Motorcyclist Survives Two Days In Ditch

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

It’s an incredible story of survival. A motorcyclist was run off the road and stranded in a ditch for two days. He spoke out to WOWT 6 News reporter Brittany Gunter about the experience.

Thomas Anderson remembers the accident that broke his arms and leg, knocked out some teeth, and injured his face. “A truck came out of nowhere and ran me off the road.”

He was thrown off the motorcycle and landed in a ditch off I-29 in Council Bluffs, hidden from the cars passing by. “I remember bouncing off the ground and then not being able to move because of all the extremities that had been broken.” He doesn’t remember much after that though.

“I think I knocked myself out most of the time because I was on this arm, it was behind me, every time I tried to move the pain was bad enough to knock me out.”

He had no idea how long it would be until someone would find him. Brittany Gunter asked, “Did thoughts go through your head of what if no one finds me?” Anderson replied. “Oh yeah.” But his will to survive was strong.

His friends were searching for him, even calling his cell phone, but he couldn’t move to answer. Then a miracle, a man stopped on the side of the interstate to check out a “For Sale” sign and found Anderson.

“I’m grateful for the guy finding me and somebody must have been looking over my shoulder.” Jokingly Anderson said, “It could have been less than two days.”

Even after such an experience Anderson is able to laugh and wants that passerby to know he saved his life. “I want him to know I thank him.”

Anderson is now at a rehab facility in Atlantic, Iowa. It will take a while, but he is expected to fully recover and his says he will be back on a motorcycle again.

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