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Woman Helps Stop Runaway 18-Wheeler

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by Marcus Washington

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. - A mother traveling with her two small children came face to face with an unconscious driver, slumped behind the wheel of a big rig before she jumped into action.

It happened Monday during the height of rush hour on Highway 41 near the Robertson/Davidson County line.

"We had to make a special trip to Goodlettsville, so that's why I was headed in that direction with my 5 and 6-year-old," said driver Jordan Osborne.

Osborne said what happened next would require a split-second decision; an 18 wheeler was heading straight towards her car.

"He was headed towards me, straight towards me in the opposite direction, like a head on collision would. So I started laying on my horn screaming and I realized that he was unconscious. His head was pressed against the glass and he wasn't able to react," said Osborne.

She managed to avoid him, but quickly turned her car around to see how she could help. She said the truck was weaving in and out all four lanes of traffic.

Jordan said the truck ran off the road and began to slow down. She jumped out of her car and ran to help.

"When I got out of the car I realized his truck was still in drive and he was still moving," said Osborne.

She was able to get the man to open the door of the truck. "He was trying to verbalize to me how to pull the air brakes. I wasn't sure what to pull. He just kept saying white button, white button, so I pulled the white button and it made the brakes stop."

Osborne said the man was having some sort of medical emergency and seemed to be in pain and was having trouble moving the left side of his body.

She called 911, but wasn't able to get a lot of information about the driver. All she knew was that he was 34-years old and from Texas.

Witnesses said Jordan saved his life, but she insists he is the hero.

"I really commend him for having the wits about him to turn the hazard lights on, to let people know that it was an emergency and I am so thankful God was in control of that situation because things could have been different for me and my 5 and 6-year-old in the car with me," said Osborne.

A Skyline Medical Center spokesperson said the driver, Ralph Broeschae, is still hospitalized in fair condition.

Doctors are still running tests, so the cause of the accident is still unknown.

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