FOX 66 News at Ten
Temperatures Thursday morning were struggling to
reach above zero. Anyone caught outside and unprepared faced a life-threatening
situation. For one driver, that scenario became all too real until a passing
highway worker happened to be in the right place at the right time.
if someone needs help you go help them," said Zach Page, a driver with the
Macon County Highway Department in Illinois.
An ordinary Thursday morning for Page quickly
changed to a rescue situation. "When I passed by the guy I was heading to
another road on Route 51 and I just saw his hazards on," said Page.
wasn't your average broken-down car. Robert Edwards ran out of gas, meaning he
had no heat during the worst winter weather seen in years. His cell phone ran
out of minutes, and motorists literally blew by without offering help.
"But he said about 15 minutes before I got there a semi went by him and
blew his back window out, the pressure I guess, and he said after that it got
really cold," said Page.
Page was the only person to stop. "Basically
you could just tell he was really happy to see me. He had been there about an
hour, he said, when I got to him." said Page.
But the ordeal was far from
over. The location on Route 51 is rural, with no gas stations for miles.
"I took him first to Forsyth to see about getting a gas can and some gas.
Well they didn't have any gas cans. I turned around and took him to Maroa to
Casey's and he got a gas can and a gallon of gas and took him back. Well we put
the gallon of gas in and well then his car wouldn't start. It was dead,"
Eventually Edwards was put back on the road. A few hours later he
took to social media, thanking Page for saving his life. "You know it's
definitely nothing I did to try and get a pat on the back, but I thought it was
really nice of him to acknowledge it, and he told me multiple times how
thankful he was," said Page.
The Macon County Highway Department says
their drivers often come upon stranded motorists. They say this case was very
rare since the driver had no heat source and no way to communicate.
Monday, January 27 2014, 11:04 AM EST
National News Headlines
|Conflict with Oregon city leaves residents without access to fully-built $1M public library|
|A northern Oregon city is being forced to use a van as its sole library after a blueprint mix-up shut down the new $1.2 million public library building.|
|Romanian princess gets probation for role in cockfighting business in Oregon|
|A Romanian princess who helped run a cockfighting enterprise in Oregon has been sentenced to three years of probation and won't have to go to prison.|
|How academic scandal at University of North Carolina worked to help athletes, other students|
|The academic scandal at the University of North Carolina unfolded over nearly two decades and involved about 3,100 students, nearly half of them athletes, according to a report released Wednesday by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein.|
|Security hiked at Tomb of Unknowns after Canada shooting, although FBI says no known threats|
|The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.|
|Denver teacher fired after students hurt in botched lab experiment is charged with misdemeanor|
|A Denver school chemistry teacher who was fired after four students were burned in a science experiment gone wrong now faces a criminal charge.|
|Florida A&M hazing history allowed in death trial; can't say drum major killed was gay|
|A history of hazing among Florida A&M band members will be allowed to be mentioned in the trial of four ex- members charged in a drum major's hazing death, but the judge says there should be no mention that the man killed was gay.|
|2 dead in Houston hospital shooting|
|Two people were fatally shot Wednesday at a Houston hospital, police said.|
|S&P 500 falls, ending a four-day winning streak, as drop in oil price drags down energy stocks|
|Stocks are ending lower, breaking a four-day winning streak, as a drop in the price of oil dragged energy companies lower.|
|Ohio man convicted of killing girlfriend's parents with sledgehammer days after he stabbed her|
|An Ohio man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after he stabbed and critically injured their daughter for refusing him sex.|
|Lawsuit by transgender, gay inmates in California county claims segregation, no rehab services|
|Gay, bisexual and transgender inmates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against San Bernardino County and its sheriff, alleging they are kept in a segregated unit that doesn't give them equal access to rehabilitation services and work programs that could shorten their incarceration and help them learn job skills.|