Nebraska City Woman Helps Driver Escape Burning Car

NEBRASKA CITY – A Nebraska City woman helped  an injured driver climb from a burning vehicle after a Highway 75 rollover Wednesday night.

Diana Branting said she saw only a faint, blinking light in the ditch alongside Highway 75, but felt compelled to turn around.

She saw fire in the Oldsmobile Bravada and heard a woman calling for help. The car was on its side with the dash on fire.

Diana Branting

Branting dialed 911 while encouraging the woman in the car to find a way out.  Long moments later te driver scrambled through an  open sunroof.

Otoe County sheriff’s deputies did not find identification of the driver at the scene and were still investigating early Thursday morning.

Another woman from Trenton, Mo., saw Branting by the roadside and stopped to help. The Missouri woman said Branting is a hero because she stopped to offer help after seeing only a blinking light and ran up to  a burning car in answer to the woman’s call for help.

Branting said was taught to do the right thing by her mother, Melvina Ludwig.

Ludwig was an ordained priest by the Community of Christ Church and Branting said she was listening to her mother’s advice, when she decided to make a U-turn on the dark highway.


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