10 motorcyclists—music execs riding to South Dakota via Illinois for a motorcycle rally—came across a huge highway collision last week and heroically saved 10 people before the paramedics had even arrived on scene.
An 18-wheel semi-truck had crashed into a row of cars stopped for construction vehicles on I-24 shortly after noon. The collision caused an eight-car pile-up—and numerous dangerous gas leaks.
“I’m sitting there looking through my rearview mirror,” said biker Frank Wing, who is also Vice President of APA. “Next thing you know—I can’t get that sound out of my head—an 18-wheeler plows into the cars at 70 miles an hour. I don’t know if he was texting or on his phone or fell asleep or what.”
The bikers, two of whom had previously worked as paramedics, called 911 but didn’t wait for assistance before getting to work helping victims out of their cars. Assembling onlookers, they pulled drivers and passengers out of damaged vehicles, including a family of six and an injured trucker and his friends.
When the bikers came across a woman trapped in her car and were unable to get her out, they moved the car to safety on a nearby grassy median…just before a gasoline leak led to an explosion that would have killed her and anyone still stuck inside adjacent vehicles.
“I knew it was going to blow up,” said Marc Oswald, co-founder of the Oswald Entertainment Group. “It smelled like acid and black smoke.
“The fact that nobody died is a miracle,” he added.
As if that weren’t enough, the rescuers heard loud popping noises throughout their exertions, which they later found out were bullets exploding—one of the motorists involved had had extra ammo for a handgun inside his damaged vehicle.
“You hear stories about running toward danger,” Wing told Pollstar. “But that’s why I’m so proud of this group we had. Something kicks in. [Marc and Greg] were cool under pressure, cool under fire, literally. They gave great instructions to all of us that were helping. Unbelieveable.”