Heroic bystanders lift flaming car off injured motorcyclist

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A group of civilians in Logan, Utah is credited with saving the life of a motorcyclist after he became trapped under a burning car. The incident took place after the 4,000lbs BMW 5-series crashed into the rider and was set alight by fuel spilling from the bike’s fuel tank. The rider, 21-year old Brandon Wright, is in stable condition.

The crash occurred when the driver of the BMW sorry-mate-didn’t-see-you’d Brandon as it pulled out of parking lot and into his path. In an attempt to avoid the car, police say Brandon threw the bike down. But, instead of missing it, he ended up sliding under BMW and becoming trapped.

A flames rose, construction workers, a man in a suit, a woman in sandals and students from the nearby Utah State University realized the danger Brandon was in and rushed to lift the heavy German sedan up far enough to pull him to safety.

Logan police are currently seeking the rescuers so they can be recognized for their bravery.

Thanks for the tip, Joe.

  • Kit

    Good on ‘em! It’s a nice change to see people looking out for one another, that’s all too rare these days.

  • HolyHandGrenade!

    Hopefully the rider comes out ok. He looked pretty bad in the video. I bet he starts wearing gear. Anyway, good to see people doing the right thing. Hopefully the BMW guy helped as well.

  • Chris

    You have to wonder if the guy in the suit, the guy leaning up against the car not doing shit to help, was the BMW driver.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      I guess he could be in shock, not really realising what’s happening…
      The selflessness of the bystanders is heartwarming.

  • jwinter

    Yikes. That’s no small feat, even with a few people.

  • Johndo

    Yep, he will definitely start putting gear on…And nice indeed to see a bunch of people helping out someone in a really bad situation.

  • Gene

    “In an attempt to avoid the car, police say Brandon threw the bike down.”

    *Facepalm* I thought this was just a “stupid thing done by Harley riders” along with “stay off that front brake. It’ll throw ya over the handlebars.”

    OTOH, I’ve never seen the cops be correct about a bike crash on the first try, so I guess I’ll give him benefit of the doubt.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      No gear? I’m guessing this guy wasn’t exactly well versed at the proper operation of his motorcycle’s brakes.

    • John

      Police say he “laid the bike down.” Only Brandon knows what happened seconds before impact. As for not wearing any gear, it doesn’t look like he has shoes either. He could have very well had gloves and a half lid but lost them in the collision. We should not try to speculate, just be thankful he is alive. This should serve as a reminder to all to wear your gear and be alert. Oh, and to watch out for asshats in bmws.

    • zato1414

      Oh come on Gene, enough of the Harley rider BS! You know the front brakes can’t stop a half ton of hurtling pure power and steel, besides we usually crash in the driveway.

  • Stuart

    Let’s hope this has a happy ending for everyone involved. Kudos to all the rescuers :)

  • Deryl

    Simply amazing, But they should have went ahead and flip the BMW on it’s head for good measure.

    • ursus

      Very heartwarming. It is really neat the latecomer who pulled the guy out looked down, saw a foot, and got the plan.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Please please please don’t tell me that the BMW driver was the fat fuck in the suit standing around and watching the trapped rider get immolated. Second most useless person in the video: the law enforcement officer. Hey, he’s not there to save lives, he’s there to enforce the law.

    Inspiring effort from random people. Once they realized what was at stake they acted decisively. I hope I handle a crisis the same way.

  • http://www.tripleclamp.net Sasha Pave

    Here’s a youtube version you can embed: http://youtu.be/1ZS5JPiqPmI

    Inspiring watching the bystanders pick up the car!

    But seriously, this has bad-situation written all over it. Dude on the bike with no gear + fat guy in BMW + look at the rear tire on the bike: http://i.imgur.com/J4fSV.jpg

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Is the YouTube video embedded in our article not working for you?

      • ursus

        Embedding is disabled now – wasn’t earlier.

      • Kirill

        Says embedding disabled by request.

    • Zach

      Yikes. That Honda(?) and its rider could have benefited from some more confidence inspiring rubber, though I don’t know what the weight of the BMW driver has to do with the risk of the situation.

      • John

        looks like a CX500.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Here is to hoping that there are more folks in the world like the ones that ran to the car to lift it up, than the tools standing there like … tools.

  • Sean Smith

    “Logan police are currently seeking the rescuers so they can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

    There, fixed it for you ;)

    • CCarey

      Yea I like how the cops come in after the fact, kick all the rescuers out of the area and walk around for a while with an undeserved sense of satisfaction while the rider lays there on the ground. They don’t even so much as check for a frigin pulse for a minuite and a half when the construction worker (or paramedic in street clothes?) comes in to start basic first aid. (something the pigs should be trained in)

  • pplassm

    From another source, the dude in the suit doing nothing was the back-seat passenger in the BMW. The driver is assisting the lift effort.

    • aristurtle

      I was about to say, if that guy was the driver they should have shoved him under the car after they got the motorcyclist free.

  • Rick

    Thank God for people everywhere who see a need and don’t become spectators.

  • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett
    • http://www.smartcycleshopper.com/author/doug-dalsing/ DougD

      Looks like you beat me to it!

  • T Diver

    Read his comments. I say we chip in and buy him a new helmet. (any takers?)

    • zato1414

      You wanna buy him a bike too?