A terrifying accident on Saturday morning left a couple from Port St. Lucie in serious condition after their car burst into flames at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Hood Road. Chris and Alex Reddersen were on their way to the airport when Chris swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle, causing their car to spin out of control, crash into the median, and catch fire.
Recalling the harrowing experience, Chris Reddersen said, “It happened really fast and all I kept thinking was, ‘I hope she has her seat belt on,’ because when I felt us lose control of the car, I knew we were going to hit something.” The impact left their Kia Soul completely crumpled and engulfed in flames.
Amidst the chaos of airbags deploying and smoke filling the car, Alex Redderson remembers her husband desperately calling out to her and fearing the worst. “My husband screaming for me. ‘Alex, are you OK? Alex, are you alive?’ He couldn’t see me. The suitcase from my travels had come up here to the front,” she recounted. Now, a week later, the couple remains hospitalized with Chris sustaining injuries to his back, knee, hip, and shoulder, while Alex has a shattered ankle and underwent the removal of her spleen and portions of her intestine and colon.
The Reddersens believe that their survival is nothing short of a miracle, attributing it to the heroic actions of good Samaritans who risked their own lives to pull them to safety before the car became fully engulfed in flames. “They saved our lives,” said Chris. “We would’ve died right then and there in that car because we weren’t walking or going anywhere. They jeopardized their own lives and they stopped for us. Who does that?”
Grateful for their second chance at life, the couple is now eager to find and personally thank those kind strangers. Alex expressed their deep appreciation, saying, “I just want them to know that they saved our lives, and they should be honored, and we are so thankful for them.” Alongside their gratitude towards the good Samaritans, the Reddersens also extended their immense gratitude to the doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s Medical Center, where they are currently being treated.
If anyone has any information about the individuals who assisted during the fiery crash, they are urged to contact the WPTV newsroom. The Reddersens are eager to connect with their rescuers and convey their heartfelt thanks.