Crash Victim Finds Help With Fire

Angie Alley was back at work at Stoner Drug in Tabor, Iowa Thursday but she’s still shaken after finding a man named Timothy McCollum clinging to life.

“I think God was at work,” she said. “I think there was just something telling me you need to go that way.”

On Wednesday night, McCollum was southbound on 310th Street in Mills County. His vehicle left the road and landed in a ravine.

Based on the damage to the car, it’s a wonder he survived. Anyone driving by the scene wouldn't have seen him under the bridge and no one was looking for him.

The injured McCollum used his waning strength to climb out of the ravine but it still wasn't far enough to get anyone's attention so he did the only thing he could think of doing: he started a fire.

Alley saw the light as she was driving by with her kids.

She said, “I thought that was strange that it would be a fire on such windy days. There have been such windy days."

Alley went back to look over the side of the bridge. She found McCollum.

“He said he needed help. I said, are you hurt? And he said 'yes,' that he thought he had two broken ankles, and he was very cold. He thought he had hypothermia."

Alley gave him a coat and blanket to keep him warm.

Emergency crews arrived a short time later and had McCollum air-lifted to a hospital.


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