11 News is learning more about a terrible crash that seriously hurt three girls in Colorado Springs. Two Fort Carson soldiers told 11 News their quick response was simply an extension of their service. They also say the Army has prepared them to act when the unexpected happens.
The scene was shocking on Highway 115 Wednesday morning after police say Mike Bobian ran a stop sign, resulting in the crash. Two cars were twisted. Three children were thrown from one of them.
"The accident actually took place right outside my residence," said PFC Logan Cameron.
Cameron was on his way to a day of work at Fort Carson when he discovered the accident. The Army medic had his first response kit with him.
"As a force of habit, I do keep it in my vehicle and right now, I'm really glad I did," Cameron said.
As he bandaged wounds, SSG Shane Corley talked to first responders on the phone.
"You see something that catastrophic, you want to make sure everybody's okay and not just drive by," Corley said.
Reginald Green, a retired soldier, was shaken when he hit Bobian's car.
He felt a little better when he saw the men wearing the Army uniform.
"You could not have asked for a better response time, they just jumped into action," Green said.
11 News talked to family members of the injured girls who say they want to thank Cameron and Corley for acting so quickly. The response seemed perfectly natural to the two soldiers, but meant the world to those who needed it the most. The girls’ family told 11 News without their help, the girls may have died
"The more other people started impressing on me exactly what I did and the impact it's had on the community--it's a good feeling," Cameron said.
Family members also reported one of the girls had surgery at a Denver hospital Wednesday night. She has a broken neck and severe burns.
Bobian was given a variety of traffic citations including careless driving involving injury. Police say alcohol was not a factor.
Lake Avenue was closed for several hours Wednesday morning while investigators were on scene.