NOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — A delivery truck driver is being hailed as a hero after risking his own life to avoid slamming into a stranger.
Greg Nall was driving his truck along Interstate 20 west last week when he got off at the Fulton Industrial Boulevard exit and realized his brakes were not working.
“I noticed I didn’t have any brakes,” Nall said. “My options were to basically hit somebody or take a left and hit a tree.”
The person he would have hit was Tara Baynes, who was sitting in the far left turn lane.
“I went for cover and it (the truck) never hit,” Baynes said.
Nall, a husband and father, made a split-second decision to veer off into the trees on the side of the road. His truck rolled and he jumped out.
“I heard him yell, ‘Help me! Lord, someone help me,’” Baynes said. “When I got to him, his leg was detached.”
“She was the only person that stopped, other than the paramedics,” Nall said. “Meant everything to me that she stopped.”
Doctors amputated Nall’s left leg, and he has had several surgeries, but he insists he is not a hero. Baynes, a mother of four, says, to her, he is.