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Couple involved in nearly fatal crash meet the paramedics who saved their life

a celebration of life for one Clinton County couple.Diane and Terry Rogers were involved in an almost fatal motorcycle crash.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 6:44 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2020 11:51 AM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind, (WLFI) -- A Clinton County couple got a second chance at life. On Friday, Aug. 14, they met the team of paramedics that made it possible.

"I do not remember anything from the evening on July 4th until July 11th," said Diane Rogers, a victim of motorcycle incident.

Diane and her husband Terry were riding their motorcycles home on the fourth of July holiday. It was on that ride that life took a turn for the worst.

"Getting ready to make a left turn seen one of the riders behind me go around me and next thing I heard was a boom and it was all over with," said Terry.

Diane's brakes failed and she crashed into her husband and both were thrown from their bikes. Terry was injured but he was conscious, that, however, wasn't the case for his wife.

"All I could see was her right side of her face planted into the asphalt and bleeding," said Terry.

Facing the effects of his own injuries he wasn't able to help her.

"Out of nowhere, these two guys appear and started doing their thing and the rest of its history," said Terry.

"We as EMS we focused on a need and everybody just worked as a team," said Jenny Whitcomb, EMT for Rossville Ambulance.

"You know we prayed on the scene, that's some of the things that you don't know, in our heart saying a prayer, some people don't readily accept it but that's okay," said Dennis Tillman, a deputy patrol officer for the Clinton Co. Sheriff's Office.

The team of officers and paramedics believe their faith is what's responsible for this celebration.

"This is pretty much to celebrate the great outcome of this, you know many officers or EMS that responds to this, we definitely have alternate outcomes that don't end like this," said Ryan McCauley, a conservation officer in Clinton Co.

This is the first time the couple is meeting the emergency workers who saved their life. They can't help but feel grateful for a happy ending to their tragic incident.

"My family and my friends all appreciate that I'm still standing here today," said Diane.

Terry left with a broken back and Diane had a gash in her head. It was caused by the impact of her head and helmet hitting the pavement. Both have been riding motorcycles for at least a decade. They are still recovering from their injuries.

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