Richland County accident updateRichland County, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a parent's worst nightmare: Getting a phone call late at night, and hearing that your child was involved in an accident.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Richland County, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a parent's worst nightmare: Getting a phone call late at night, and hearing that your child was involved in an accident.
That's what happened for 14 families Saturday after 13 kids were injured in a Richland County car crash.
David Todd- Passenger in Van: “Seatbelt definitely saved my life.”
Plastic scraps and skid marks are all that's left after a two- vehicle accident in Richland County, but the countless kids involved carry their own reminders of the horrific scene that night.
Todd: “Just a few bruises. Bumps and bruises, but nothing too serious.”
Just before midnight, 13 people ages 15 to 20 were traveling south of Abercrombie. They were coming back from a movie in Wahpeton and when their 15-passenger van reached this intersection, they collided with an SUV trying to turn left, sending both vehicles off the road.
Todd: “The driver of the other vehicle cut right in front of us and we hit him almost head on.”
20-year-old David Todd and his brother were buckled-in in the back.
Todd: “It was all in slow motion: A lot of kids were scared… A lot of screaming and stuff.”
David says they were all friends with the other driver, 18-year-old Zachary Erbes, and can't understand how Erbes didn't see them coming before the chaos hit.
Todd: “Just trying to stay calm. I was more worried about the other people.”
He was the oldest one in the van, and after he escaped without serious injury, he immediately sprang to action, helping Erbes get out.
Todd: “That vehicle started on fire underneath, so we had to pull him out of the vehicle and help him onto the ground.”
Somehow, all 14 of them walked away from the accident alive.
Todd: “We were very lucky that there weren't very serious injuries, or even fatalities. It was a pretty bad crash.”
Now, they can start to pick up the pieces. The bumps and bruises will slowly heal, and the vivid pictures they see will fade with time.