EXCLUSIVE: Testimonial from inside Pelham's triple fatal crash
Friday the 13th is a lucky number for 610 CKTB employee, Sam Turner. Sam was one of those injured in a fiery crash in Pelham overnight which claimed the lives of 3 people.
Resting at home, Sam says she and her husband, along with the other two in the SUV with her, are all lucky to be alive. Not only is it Friday the 13th, the four were all sitting in row 13 on the plane home. As well, Youngblut volunteer firefighter number is 13.
The four were returning home from Hamilton airport following a trip to Calgary. They were taking the backroads home to avoid any QEW traffic.
After passing through the intersection of Regional Road 24 and Highway 20, they spotted a car coming around the curve. She says the car never tried to negotiate the curve and came straight at them.
The driver of the car, a volunteer firefighter for the town of Pelham -- Jim Youngblut -- tried to move off the road but couldn't avoid the collision, turning the SUV completely around and throwing it in to the ditch. Sam describes the impact as "unbelievable."
The other car burst in to flames, killing three people. One person was thrown from the car, who Sam's husband pulled from the road.
Youngblut was airlifted to Hamilton hospital with a broken ankle and will likely need surgery to repair a broken elbow. The others, including Sam, were taken to Welland hospital. They've all been treated and released.