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Texas Officer Saves Driver From Out-of-Control Pick-Up

2018-09-22 21:12
A quick-acting police officer from Anna, Texas saved the life of a motorist—from another motorist. The story started on September 7, when the tiny town of Anna, Texas, was getting pounded by rain. Visibility was impeded and the roads were slick, and the 12,000 residents of the town, some 50 miles northeast of Dallas, were finding it hard to navigate the roadways. Anna police officer Brandon Blair was cruising carefully along the storm-soaked highways when he saw an SUV off the right side of the road, facing the wrong way, wedged against a tree. Meghan Herriera was standing by her stuck truck, getting oaked by the rain, and more than a little upset, According to local NBC affiliate KTen News. Officer Blair headed out into the rain to help the stranded motorist. His dash cam recorded what followed. Ass officer Blair approached the wrecked car he started pulling off his raincoat. He could see that the driver was getting soaked and could use the weather protection. As he was handing the driver, Meghan Herriera, his raincoat, Officer Blair saw a speeding pick-up truck sliding sideways around the corner, just a few yards away. "It was literally like 'Final Destination,' like in movies when you see people grab and run," Herriera told KTen. Officer Blair grabbed Herriera and swung her to the side of the road. Both of them leapt away as the speeding pick-up slammed broadside into Herriera’s SUV. "It's something that you can't see in the video, but it was seconds—within seconds—I could have been gone," she said. While Meghan Herriera stood, stunned, looking at the pick-up which would have hit her had Officer Blair not stopped, the officer called for a wrecker. "I feel like if the scenario was different ... if it was on a different road, or one of our major highways, I felt like we wouldn't have been able to get out of the way," Blair told KTen. "I'm very thankful and humble that we were able to avoid getting struck by another car and I was able to return home to my family." Meghan Herriera visited Officer Blair at the police station on Sept. 19 to thank him for saving both their lives. The reunion moved her to tears, according to the Anna Police Department Facebook site, but she felt better getting to tell Officer Blair how grateful she was. The meeting was rewarding for both parties.