Good Samaritan struck on I-65 while trying to help driver - WKRN News 2

Good Samaritan struck on I-65 while trying to help driver

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A Good Samaritan is hospitalized after she was hit on Interstate 65 in Williamson County Saturday evening by a driver she was trying to help.

Franklin police said the driver, a 19-year-old from Dickson, suffered a seizure and struck the center divider of the interstate near Cool Springs Boulevard just before 5:30 p.m.

The Good Samaritan, 45-year-old Ruth Wood, saw what was happening, pulled to the shoulder and ran to the driver to help.

"[I] noticed he was having a seizure. It was a very visible seizure," Wood told News 2.

For reasons unknown, police said the driver rapidly accelerated, dragging Wood with his pickup truck across the interstate before crashing into a semi-truck that had also stopped to help.

"You can either help each other or forget each other. You know?" Wood said.

The driver of the pickup was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and later released.

Wood was also transported to Vanderbilt by ambulance with a serious injury to her leg.

She was listed in stable condition Monday night.

She is scheduled to undergo a third surgery Tuesday and hopes to be released from the hospital by Friday.

Friends of Wood told News 2 her actions exemplify her caring personality.

Wood just opened a Pure Nutrition Health Club in Cool Springs and had left a family event at the location when she spotted the distressed driver. 

Southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly three hours following the incident. The interstate reopened around 8 p.m.

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