Bystanders lift burning car, save biker

This is a great video of a group of bystanders saving a man’s life:

Update: Brandon Wright’s family said Tuesday morning, “We are happy to report that he will be OK, having suffered several broken bones, road rash, and some bruises. Brandon was able to meet with family Monday night and said he is very humbled, and owes so many people his life.”


LOGAN — Dozens of bystanders are being praised for their part in saving a motorcyclist’s life in Logan Monday morning. A nearby camera captured them pulling the man out from under a burning car.

The accident happened just before noon on U.S. Highway 89 near the Utah State University campus. Police say BMW sedan pulled out from a parking lot, and an oncoming motorcycle was unable to stop.

“(The motorcyclist) saw what was taking place in front of him, laid the motorcycle down in an effort to keep from colliding with the vehicle,” said Assistant Logan Police Chief Jeff Curtis.

The two collided, and both vehicles burst into flames. Police say 21-year-old Brandon Wright ended up pinned underneath the car.

“It was very hot. It was hot and very dangerous,” said witness Anvar Abdumitalimovic Suyundikov. “I thought it was close to explode.”

Suyundikov said he and several others, including students and construction workers, watched it unfold. They called for help, but had no time to wait for emergency workers to arrive. “If we wait, we could lose him,” Suyundikov said.

Rather than stand by, the group gathered together, lifted the vehicle up, and pulled Wright to safety.

“It was a very tall fire,” Suyundikov said. “When I lifted the car, it was very, very hot in there.”

Looking at the charred wreckage afterward, police say the group may have saved Wright’s life.

“I’m impressed that that many people would get involved, especially where there’s fire involved, the possibility of explosions and everything else,” Curtis said.

Still, Suyundikov says he and the several others did only what they had to. “I’m no hero,” he said.

As emergency responders move in to help, Wright finally started to show signs of life. It’s something that may not have been possible if the group of onlookers didn’t step in and help.

“They’re rescuers. They did a great job of getting him the help that he needed,” Curtis said.

“I just was in the right moment to help him,” Suyundikov said.

Wright, who suffered several broken bones in the accident, was transported to Intermountain Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition Monday evening.

The driver of the BMW suffered minor injuries.

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20 thoughts on “Bystanders lift burning car, save biker

  1. These are real Americans, and they did what real Americans do everyday. Contrast this with the flash mobs in the UK and in this country this summer, and their total DISREGARD for life!

  2. My prayer is for Brandon’s quick recovery as pain free as possible and a prayer of thankfulness for his rescue and for the Heroes that saved his life.

  3. My prayer is for Brandon’s quick recovery as pain free as possible and a prayer of thankfulness for his rescue and for the Heroes that saved his life.

    1. I get to thinking that sometimes but then I remember. The American spirit will never be a goner. We the people are the strength and HEART of The United States of America. As long as there are people who love this nation, our Homeland, and will fight for her, there will always be heroes like these.

      Now our government – that’s another story altogether….

  4. That’s the way to do it! Together, selflessly! Thank you to all those who worked to make a happy ending…you’re a great example to all of us!

  5. Suyundikov is wrong. Very wrong.

    He IS a hero. They all are. They all risked their well-being to help someone else in danger.

    If that’s not heroism, I don’t know what is.

  6. That was amazing! My son saw it on the news and hollered at me to look. He’s discovered the Rescue 911 series on you tube and loves it, and this reminded him of that. He seems to want to be an EMT when he grows up (at least this month he does!)
    It’s so good to see every day people not being afraid to help others who need it! God Bless them!

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