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Teens reunited with man they pulled from overturned SUV

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By: Alexandra Cowley


The track teens who ran to save a couple from their flipped SUV met the man they pulled to safety for the first time Thursday night.

Chuck Elder says the rollover accident happened in slow motion, but the fear set in quick. It didn't last long though, because four track runners were by their side in seconds.

Chuck Elder reaches out his hand to meet the Bishop Feehan teens, "Hey how you doing guys, I don't recognize you unless you're yelling 911, how you doing Chuck, thanks a lot."

An encounter between Chuck Elder and four teens, who before tonight, Elder only knew as the comforting voices and helping hands, that came to he and his wife's side after a terrifying accident.

"It was scary being upside down, but the next thing I know there hands were in there, one of the boys had climbed into the back of the window,"Elder explained.

The hands, were those of Sean Legg, Spencer Marcott, Mike Wojtyna, and Jason Abdow. The Bishop Feehan sophomores and juniors were on a cool down run after a track meet Tuesday when they witnessed a three car collision.

One car was rear ended, sending it into oncoming traffic, where it collided with the pathfinder driven by Elder and his wife.

"It hit us at an angle and the next thing I know we were up on our side and then up on our roof," Elder explained.

Elder and his wife Theresa were hanging by their seatbelts, but not for long.

"They were right there you know, as soon as the accident happened they were right there. They were saying were going to get you out, were going to get you out, they were prying open the doors," said Elder.

It was a frightening experience for everyone involved.

"It's good to know that he's ok, after what happened because that was really scary," said Spencer Marcott. 

"To know that I was able to help out, it's really something special," said Sean Legg.

"You know I'm grateful, I thank god that they were there," explained Elder.

Other than bumps and bruises Chuck and his Theresa are doing well.

As for the teens, they were presented with Bishop Feehan pride pins by their principal for their courage.

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