The three MTI friends were on their way to Nebraska when they came upon the deadly crash and saved the life of a little girl.
"Still in shock a little bit," Albin said.
"Seems unreal," Ramold said.
Still visibly shaken almost 24 hours after the crash, 19-year-old Brandon Sandoz, 18-year-old Corey Ramold and 20-year-old Abby Albin recount their courageous actions that saved the life of a two year old. The child is the only survivor in a firey crash that killed her mother, Sarah Claggett and Donald Geidel.
"There really isn't a thought process. you just do all you can do with what you have there with the resources that you have. That's all I really did." Sandoz said.
The trio jumped into action when they saw both vehicles burning and leaking gasoline. Because Claggett was gravely injured, Sandoz dove for her daughter, unconscious and strapped into her car seat in the back of the van.
"I don't know what caused it and I don't really care," Sandoz said. "I knew there was a fire and gas line somewhere and knew it was going to go up. She still had a pulse and I did what anyone else would have and just took the one that was alive and go back and get the other one out."
"I looked at the older guy and he wasn't there," Ramold said. "So I went back and helped with the little girl. I dropped the tailgate and Brandon dropped her on the back of the tailgate and we tried getting the mom out but that just went up in flames."
The two men then focused their attention on Geidel, who did not have a pulse inside his pick-up. With the help of nearby farmers, they used chains and ripped the doors off the burning truck, pulled Geidel out and started CPR. While they are being hailed heroes for their bravery amid personal danger, these three friends say it was the right thing to do.
"All of us have been taught through the years to help each other out before yourself," Ramold said. "I think that went through all of our minds when we did that, I guess. I never really thought about it, just helped somebody else out. I just feel bad and want to help out."