A woman who had her car flip on a slick highway was rescued by the Mississippi State men’s basketball team and their coach Ben Howland.
According to team officials Carolyn Ashley, who is a nurse, was not seriously injured in the crash.
The MSU team was traveling by bus to Baton Rouge, Louisiana when they watched the woman’s SUV slide across the icy highway and flip.
“She just spun out and went flying off the road,” Howland stated to ESPN. “There were multiple tumbles and turns.”
Howland said he jumped off the bus and ran towards Ashley’s vehicle with Michael Moynihan, the team’s director of operations, and David Deets, the team’s strength coach.
When they got to the car, she was unconscious but soon came to when Deets pounded on the car door. That was when she started screaming for them to get her out of the car.
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Howland said that between her frantic pleas and smoke coming from the hood, he was worried about what would happen next.
As the players exited the bus to help, Howland told them to stay back as he was concerned that another car would slide and hit them.
“We were worried this thing was going to explode,” Howland said. “It was really scary.”
According to Howland, they opened the back door on the driver’s side and pulled the woman from the car. She seemed disoriented and said her neck and knee hurt. She had no serious injuries.
“I can’t even tell you how surreal this was,” Howland stated.
“It’s really a blessing she walked away from that,” said Howland, who checked in on Ashley before Saturday’s game. “The car was totaled. I’m really thankful we weren’t seeing something that was more of a disaster. Wearing her seatbelt saved her life.”