Crash Victim Lights Fire To Signal For Help

A Thurman, Iowa man had to rely on his survival skills for rescue after being involved in a crash Wednesday night.

Thirty-eight-year-old Timothy Mccollum was flown by medical helicopter to Creighton where he is being treated for his injuries sustained in the crash. He is currently in fair condition.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Mccollum was heading south bound on a road in Mills County when his vehicle left the road and went into the east ditch.

The vehicle ended up in a creek bed and came to rest under a bridge which was out of sight of the roadway.

Mccollum was able to free himself from the wreck and climbed up the embankment as far as he could, his injuries prevented him from climbing all the way back up to the road.

Mccollum then lit a fire, which was able to be seen by someone driving by who found Mccollum on the embankment and called for help.


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