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Father of man pulled from fiery I-94 crash eternally grateful

Posted at 10:13 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 23:16:21-04

OCONOMOWOC — The father of a man saved from Wednesday's deadly semi crash on I-94 in Racine County says his son remembers the moments just before the fiery explosion.

Kelvin Yde, an Air National Guardsman from Oconomowoc, told his dad he was knocked unconscious after the moment of impact and came to after he was saved from the flames. Kelvin's dad said he remains in the hospital in a lot of pain from all the injuries and several surgeries. He's also very emotional knowing three men saved his life.

20-year-old Kelvin Yde was headed to the 128th Refueling Wing on Wednesday morning when he wound up in the middle of chaos.

"He just remembers pretty much seeing the semi come in front of him he said it was only around 30 yards or something," Kelvin's father Kevin Yde said.

Yde says the initial blow of impact knocked him unconscious in a burning vehicle.

"He don't remember anything except for seeing flames when he came to and someone pulling him out," Yde said.

Yde got a call from the scene a short time later saying his son was severely hurt, but that he was alive all thanks to three brave men.

"Flames were shooting over the semi in front of me," said Paul Sullivan.

One of whom was Sullivan who narrowly missed being in the awful wreck himself.

"I ran up there and they said help us please and I helped carry him back," he said.

Authorities said two people died in the crash. Kelvin was rushed to the hospital bloodied with serious injuries to his arm, foot and hip.

"His leg got pushed up, broke the hip and came out of the socket," Yde said. "I was relieved right away when I seen him."

Relieved because Yde knows his son will survive thanks to those who put their lives on the line to save him.

"My god, how more thankful could you be for someone saving your child's life?" Yde said.

Kelvin has a long and difficult road to recovery ahead. Doctors said he won't be able to put any weight on his legs for another 2-3 months.