BGSU coach, trainer rescue driver from burning car

Bowling Green Falcons head coach Dino Babers can now add hero to the list of things he is, as he and head trainer Chelsea Lowe helped save a driver from a burning car, the accident itself having taken place just in front of the team bus.

BCSN.tv offered more details on the rescue.

“Babers and Lowe were on the first of four team buses coming back from the Falcons game at Buffalo. While traveling west on I-90 near the Cleveland suburb of Avon, Ohio, just before midnight, a car swerved in front of that bus and hit the center divider. Moments later, the car caught fire.

“The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt. I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”

“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.”

The pair helped pull the injured driver, identified by Avon police as 25-year-old Amber Nettles of Elyria, out of the car and a safe distance away from the burning vehicle before local police and fire officials arrived.”

Needless to say, with the team’s record already at 3-2 (1-0 MAC), Babers and the Falcons easily won plenty of karma points that hopefully will help them down the stretch. Good deeds do not go unnoticed, and the fact that Babers and Lowe risked their own lives to help a stranger is not something you see public figures doing every day. Given the selflessness of the action, this is probably not the last we have heard on this front.

Bowling Green next takes on the UMass Minutemen at home on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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