GUTHRIE, Okla. - Alex Woodard, 16, made a split second decision Tuesday that could have very well ended her life.
She swerved to avoid a small animal on Charter Oak Road in Deer Creek.
“My car did like a full 360 spin around and slammed into a metal gate, and I don’t really remember what happened after that. I was knocked unconscious,” Alex said.
She has a vague recollection of being pulled from the car and then hearing it explode just seconds later.
“It was loud. You could hear the glass hit things from like yards away. It was crazy,” Alex said.
Alex’s parents heard bits and pieces from people at the scene who spoke to the man who saved her.
“She said a farmer was passing by, saw the car on fire, pulled Alex out,” said her dad, Kenton Woodard.
But, he was gone by the time firefighters arrived.
“If he hadn’t come along when he did, it sounds like we would’ve had a definite different outcome,” said Deer Creek Fire Chief Cory Beagles.
Two days after the accident, the only visible mark on Alex is a slight burn on her arm.
“My neck hurts. My lower body hurts. My arm hurts,” she said.
But, she’s alive.
The section of Charter Oak Road where she wrecked is pretty deserted.
Not many cars pass that way.
“It’s a remote location. I mean, that’s all farmland,” Kenton said.
“And, that could’ve been her coffin. Because, there is nothing there,” said her mom, Jenifer Woodard.
They’d like to find the man that was in the right place at the right time and took action.
“I don’t even know his name yet. I would like to hug his neck, buy him dinner, a beer, whatever he does,” Jenifer said.
As they look over the charred area from the wreck, the Woodard family feels very blessed.
And, they want their guardian angel to know just how thankful they are.
Firefighters said, because of the extent of damage to the vehicle, it’s almost impossible to determine exactly why the car caught on fire.