The Three Mitchell Tech students are being called heroes today, But how do they cope with what they experienced at the scene?
A psychologist at Avera Health explains why dealing with that tragic day could take time for everyone involved.
A car crash south of Mitchell left two people dead, but one little girl is still alive thanks to three MTI students who just happened to be passing by.
"It still seems unreal. It's finally coming to you that that actually happened," rescuer, Corey Ramold said.
Corey Ramold, Brandon Sandoz, and Abby Albin were on the scene immediately after the deadly crash on Highway 37. They were unable to pull Sarah Claggett and Donald Geidel from the wreckage, however they were able to save Claggett's daughter.
Many are calling these three young people, heroes, but coping with what they saw at the crash site can be difficult.
"People have a disruption somewhat in their routine. They may have difficulty sleeping. Their appetite might change. They might find themselves thinking or replaying the incident," Dr. Nancy Vander Lee said.
Dr. Nancy Vander Lee is a psychologist for Avera Health. She says anyone who experiences such a tragic incident should not avoid their thoughts, or even the crash site; but should really try to confront what they're feeling.
"Because it helps you to make sense of it cognitively. As well as to replay it in your mind. In a time when you can control your breathing, your reactions. And we think by talking it through and understanding yourself, that it's easier to heal from an experience like this," Vander Lee said.
Vander Lee says even though it could take weeks or months for these young heroes to feel normal again, what they went through could help others.
"People who go through these things, they become stronger. And more resilient. So they have the opportunity to share that strength with the people in the community," Vander Lee said.
There is no word on how the two-year-old girl who survived the crash is doing. She was last reported to be in the hospital with critical injuries.