Ice causes car to slide, traps Richland boy
A 7-year-old boy is now recovering after a terrible accident in Richland Wednesday morning.
"It's really dangerous and we are (a broken) family," said Jun Lin Ren.
Ren never thought it would happen to his family.
He's seen what the winter weather can do, but it became all too real as he watched his younger Thomas, just seven, get dragged down the hill by the family car.
"My brother was hurt, yeah, he was really hurt and I was so upset about it," said Ren.
Thomas was trapped between a rock and the car.
It was a gruesome sight, snow stained red with blood.
When firefighters arrived on Wednesday morning they quickly realized they had to move with care.
"What we had to do was stabilize the vehicle (and) ensure it didn't go any further and then we had to systematically raise the vehicle off of the child to ensure we didn't cause any more injuries," said Battalion Chief Curtis Walsh, Richland Fire Department.
The family was just trying to figure out how to get the car down the steep icy driveway.
Thomas was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time as the car moved toward the edge of the wall.
"My brother was wanting to help us," said Ren. He wished it were him instead of Thomas. "He's a really cute kid. "His riends all love him, I love him too," he said.
His message for others in this weather, never underestimate the ice.
"Don't do this thing, it's stupid," he said. "I have no idea what I can do. I just want to warn (other people) don't do it."
Ren said at least one of the boy's legs was crushed but he is unsure if Thomas will walk again.
Firefighters said Thomas went to Trios Health in Kennewick, but his brother said he was then taken to Seattle for surgery.
The family is now hoping for the best, but expects he will be okay.