Man blocks runaway car to save unconscious woman

Moment driver stops in front of runaway car to save woman who had passed out at the wheel on a Dutch motorway

  • Henry Temmermans was driving along the A28 near Harderwijk last Friday 
  • He saw a woman slumped behind the wheel of her car driving on the grass
  • He manoeuvered  his car in front of the woman and brought her to a stop

A Dutch motorist was filmed blocking a runaway Volkswagen with his own car after a woman suffers a medical emergency while driving down the highway. 

Henry Temmermans, from Gelderland in the Netherlands, spotted the female driver of the car slumped behind the wheel as her car continued along a grass verge. 

A third car, driving behind Mr Temmermans and the victim on the A28 near Harderwijk, filmed the dramatic incident on their dashcam on November 19. 

The video shows Mr Temmermans carefully manoeuvring his car in front of the woman’s VW and bracing for impact. 

At the point of impact, the woman’s car was drifting back out towards the main carriageway placing other motorists at risk. 

The footage shows the victim’s car jolt after it strikes the back of Mr Temmermans’ Ford. 

Henry Temmermans, from Gelderland in the Netherlands, spotted the female driver of the car slumped behind the wheel as her car continued along a grass verge

The woman’s VW Polo, pictured extreme right, joined the motorway from the slipway 

Her car drifted onto the grass verge, while Mr Temmermans pulled onto the hard shoulder to bring the out-of-control VW to a halt

Henry Temmermans, pictured, said his car had been written off after last Friday’s collision

The woman was taken to hospital so her broken ribs could be treated.  

Speaking to local media, Mr Temmermans said: ‘What I saw was not good. It was clear that the lady was no longer conscious.’

He said he decided to accelerate to get in front of the woman and use his car to bring her to a halt as ‘the guardrail would not stop her’. 

Mr Temmermans said another motorists pulled over to provide assistance to the unconscious woman. 

He continued: ‘He called 911 and then we looked in the car together. I saw that she had vomited. I still felt a heartbeat in her neck, so that reassured me. 

‘I still called her: “Wake up, what happened?” That helped after about 2 minutes.’

Mr Temmermans said his car had been written off as a result of the incident. 

The woman’s car was drifting towards the main carriageway when Mr Temmermans intervened

He said the woman’s husband and daughter have been in contact with him to express their gratitude to his quick thinking. 

Mr Temmermans was invited to his local town hall so civic authorities could honour his actions. 

However, Mr Temmermans added: ‘People say on social media that they are proud of me, call me a hero. But I don’t see myself that way. You are obliged to help people in need. I did what I had to do.’

One viewer said: ‘This dude is amazing! He didn’t just save the driver’s life. He saved a ton of people from getting hurt on the highway.

‘The timing and accuracy was perfect too.’

Another said: ‘That driver has heart and brains. Saved this person’s life.’

Another commentator said: ‘Faith in humanity restored! Not all heroes wear capes.’

Dimitrios Angelakos added: ‘This man is a real life hero and deserves our true respect.’

One more practical-minded fan suggested: ‘I hope the insurance company will pay for the damage of this hero’s car.’

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