Michigan National Guard Soldier Saves Driver from Burning Car

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

On Monday, a semi-truck plowed into stopped traffic on I-69 near the Lansing Road exit. One man was killed and four others were taken to the hospital.

Staff Sgt. Samantha Mayne of the Michigan Army National Guard was just two cars away and watched the tragedy unfold.

"Things were flying, there were balls of smoke going up, there were debris everywhere. It was like a horror movie for me."

In fact, her car was one of those hit. However, Sgt. Mayne jumped into action and pulled another driver out of his burning vehicle, likely saving his life. She says everything happened so fast that she had no time to think.

"Being in the National Guard for as long as I have you get trained to just do what you need to do and part of it is probably being a mother and that instinct to take care of people, that's all it was."

She says the driver of that car is now recovering in the hospital and she took a call from the man's wife who thanked her for being a lifesaver.

In the meantime, Staff Sgt. Mayne is also recovering. She has a sprained wrist, slight concussion and some bruising from the crash. Even so, she's thankful.

"I thank my lucky stars every day that I walked away from it. Many of the paramedics at the scene told me I was lucky to be alive and I fully believe that."

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  • by Jack Location: Jackson on Aug 10, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    Thank you, Sgt. Mayne. We are lucky to have you, and folks like you, in our community.
  • by Missy Location: Lansing on Aug 9, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    I'm a little confused. You reported earlier that a police officer named Jody Mann pulled this man from his burning car and now it is a National Guard soldier. So which is it?????
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