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Johnstown man proud of son after saving woman in horrific accident


JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. - A Johnstown man says he is extremely proud of his son, after he rescued a woman from a burning car after a terrifying accident in Oregon.

When Ed Cole of Johnstown received a text message from his son, Mark Cole, Tuesday afternoon saying he was "okay" he says he had no idea what his son was talking about.

Cole checked the Internet and found video of the horrific accident that happened Tuesday on a bridge near Portland, Oregon.

Mark says he was driving a truck across a bridge carrying a massive beam on the back of it across a bridge, when the beam began to lean and quickly struck a car.

"It split the car in half and I saw the flames from inside the car," Mark said. It was then he heard screaming from inside, and jumped toward the car to help the girl inside.

"I ran over and saw the girl pinned under the steering wheel," he said. "She was inches from the beam hitting her. It is incredible that she survived."

Mark says he then grabbed the girl, used his shirt to tie up her hand to stop the bleeding, and waited for an ambulance.

Ed Cole says he is not surprised at all that Mark jumped right in immediately to help.

"I am unbelievably proud of my son and I miss him. He is way out there and I would love to have him here, but obviously there is a reason he is out there. That young lady is alive because of Mark."

Mark says he heard the girl is doing fine, minus an injury to her hand.

"A of people told me I did something not a lot of people would do with the fire and I hope that is not true. I hope most people would do that," said Mark.

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