“I wasn’t sure how I would pay for any of it,” Single mom saved from the side of the highway

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OKLAHOMA - A metro mom is counting her lucky stars after a blowout on the turnpike leads to even more costly repairs.

The tire was a complete loss, and fragments wrapped their way into the undercarriage and gas tank.

But, what would've been a steep fee for the single mom is now a lesson in southern hospitality.

Between two kids, school and work, Cayli McClain's plate is full.

So, when she lost a tire and tore up her car's undercarriage on the turnpike, the super mom was out of answers.

"I wasn't sure how I would pay for any of it," McClain said.

Payments aside, McClain wasn't even sure how she'd get home - till a stranger pulled up, sensing her distress.

"A gentleman stops and says 'Hey, do you need some help?' And, I said 'Yeah, that'd be great,'" McClain said.

"She had car seats in the back, and I knew she had her hands full to begin with," said Ben McKnight, who happened to be driving by.

The problems, though, spread far past the popped tire, with a damaged fuel line leaking gas onto the turnpike.

McKnight tailed McClain to a Dodge dealership, Bob Howard's in Edmond.

He ultimately paid for not one but four new tires and picked up the tab on all remaining repairs.

"All together, it came out to $855," McClain said.

NewsChannel 4 reunited the two on Thursday.

"Thank you so much," McClain said, blinking back tears. "I mean, really, it's just, I'll start crying again."

Two strangers now unlikely friends, and McClain is excited for the day she can also pay it forward.

"The good Lord put me in the right place at the right time," McKnight said. "I was able to help out a genuine human being."


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