Responding to a call regarding a head-on collision, a Texas volunteer firefighter experiences a first responder’s worst nightmare. A scene that looked like there would be no survivors and what was left of HIS FAMILY’S CAR. Aaron Van Riper’s family was in a head-on crash with an oncoming pickup truck near Riverside, Texas on Saturday, according to ABC affiliate KTRK.
Van Riper, the assistant fire chief at the Thomas Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the scene not knowing it would be his worst nightmare and found his wife Amber was ejected from the car in the crash, while their son was still pinned inside.
“It’s my family. My wife was laying there on the ground. [By] the look of the car, I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car,” he said. “Once I saw my son … I started going into a little bit of a panic mode,” Aaron told KTRK.
Aaron’s training and skills paid off and his wife and son were transported by helicopter to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston. Amber, suffered a broken pelvis — fractured in five places — and was in surgery for nine hours on Sunday. “She gave a thumbs-up to the doctor, but that’s the first time she showed signs of anything,” Aaron said. Their 7-year-old son suffered a broken leg and arm, both are expected to recover and to be in wheelchairs while they recover from their injuries.
Amber works full-time as a graphic designer, however the family doesn’t have medical insurance. Family friends set up a GoFundMe account for the family with a goal of raising $50,000 to cover their projected medical costs.