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The recent 44-car collision on the Guripocheon Expressway almost led to a bigger disaster, but it was belatedly known that the damage was reduced thanks to the devoted performance of a man in his 50s before the police arrived.
According to Yonhap News coverage on the 22nd, at 9:10 pm on the 15th, Ahn Jae-young (57) and Lee No-seong (42), seniors and juniors in Sanggye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, drove a Sorento vehicle and exited the Chukseokryeong Tunnel on the Guripocheon Expressway Black He slipped on the ice and got into a crash.
An’s vehicle was only able to stop after colliding with the other two vehicles in front.
When Mr. Ahn and Mr. Lee got out of the vehicle, they said that there were already 5 vehicles in front of them stopped in a collision accident. After getting out of the car, Ahn slipped and fell again on the black ice. Looking at the black box video, she saw her left leg slightly limp due to a vehicle collision and slipping accident.
However, at this time, Mr. Ahn said, “I need to prevent a bigger accident,” so I immediately called 112 and reported it to the police, while running through the grass outside the central guardrail of the highway towards the tunnel. Because the shoulder was slippery, they could not step on it, so they stepped on the snow-covered grass and went up at full speed toward the tunnel.
He was a silver medalist in the 100m National Children’s Sports Festival in elementary school. The distance from the accident site to the tunnel was not close enough to reach 1km. . The urgent situation at the time was recorded as Ahn forgot to hang up after calling 112.
While he was on his way up to the tunnel from the accident site, dozens of vehicles skidded and the sound of a crash continued ‘bang bang bang’. However, when he stopped the traffic, people who felt strange slowed down and the crash started to stop.
He stood on the road like this for about 10 minutes and signaled to about 50 cars, which were photographed by an eyewitness at the time when they slowed down and stopped safely. It is said that after he controlled the vehicle, only one car passed by at high speed without listening and caused a collision.
Mr. Noseong Lee said that he later found out that Mr. Ahn had run up to the tunnel to rescue an injured person from an overturned vehicle nearby at the same time.
The 50 or so vehicles that escaped the collision thanks to Mr. Ahn were lined up at a distance of several hundred meters on the first and third lanes and on the shoulder, and other cars coming from behind also saw the line of cars stopped and all stopped safely inside the Chukseokryeong Tunnel. It is observed that if it had not been for Mr. Ahn’s active activities, it would have been difficult to avoid a super-large disaster.
A tow truck driver who arrived at the scene at the time said, “The scene was a mess due to the car accident, but on the other hand, I saw about 50 vehicles standing in a row on the 1st and 3rd lanes and on the shoulder. It’s 100km/h and it’s downhill after exiting the tunnel, so if (Ahn) hadn’t controlled the vehicle, everyone would not have been able to avoid the collision.”
He said, “It was a very dangerous situation, but I think he risked his life. If he hadn’t done that, there wouldn’t have been a whole car.”
Mr. Ahn visited the Pocheon Police Station on the 18th and explained the situation at the time of the accident, including the above.
Mr. Ahn said, “I’m usually intolerant of injustice, but I thought someone had to step in to prevent a bigger accident, so I just ran out. In particular, I think I blocked a bus full of people and prevented a great deal of human damage. It will be remembered for the rest of my life, and I I’m proud of myself and feel good,” he said.
Mr. Lee, who reported this incident, said, “Since a similar accident occurred near the Chukseokryeong Tunnel last year, it was necessary to install a sign to reduce speed or lower the speed limit in preparation for black ice, but it is regrettable that it was not.” I could have lost my life when I was hit by a speeding car, but I took the risk with the spirit of a saint. I wanted to tell the story of my older brother who takes good care of his juniors and adults.”
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