Local soldier helps save life following accident on I-64

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 8:47 AM

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) – A decorated veteran ended up at the right place at the right time on Sunday.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff, Raymond Burdett flipped his car three times and landed upside-down in a ditch after losing control of his car on I-64. 

Jody Macias, awarded the Purple Heart for being injured in Iraq, caught the last flip and immediately pulled over to help even though he was on the other side of the highway traveling west.  The disabled veteran went over the barricade and crossed the highway.

Burdett’s engine was on fire, and smoke surrounded the car. 

“There was glass everywhere.  The windshield was cracked,” Macias said.  “Like a tornado hit the inside of it.  It was pretty devastating.”

Macias used his knife to cut Burdett free, and let the others carry him to a safe distance.  Burdett was taken to UK Hospital, and is expected to be okay.  Macias plans to visit the man once doctors allow visitors.
 

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