Dozens of strangers stop to help rescue a 9-year-old trapped under a car

Saturday morning, a Ford Excursion was traveling northbound on I-75 towards Gibsonton Drive when one of the rear tires ruptured causing the driver to loose control of the car. Immediately they veered off into the median and flipped over the guardrail. The car landed on the roof with a 9-year-old passenger trapped underneath according to Bay News 9.

When they saw the crash, many pulled over to help out including Dayna Gibson and her father David Lowe. With the help of strangers, the 31 year old driver and child passenger were able to make it out of the car safely

“She told us that her youngest daughter was under the vehicle,” Gibson said. “So at that time all of us ran around to the other side and we saw the little girl’s arm sticking out from under the vehicle.”


Gibson estimates as many as 50 people pulled over on the busy highway to pitch in.


“We achieved what would have been impossible by coming together,” Gibson said. “There were people from all walks of life there, it didn’t matter.”

“It was surreal,” Lowe said. “Everyone from shorts and flip flops to three-piece suits.”

Many stood holding the car upright so it didn’t tip back over until first responders were able to secure it.

“I think if we could be reminded how powerful we are together, especially during these times, we could do a lot of great things,” Gibson said.

It’s wonderful to be reminded of how connected and kind humanity can be to each other.

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