Two men share story of rescuing a local driver

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - What would you do if you saw a car drive off the road and flip several times into a ditch?

For two mid-Michigan men --- that's the split decision they had to make just last week.

Mark Kotch and Bill Peterson were driving to work during normal early morning rush hour traffic on I-96 until out of nowhere the unthinkable happened. They witnessed a car accident.

"A car two cars in front of us lost control went to the left of the median and back to the right and flipped 3 times into a drainage ditch full of water," Peterson said.

The men were then faced with a choice to act or standby, but for these two men standing by wasn't an option.

Kotch said, "He yelled pull over, pull over, I pulled over immediately. I slammed on the brakes, slammed the van in park, and we just went into action - there was no thinking about it."

Peterson jumped out of the van before it was even parked and ran to
the flipped over car. He then attempted to break the front window in order
to free the person trapped inside.

"It was panic when I couldn't get that window to break; I kept beating on the door I kept screaming and yelling to let whoever in there to know we were there to help and we were getting them out."

Kotch got a hammer from the van and broke open the window, finally
able to pull the woman who was driving the car, out to safety.

"She was bleeding pretty good from both hands and we just wrapped her up and tried to keep her calm until the EMS got there."

Most people would call this a heroic act, but Kotch and Peterson say
they were simply in the right place at the right time.

"It's not like that we are heroes," Kotch said. "I don't feel that I'm a hero, I feel we did the right thing with what we had to do."

The men have a message for anyone who sees a car accident:
"Don't just stop and start taking pictures and putting them on social media to say hey this is what I seen today, call 9-1-1."

And because of their quick actions, the driver was taken to the hospital and released the same day.