Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Levi Washburn
Campbell Co., VA - Monday, there was a terrible wreck on Route 24 between Rustburg and Concord. Now, we hear from two people who walked away. Inside the car, a babysitter, three kids she cared for, and her own 17-month-old boy.
The important part, everyone's alive. But, they can't stop talking about the 12-year-old boy in the accident and how he kept his cool in the middle of all that chaos.
It was the middle of the day when the car wrecked. We do not know the cause, but it's clear the injury it caused. Chelsea Cardwell was driving. Her memory of the crash is dicey.
"The car was shaking, smoke was just going out and all I could think about is, I'm about to die, the car's about to blow up, I don't want any of the kids in here," said Cardwell.
Babysitting is Cardwell's summer job. 12-year-old Adam Scott is one of the kids she watching.
"All of a sudden, the airbags are out and we are down the embankment," said Scott.
The family credits Adam for staying calm and thinking on his feet.
"I'm running back down. I grab Chelsea before I get down there, open the door for Mason and Katelyn, they're out. And then she's like, 'get down here and get my child out,'" said Scott.
You can hear the coolness in Adam's voice on the phone moments after the crash and calling for help: "This is Adam. This is a huge emergency. We have a wreck. I'll talk to you later. Bye."
"Yes, it was Adam. Adam's the one that made sure all the kids were out and was the one who got the ambulances, made sure people were called and made sure the kids were not in the car," said Cardwell.
An hour later, emergency crews freed Cardwell from the car too. The kids have minor bruises. But, Cardwell feels the emotional scarring that's hard to shake lose.
"I probably won't be able to drive other people in my car for a long time. It's going to be hard to put somebody else inside my car," said Cardwell.
Everyone involved is thankful to Adam. But, they are also grateful to the rescue squads. I asked Adam if he'd like to be a rescue worker. He doesn't know yet what he wants to be when he grows up.