The organ donor’s body saved the driver as the crash leaves hanging over the canyon
An organ donor helped save a man’s life in a very unexpected way in Colorado when a hearing crashed and nearly plunged into a canyon — but the dead organ donor’s weight on the back helped keep the teetering car from a fatal fall.
CBS News Colorado Report On the snowy night of January 29, 2023, the drive to Hubbard and Son’s funeral home service was a difficult one, mostly due to other drivers. An employee of the company was transferring a body behind a hearse from Grand Junction to another location for organ donation, but told the Colorado State Patrol that the driver of a red Durango sped past him on the way to the Eisenhower Tunnel.
He said he changed lanes to get out of the way of the erratic driver and lost control in the blizzard around 3am, hitting the barrier at the end of the road.
His hearing crashes through the barrier, wobbles along Interstate 70, and a fatal drop, but stops, the front wheels hanging over the canyon. While the driver and his family declined to be interviewed on camera, they told CBS News Colorado that the weight of the vehicle’s rear body likely kept the vehicle on the road and therefore stopped the hearse from hitting the side of I-70. He said it saved his life, no doubt.
“There’s a lucky mother ******” a responding law enforcement officer is heard walking toward the vehicle, suspended as if frozen in time, almost perfectly balanced half-on and half-off.
Silverthorne Police Department
Donor Alliance communications director Cheryl Talley was not able to comment specifically on the case, but told CBS News Colorado that all organ donors are giving families the opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones.
“Being an organ donor and registering as an organ donor is the most generous thing anyone can do, giving the gift of life to someone who has no chance at life without a possible transplant,” Talley said.
More than 100,000 people in the United States Awaiting an organ transplant. But more than half of them are expected to receive an organ within five years.
The Donor Alliance states that 66% of Coloradans are organ donors.
“We always need more to register because we want to see 100% of Coloradoans registering to be organ donors because the need is so great.” “About 1,500 people in Colorado are waiting for a life-saving transplant today.”