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

Good Samaritan struck on I-65 while trying to help driver (Image 1)

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

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 before crashing into a semi-truck that had also stopped to help.  Wood was injured in the process.

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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