It's always nice to find someone is out there doing the exceptional. This last week it looks like we had one in Kansas City. I man was sitting in a mini-van waiting for the light to turn when suddenly a sedan ran the light and smashed into the mini-van and a school buss full of kids. The man in the mini-van was Marvin Brantley and although he was injured in the car wreck he sprang into action to help the person who just hit him. Marvin Brantley dragged the person out of his car as it caught fire. There have been a couple of stories written about this hero. Here is one on KCTV5.
Man Being Called a Hero after pulling injured driver from burning car
By DeAnn Smith By Dave Jordan By Laura McCallister By. Sandra Olivas
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -
It was a vicious crash that could have
been much worse. One of the reasons it wasn't is because of one man who
pulled a survivor from a burning car. "I knew I was hurt, but that didn't matter at that
point. I was living and trying to make sure everybody else survived,"
Marvin Brantley Jr. said. The crash that happened at 38th Street and
Leavenworth Road about 5 p.m. Thursday could have had deadly
consequences had it not been for a man who jumped into action and pulled
an injured driver out of his burning car. "I think I done what was right under the circumstances and I'd do it again for anybody," Brantley said.
Brantley came back to the crash site the following day before heading to a doctor's appointment to reexamine his injuries. "I'm alright - just a little sore in my rib area and my back a little bit. I survived," he said. Brantley was the passenger in a van with his friend and her 8-year-old son when another car failed to stop at the light. "He ran a red light, but I can't determine what
the situation was. There was no tire marks so I don't know if he's
having a heart attack, seizure or was drunk or anything," Brantley said.
The car slammed into a Kansas City, KS, school bus filled with children on their way home. A KCK School District student suffered serious
injuries. The student was rushed to the hospital but is expected to
survive, district spokesman David Smith said. A second student suffered
"The black car came careening west and hit the
school bus, knocked the bus in the air and to the front of our vehicle,"
When Brantley saw everyone in his van was OK, he
checked on the children and saw the bus driver getting those students
out safely so he ran over to help the other driver who had a bloody
"I was pulling him out and he was stuck and
another guy came to help me and then they told me to back away from car
and it was on fire," Brantley said. "I didn't want to leave him in the
burning vehicle, so I kept on pulling him and got him out of the vehicle
and dragged him over into the intersection." Brantley said seeing the car on fire was scary, but he simply would never hesitate to help someone in need.
"Not exactly. I feel like I did exactly what I was
supposed to do under the circumstances," he said when asked if he feels
like a hero. Christian Ryan, 8, was in the same vehicle as
Brantley. His grandmother was behind the wheel when they were hit head-on by the bus. Ryan described his panic.
"I was just really freaked out. I almost went ballistic," he said. Becky Ryan, his grandmother, said it is fortunate no one died in the crash because of how bad it looked. "There was a lot going on at one time," she said. "It was a big impact. It's terrifying to think how bad it could have been." Brantley said the driver was at the same hospital
where he was taken. He asked about him and was told the driver remains
in the ICU. Brantley said he hopes he gave the driver a fighting chance
to survive the accident.
The bus was transporting Eisenhower Middle School
students from after-school activities when the crash occurred, Smith
said. Some parents came to pick up their children while another bus was
brought to the scene to help get the remaining students home.
At least 30 children were on board the bus.