Trucker hero recounts rescue of victims from fiery crash

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 10/19/2012

Victor Jordan says he truly believes he was in the right place at the right time around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, because he just can’t explain it any other way.

Jordan, an OOIDA member from Shakopee, MN, said that until Tuesday, he had never saved anyone’s life before. However, within 30 seconds after a fiery crash that occurred right in front of him, he was able to stop his rig and run the 75 yards or so from his truck to save the lives of three people.

The crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. 52 and State Route 302 between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer, in Ashland County, OH. The two vehicles slammed into a nearby house. All both vehicles and the house caught on fire. He was able to pull free the truck driver and two of the pickup’s passengers. The driver of the pickup died at the scene.

On that day, Jordan remembers making a wrong turn, then after getting turned around, he was slowed down again by a horse and buggy on the road. Just seconds after he was able to maneuver around the horse and buggy, he witnessed the crash.

“Two seconds earlier, if I hadn’t have been slowed down, mine would have been the tractor-trailer that was hit,” Jordan told Land Line on Thursday, Oct. 18. “Stuff started flying and I slammed on my brakes and jumped out. I believe I was spared for a reason that day so I could help those three people out of their vehicles.”

He said he sustained minor burns to his head, neck and hands trying to rescue the victims of the crash. Some of the power lines caught on fire, hitting him in the head and neck. His hands were burned by the hot metal of the seatbelt buckles as he was rescuing them from the crash.

“I remember thinking that I had lost my sister, Felica (Jordan), in a car crash two years ago,” he said. “That was the only thing that was running through my mind was to try to save somebody’s life. It was a tragic day because I wasn’t able to get the fourth (person) out, but it was also a blessing for me to be there to save the lives of the three that I could.”

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