Good Samaritan Injured On I-65 Recovering In Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The woman injured while helping a driver who suffered a medical episode on Interstate 65 Saturday continues to recover in the hospital.
Forty-six–year-old Ruth Wood was seriously injured when she stopped to help a teenage driver who apparently suffered a seizure near the exit at Cool Springs Boulevard on I-65 South.
Officials with the Franklin Police Department said the incident happened when a she ran to the aid of a 19-year-old driver from Dickson who ran off the road and struck a pole after having a possible medical emergency. The man apparently a second episode, accelerated the pick-up, and slammed into the back of a semi-truck -- with Wood clinging to the back of the truck.
"I just laid down because I knew we were going to go," Wood told NewsChannel 5 from her hospital bed. "I knew we were going to hit something and I didn't want to be standing."
After the collision, Wood was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical by Vanderbilt LifeFlight.
Since October of 2013, she has owned Pure Nutrition, a smoothie business in the Cool Springs area. While she recovers in the hospital, several members of the community have stepped up to help keep the business open.
"If we weren't here at the moment this would probably be closed, she has nobody to run it," said Paul Johnson who is volunteering at the business while Wood recovers.
Doctors were able to save her leg from amputation but she sustained a broken femur and hip.
"Her leg, from her hip all the way down, she's got pins it's just all over the place," said Johnson.
Wood will likely remain at Vanderbilt for a few more weeks. The driver of the pick-up truck was released Monday.