Justice Michael McBain
Justice Michael McBain

Kelvin J. Yde, 20, was trapped inside his burning car after a June 19, 2019, accident on an interstate highway near Yorkville, Wis. Justice Michael McBain, 21, recreational vehicle technician of Sturtevant, Wis., stopped at the scene. He ran to Yde’s vehicle which was burning along the passenger side. Forcing the driver’s door open, McBain found Yde pinned against his seat by the steering wheel, beneath the collapsed windshield. McBain partially entered the sedan and pushed the damaged windshield off Yde. He then used a pocketknife to cut Yde’s seat belt. Reaching around Yde’s torso, McBain yanked Yde from behind the steering wheel and out of the car. Two other motorists helped McBain carry Yde to safety. Yde suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones, but he was not burned.

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Justice Michael McBain
The car of Kelvin Yde, destroyed by fire, is shown after crews extinguished a blaze caused when a tractor-trailer hauling industrial paper rolls crashed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 64 in Yorkville, Wis., on June 19, 2019. Justice Michael McBain, 21, of Sturtevant, Wis., was able to stop short of the fiery wreckage, exit his vehicle and pull Yde, 20, to safety.
Justice Michael McBain
Still image courtesy of WTMJ-TV Milwaukee.
Justice Michael McBain
This image from a drone video, looking north, captures the entire scene where a southbound tractor-trailer hauling industrial paper rolls crossed into northbound traffic and exploded into fire on Interstate 64 in Yorkville, Wis., on June 19, 2019. Several northbound vehicles were impacted or caught fire including a sedan driven by Kelvin Yde, 20, of Oconomowoc, Wis., which is the southernmost charred vehicle, facing west, in the northbound lanes. Carnegie Hero Justice Michael McBain, 21, of Sturtevant, Wis., was northbound and able to stop short of the fiery wreckage, exit his vehicle and pull Yde, 20, to safety.

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