Firefighter seriously injured while responding to accident in Manhattan

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Monday, July 18, 2022
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It was a frightening scene in Hell's Kitchen on Sunday when a BMW involved in a crash slammed down on a firefighter's leg in the middle of a rescue operation. Naveen Dhaliwal has t

WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- It was a frightening scene in Hell's Kitchen on Sunday when a BMW involved in a crash slammed down on a firefighter's leg in the middle of a rescue operation.

Good Samaritans quickly jumped into action.

Randi Wahn and her husband, Matthew still can't believe they walked out of their white Volvo without a scratch.

'It's a miracle that both of us were not hurt at all," she said.

On Sunday afternoon, the couple was stopped at a red light on 11th Ave at West 42nd Street. Matthew was behind the wheel. A Black BMW SUV then landed on top of their car.

"His wheel climbed up on top of our car and he was lodged there," Matthew said.

Good Samaritan Ben Arias jumped into action, helping the couple as well as the occupants of the BMW get out.

As firefighters tried to help and passenger of the SUV, the driver hit the gas, moving the truck forward, causing it to fall on top of a firefighter, identified as Ryan Warnock.

Once again, Good Samaritans rushed into the lift the truck.

Warnock was a part of the Hudson River boat rescue last week. He is recovering in the hospital with leg injuries, but so many are thankful for his bravery.

The driver of the BMW and his son are both ok, but how the accident happened is still under investigation.

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