Good Samaritans rescue woman after I-75 car wreck

11:08 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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JONESBORO, Ga. -- It was a frightening experience for a Jonesboro woman Wednesday night when her car was sideswiped by another vehicle getting on to Interstate 75.

Her car spun out of control and came to rest on the side of the highway. She was trapped inside. Passing motorists pulled over, jumped from their vehicles and after calling 911, pulled the woman out of the car.

She said they saved her life.

"I have just had the scariest encounter of my whole life and I cannot believe I came out of that," said Haley Shackelford, who says she owes her life to five total strangers.

"I had two carloads of men that not only stopped, but risked their lives to help me -- strangers I had never met," she said.

"They all got out of the car in the middle of the Interstate, five men helping me."

Shackelford didn't know their names but clearly remembered what they did.

"This one man pulled over and he was amazing. He held my hand almost the whole time," she said.

"This man held me in his arms. He carried me. Put me in the first guy's car. They risked a chance at never seeing their moms and dads and wives and kids again for a stranger, for me. I wouldn't ask anybody to do that," Shackelford said.

Shackelford's biggest question: who were these people who saved her? She just wants to give them a big hug.

"If anyone knows these guys, I would love the opportunity to do this," she said.

One of the five strangers, Andrew Williams, was the first person who stopped.

"I just wanted to make sure that you were okay. I didn't want you to be alone. If it was my wife and my daughter, I would want someone to be there for them to make sure they were safe and that's all I kept thinking," Williams said.

For Shackelford it was a night that brought out the best in five strangers.

"They saved my life," she said.





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