Michigan State Police trooper talks about responding to massive I-75 pileup
6:34 PM, Feb 6, 2013
9:18 PM, Feb 6, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - You have seen the pictures of 42 cars piled up on an almost 2 mile stretch of I-75. The accidents happened last week after white out conditions hit. They killed three people.
"When I got there, there were people involved in the accident all pointing in the same direction saying 'there is people hurt real bad there's people hurt real bad,'" said Trooper Seth Swanson.
He arrived first at the scene, alone.
He rushed towards the car people were pointing to. It was the car of a Windsor family. A husband and wife were hurt in the front. They could not help their 3 children and step-children in the back.
Two of them 9-year-old Gabrielle Greenwood and 7-year-old Aidan Hicks died at the scene.
Trooper Swanson found though that 10-year-old Hannah Greenwood had a faint pulse. He gave her CPR. Soon she started breathing
"I told her my name that I wasn't going to leave here she was going to be fine," said Swanson.
Trooper Swanson has been called a hero for his actions that saved Hannah, but he says he doesn't see himself as a hero. He was just doing his job.
"People say you did the right thing. You're a hero. You saved one. I don't look at it that way I look at it as there were two I could not save. That is the hard part," he says.
Hannah and her dad Glen Greenwood were released from the hospital this week. Glen's wife Kim Barrett is still in the hospital recovering.
Today he asked us to report this quote,"That officer is my real life hero. He gave me my daughter back… I am forever in debt to you Officer Swanson and want to let the world know how much of a true hero you are."