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SPECIAL REPORT: Trapped in Chaos
COLUMBUS (Maria Durant/Kellie Hanna) - After nearly a year, Roger Hinson opens up about the day he was trapped in his van. A huge electrical pole came crashing down on the vehicle he was driving. It went through the van and severed his foot.
“And then these poles start to fall and my windshield is shattered,” Hinson told ABC 6 reporter Maria Durant. “ It took along with it a piece of my life which was shattered as well.”
Hinson was driving along North Hamilton Road in Northeast Columbus last June 29th when the storm hit. Hurricane like winds and lightening. Several electrical poles came crashing down.
Trapping not only Hinson in his vehicle, but many other drivers were trapped in their cars too.
Hinson says he was lucky though.
Columbus Police officers Zach Rosen and Dana Houseberg came to his rescue. They navigated through the live electrical lines, reached Hinson and brought him to safety.
The officers drove him to the hospital because an ambulance couldn’t get to the scene fast enough.
Hinson says the doctors told him, had the officers waited for an ambulance, he would have bled to death.
Since the tragedy, Hinson’s leg was amputated to about six inches below the knee. He is working on getting a prosthetic leg.
He says he wants to be able to ride his bike with his dog.