Shreveport pastor rescues woman pinned by collision

Published: Mar. 29, 2016 at 2:51 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2016 at 2:51 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A woman was pinned in her Ford Explorer when smoke started coming from at least 1 of the other 2 vehicles involved in a wreck Tuesday morning in Shreveport, a pastor says.

Now Linus Mayes believes it was God who put him in the right place at the right time to get her out.

"It was a just miracle of God that no one got killed or real seriously hurt," said the pastor of New Macedonia Missionary Baptist, a church on East Dalzell Street at Youree Drive in Shreveport.

Police say the 3-vehicle collision happened just after 8 a.m. on West Bert Kouns Industrial Loop at Flournoy Lucas Road.

Mayes said the truck that struck the woman's Explorer was about to catch fire when he came across the accident. First responders had not yet arrived.

"It hit her from behind, twisted her around and pinned her in," the pastor recalled. "There was another, smaller vehicle that also was clipped in the accident."
Police say a black Ford F-150 ran a red light and crashed into the red Explorer, knocking the Explorer into a red Pontiac G6 that was in front of it. The impact was enough to deploy air bags, but no one was taken to a hospital for treatment, Shreveport Fire Department spokesman Fred Sanders said.

Mayes was coming up Industrial Loop from Buncombe Road when he happened upon the accident. He recalled some people outside the vehicles screaming "She's trapped, she's trapped, she's trapped."

The woman who was pinned "was real nervous and scared as anybody would be," Mayes said, adding that the truck that had hit her vehicle appeared to be about to catch fire.

Mayes said he reassured the woman that everything was going to be all right and that he was going to help her out.

She twisted one of her legs a little bit as the pastor instructed, then he was able to pick her up and get her out the passenger side of the vehicle.

"I think anyone that was in that position, that saw that lady inside the vehicle, trapped, and heard others screaming to help get her out, they would have did the same thing," Mayes said. "They would just spring into action and just help her."

Mayes said the freed woman hugged him. Then her husband, when he made it out, hugged the pastor as well. "Both of them thanked me so very much, and I just told them to give the praise and the glory to God."

Dismissing any talk of possibly being considered a hero, Mayes said it was another example of God using ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

"God works in mysterious ways. I just happened to be taking that route, as I always do," the pastor said. "Just this particular morning, God just showed up. And once he shows up, you know what he do, he shows off."

Looking back on what happened, would Mayes do it again?

"In a New York minute," the pastor says, punctuating his statement with a hearty laugh.

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