Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This brave soldier is to be given a medal for saving a young boy from a burning car that killed his family after stopping to help at the crash scene.
Russian soldier Osman Mamutov, 23, was dropping his wife Regina off at the airport when he saw a fatal car crash on the motorway outside of the town of Chebarkul in the south-western Russian region of Chelyabinsk Oblast.
Speaking about the incident, Regina said: “They would have heard the screaming very clearly. Nobody went to help, not even to assist my husband, and the boy is now an orphan because of their stupidity.”
A Ford Focus with a family-of-five inside was involved in a collision with a Lada Kalina and burst into flames on the roadside.
Mamutov leaped into action and pulled out an 11-year-old boy from the burning wreckage, although he was unable to do anything to help the survivor’s parents and two siblings.
According to local media, several motorists had stopped before the soldier passed by and did nothing to help the traffic victims.
Mamutov explained what he encountered when he arrived at the crash site: “I first went to the Lada Kalina, but the driver was already dead and there was no one else inside.
“Then I heard a child crying from the other car that was on fire.”
Mamutov opened the back door and saw that the boy’s leg was tangled in his seat belt and he managed to free the youngster, but the flames were too strong to save his family members.
Osman’s wife Regina later said that the child was begging for the brave soldier to save his parents, but it was already too late.
She also claimed that there were men watching who could have easily have saved the boy’s family, but instead did nothing.
The Governor of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Aleksey Texler, has said that Mamutov will be given a medal for his brave actions and that he is already in contact with the Ministry of Defence to organise the award, stressing that he “will do it personally”.
Meanwhile, the 11-year-old crash survivor is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.
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