Friday, June 10, 2011

Nine-year-old hero pulls over truck, averts freeway crash

A quick-thinking Arizona 9-year-old is being hailed as a hero after averting a freeway crash -- and perhaps saving several lives.
Kadie Christy was in the front seat of a truck that her uncle was driving when he began having seizures and lost control of the wheel--while barreling down U.S. 60 in the Mesa area.
Speaking to a local Fox station, Kadie described what happened next: "I just got the steering wheel because I knew that's what I had to do, or we would get in a crash."
Kadie drives all-terrain vehicles as a hobby--something that likely helped her in the heat of the moment. She added: "I was able to get control of the truck and pull it over hit the brakes and shift the gear to park and get out of the truck."
Meanwhile, her cousin Kolby, also 9, who was sitting in the backseat, called 911 and his grandmother.
The two kids received an award from the Mesa Fire Department Tuesday. Kadie said she was still "kind of shaking" from the incident.
Kadie's mother, Heather Pig, said she was "really just proud and surprised," adding: "You never think your kids would be able to handle something better than you would be able to."
And to top off all the good news, the uncle who had the seizure is now said to be doing OK.

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