First responders are responsible for saving thousands of lives around the world every year. They are the first line of defense in the face of an accident or emergency.
But even though emergency services can arrive at the scene of an incident quickly, there are instances in which immediate intervention is required. Without action from bystanders and good Samaritans, there is only so much paramedics can do.
In Washington, DC, a car lost control and careened onto the sidewalk.
Around 2:30 p.m. on April 24, a number of pedestrians were walking along a busy DC street when the car mounted the sidewalk and crashed into a light pole. It happened in a flash, and it took a second for those nearby to realize what had happened.
“We were working, and all of the sudden we heard this loud crash,” Dio King told WJLA.
The car vaulted the sidewalk as a result of having collided with a pickup truck moments earlier. According to NBC4 Washington, the truck overshot a left turn and collided with the silver Chevy Malibu seen in the video below.
Onlookers scrambled to help, as four people had been hit, and two were trapped under the vehicle on the walkway.
“Thirteen or 14 of us ran over and just picked up the car pulled it off of them,” King said.
Ephrem Engdashet, a taxi driver parked only a few feet away from the crash, captured the entire incident on his car’s dashcam. He dialed 911 moments after witnessing the incident, but left his car to aid rescue efforts before speaking to the operator.
“I was, like, shocked,” Engdashet told WJLA. “I was in my car, you know, just for maybe 10, 15 seconds, then they were asking like ‘Help, help, help.'”
The team of good Samaritans were quick and organized, lifting the silver Chevy sedan off the ground and freeing the trapped victims. People working nearby, other drivers, and even the driver of the pickup truck, all pitched in to lift the car.
By the time paramedics arrived, the victims were free and ready to be taken to the hospital.
Those hit by the vehicle were all breathing and conscious when paramedics arrived.
All injured were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Had it not been for the quick thinking and heroic actions of the crowd, the result may have been much worse.
WATCH: dash cam video from a taxi cab shows the scary moment a car jumped a curb in Northwest Washington. pic.twitter.com/i8isLGoXno
— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) April 24, 2018
Update crash with pedestrians struck 9th St X NY Ave NW. 2 vehicle collision with 1 that ran into sidewalk. We are transporting 4 pedestrians with serious injuries to area hospitals. No injuries to occupants of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/6yvIwYoWwe
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 24, 2018