PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Two teenagers came to the rescue Sunday afternoon when they witnessed a GMC Yukon SUV flip over several times in Pflugerville before coming to rest on its side in the middle of the street.
It happened at about 1:40 p.m. near Dessau Road at Oxford Drive, according Pflugerville police.
The teens – 17-year-old twins Carey and Callie Sailors – were on their way home after visiting their grandmother when they saw the crash take place.
“It kind of swerved back into the road and then back into the grass and then just flipped in the air. They rolled a good three or four times,” Callie said.
That’s when the teens — along with other drivers passing by – didn’t think twice about what to do next.
“We got out and we started running across,” Callie said. “Carey was, like, ‘Stop, there’s gas. There’s gas coming out of the car!’”
But, she said, that didn’t matter because she knew there were people trapped inside.
When they made it to the wreck, they peered in and saw two adults and a toddler inside the SUV.
“A couple other bystanders came and they ripped the windshield out,” Callie said.
Next, the teenager made a tourniquet for the woman in the car.
“I got the belt and put it on the girl’s leg because she had this giant bleed coming off of her leg,” she said. “I pulled it tight and just kind of held it there.”
Meanwhile Carey broke the back window of the SUV to reach a toddler in the backseat.
“I walked over there, heard her crying. I had to break some of the windshield out to get actually in there so I broke that,” he said.
How did the teens know what they needed to do in a high-stress situation like this?
“I want to be an Austin Police officer,” Carey said.
And Callie? “I’m in some medical classes at my school.”
Carey plans to go to Texas State and apply to be an Austin Police Officer, while Callie plans to start at Austin Community College, become a surgical technician and then transfer to a university.
Those goals prepared them with knowledge and lessons that came in handy, giving them the ability to help a family in their time of need.
“I was, like, what did I just do?” Carey said. “Because I wasn’t there — I was just doing it.”
Medics said none of the injuries the three crash victims suffered were expected to be life-threatening, and all three were transported by ambulance to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center for treatment.