“By God’s grace. Obviously I had someone watching over me that morning,” was how Dayton Fire Capt. Barry Cron described surviving the injury he suffered Tuesday while responding to an accident on U.S. 35.
Cron was on the scene where a vehicle overturned in the median. While police, firefighters and medics were on the scene, icy conditions caused more vehicles to crash. Cron was struck while checking on the occupants in one of the wrecked vehicles. The impact threw him almost 30 feet.
“I can’t believe it. it’s just unbelievable,” he said about seeing the accident that was captured in cruiser cam video. He said he had about a half second warning before he was hit, and was waiting for another car to hit him as was lying on the ground, unable to move.
A Dayton fire captain who survived a dramatic crash Tuesday on U.S. 35 said he had less than a second’s warning that he was about to be thrown through the air.
Captain Barry Cron said he was conscious the whole time and remembers a half second of tires skidding before he was tumbling. He landed on his back in the snow and immediately began to assess his own injuries.
When Cron’s ladder crew arrived on the scene just before 5:30 a.m. there were only a few cars that had slid off the icy roadway, he said. He was assessing a victim in one of the vehicles when another lost control and slammed into the pileup.
Cron told media Thursday he has three broken ribs and has a fracture in his leg and a lot of bumps and bruises.
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