Influence On Ralph Patterson

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Ralph Patterson related he was sitting on the porch at his residence when he heard a loud crash. Patterson advised he opened the door to his residence and heard kids screaming. Patterson said he told his wife to call 911 and he got in his truck and drove down to Wilder Road and saw the van had struck and was up against the TECO pole. Patterson related he saw the youngest kid, leaning against the TECO pole and saw the older kid in the back of the van, trying to crawl out of the side window. Patterson said he flagged down a passing car (Kirk Butts), and when the vehicle stopped, he asked him for help. Patterson related Butts got the youngest kid from the ditch against the TECO pole and helped him get the older kid from inside the van.
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