A two- car accident on Rt. 13 in Bristol Borough left one man shaken and “very lucky” with “two vehicles totaled” on Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after 3:15 p.m. the site and sound of vehicle taking flight crashing into the parking lot outside of Giant Distributor Inc, located at 230 Bristol Pike caught the attention of everyone within the area.
A quick response from two local men, witnesses said, freed the driver of the overturned vehicle from possible danger.
According to witnesses, the driver of the brown flipped over vehicle attempted to avoid a vehicle entering Rt 13 from the parking area where a string of shops and bushiness’ reside. As he over corrected, he fishtailed, careening into a street sign, and a parked vehicle.
“I saw him try to sway out of the way of another car, and as he was trying to correct, his car fishtailed hitting the curb and that parked car and then flipped over” one witness said.
The driver, Matthew Riley, 20 of Bristol found himself trapped in the overturned vehicle as locals ran towards the vehicle pulling him out to safety by pulling the crushed driver side open, freeing the man.
“He was crushed inside of it,” Gerell Schmitt, of Bristol said.
Schmitt was one of two quick thinking on scene responders who helped to get Riley freed from the vehicle.
Schmitt said he was driving on Rt 13 too when the accident occurred.
“I’m in the far left lane and he’s next to me and the next thing I hear is a bang! He hits the curb, that sent him air born, he flipped in mid air, came down and skidded upside down,” he said.
Schmitt and other witnesses said there was another vehicle involved in the accident but that motorist kept on going.
“Its why he fishtailed,”one unidentified witness said.
Bristol Borough Police units arrived on scene taking witness statements, as traffic slowed between the Bristol Park shopping area and Bath St on the busy roadway.
Riley who said he was “really shook up,” but was “ok” and worried about his vehicle pointing to fluids dripping from the vehicle.
Bucks County Rescue Squad staff spoke with Riley, but he said he was ok.
Adding to being “lucky” Riley said he wasn’t wearing his seat belt and said that contributed to getting out of vehicle so quickly with Schmitt’s help.
“I was little terrified there for a second”, he said, “It took them no longer than 10 seconds to get me” as he described crawling out of the overturned mass of metal.
The accident investigation is ongoing.