Local Grandview tow truck driver helped pull back SUV hanging off i-5 freeway in Seattle
SEATTLE, Wash.- A Grandview tow truck driver is back to towing cars that are out of gas or illegally parked cars after saving a man that was hanging on the side of I-5 in Seattle.
No one was injured in the accident thanks to Conor Larson who was just passing by.
"I don't know what would've happened if I wasn't there. Quite frankly, I don't want to know," he said.
Conor Larson works for 24-Hour Towing and Recovery in Grandview and found himself in an intense situation on his way back from Seattle Saturday night.
"Officer motioned me to pull over and I rolled down my window and said, 'hey what can I do?'" he said.
A man was stuck in an SUV that rolled up onto the guardrail and the rear tires were the only thing holding it from falling 60 feet down into oncoming traffic below.
Larson wasn't even supposed to be there at that time after running late to most of his tows that day.
"I was a good hour, hour and a half late and I was like, 'I hope something good can come from this,’" he said.
Officers asked him if he would be able to pull the SUV up to help get the man out. Larson immediately pulled over and took action.
"This is why I signed up for this job,” he said. “I'm doing something to help keep people safe. Keep people alive."
The SUV was pinned up against a light post on the side of the freeway and Larson said the car would've gone over if the light wasn't there.
After helping pull the SUV back enough to get the man out safely, he still doesn't think he should be celebrated for doing what was right in the situation.
"I’m not hero. I'm just a guy doing my job," Larson said.
Another tow truck driver took over to get the vehicle back on the freeway after Larson helped, but he has a message for anyone who may be driving past emergency situations.
"If you see red lights be sure to get over because it's guys like me that are putting their lives on the line trying to get people into safety and off the side of the freeway."
Emergency response officials were able to get the car off the road and open the freeway back up later that night.