A woman whose father avoided serious injury following a horrific crash in Minneapolis wants to find the good Samaritan who helped him at the scene.
The Minnesota State Patrol told BringMeTheNews that a tow truck stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 94 at Cedar Riverside was struck by a Nissan, which was being driven by Moua Vang at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
Vang, 60, of St. Paul, escaped with non-life-threatening injuries despite the crash crumpling his car, and he was aided in his escape by a woman who pulled Vang through the windshield to get him out of his vehicle.
Vang's daughter Nou issued an appeal on Facebook – which has been shared over 1,500 times – to trace this good Samaritan.
"We are trying to find the woman who helped my Dad get out of the car through the windshield. All my dad remembers is that she was African-American and that she ran to him to help him," her post says.
"Please share this and help us find the woman. We and especially my mom wants to thank this woman," she adds.
Tow truck driver hit by two cars
The State Patrol said the tow truck was loading a broken-down car on the left shoulder of eastbound I-94 when the crash occurred.
The shoulder is said to be "very narrow" and the tow truck was only about three-quarters of the way in the lane, with its flashing lights illuminated.
Vang was driving in the left lane and the tow truck operator, 38-year-old Trevor Allison, noticed he wasn't slowing down as he approached, so he jumped over the freeway wall to the westbound lanes to avoid Vang's car, only to be struck by two vehicles.
He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. He is expected to survive.
The incident prompted a warning from the State Patrol for drivers to be mindful of emergency vehicles and tow trucks stopped on major roads.
Lt. Tiffani Nielson telling the Star Tribune that "motorists must slow [down] and move a lane away from police, fire, EMS, MnDOT, or tow trucks."
It is possible that Vang could yet be cited for his role in the crash.