Firefighter responds to car crash, finds wife and son are the victims

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A firefighter responded to head-on collision and found his wife and young son among the victims.

According to KTRK, the accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s my family. My wife was laying there on the ground,” firefighter Aaron Van Riper said. “I don’t know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car.”

Amber Van Riper and John "Bear" Van Riper. (Photo: KTRK)

Amber Van Riper and John “Bear” Van Riper. (Photo: KTRK)

His wife, Amber, was ejected from the car while his son, Jonathan, 7, was pinned inside.

“Once I saw my son … I started going into a little bit of a panic mode,” Aaron told KTRK.

Huntsville firefighters were able to get the boy out of the car. Both mother and son were airlifted to the hospital, but suffered multiple fractures.

Van Riper told KTRK his wife went through nine hours of surgery on Sunday to repair a broken pelvis.

Both his wife and son are expected to be in wheelchairs temporarily as they recover.

It is unclear if anyone else was injured in the accident.

Investigators don’t know yet what caused the crash, only that Van Riper’s vehicle collided with an oncoming pickup truck.

Jonathan, or “Bear” as they call him, has a broken leg and arm. Though Amber works full time, the family has no insurance. Friends have launched a GoFundMe page to help with mounting medical bills.

Van Riper is thankful.

“I don’t want anything for free. I don’t expect anything. If people are willing to donate, that’s awesome,” he said.

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