FOX 66 News at Ten
Temperatures Thursday morning were struggling to
reach above zero. Anyone caught outside and unprepared faced a life-threatening
situation. For one driver, that scenario became all too real until a passing
highway worker happened to be in the right place at the right time.
if someone needs help you go help them," said Zach Page, a driver with the
Macon County Highway Department in Illinois.
An ordinary Thursday morning for Page quickly
changed to a rescue situation. "When I passed by the guy I was heading to
another road on Route 51 and I just saw his hazards on," said Page.
wasn't your average broken-down car. Robert Edwards ran out of gas, meaning he
had no heat during the worst winter weather seen in years. His cell phone ran
out of minutes, and motorists literally blew by without offering help.
"But he said about 15 minutes before I got there a semi went by him and
blew his back window out, the pressure I guess, and he said after that it got
really cold," said Page.
Page was the only person to stop. "Basically
you could just tell he was really happy to see me. He had been there about an
hour, he said, when I got to him." said Page.
But the ordeal was far from
over. The location on Route 51 is rural, with no gas stations for miles.
"I took him first to Forsyth to see about getting a gas can and some gas.
Well they didn't have any gas cans. I turned around and took him to Maroa to
Casey's and he got a gas can and a gallon of gas and took him back. Well we put
the gallon of gas in and well then his car wouldn't start. It was dead,"
Eventually Edwards was put back on the road. A few hours later he
took to social media, thanking Page for saving his life. "You know it's
definitely nothing I did to try and get a pat on the back, but I thought it was
really nice of him to acknowledge it, and he told me multiple times how
thankful he was," said Page.
The Macon County Highway Department says
their drivers often come upon stranded motorists. They say this case was very
rare since the driver had no heat source and no way to communicate.
Monday, January 27 2014, 11:04 AM EST
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