Car Crash Survivor Thanks First Responders

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Joseph Nissen is laying in a hospital bed with numerous broken bones. About two weeks ago, as first responders pulled Nissen from his wrecked truck, they told him, he was lucky to be alive.

"I'm pretty blessed, I think," Nissen said. "I mean to be here."

Many might not understand how Nissen can say that, considering that he's stuck in a hospital bed. "It is pretty crazy to think, when you see the truck, to know that I was in that truck and trapped in there," Nissen said.

Nissen had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed into two trees. The accident happened outside Ashland on Highway Six.

"That's all I remember, was the trees," Nissen said. "I woke up and I was like wow, what happened now?"

Nissen explained what it was like to be trapped. "I guess, just a lot of emotional swings in those 40 minutes," Nissen said. "Even humor found a way. I'm like, oh my goodness, how are you going to explain this?"

Humor soon turned into pain.

"I remember telling one of the firemen, he said we are going to move you," Nissen said. "I said, don't move me, it hurts and he said, you're going to die if you stay here."

Nissen wanted to tell his story as a way of thanking the first responders who rescued him.

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