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Austin R. Vaughn | | November 3, 2016

Troy lineman assists family after frightening wreck

Troy defensive lineman Bryan Slater witnessed a frightening wreck on his way back to campus on Sunday afternoon.

But, the 22-year-old senior did much more than watch, according to a report from NBC affiliate WSFA.

The car in front of Slater was swerving and then bumped an SUV in front of it, causing the SUV to lose control and roll down into a ravine.

Slater immediately pulled his car over and called 911.

“The first thing that came to my mind was that I hoped that they were OK,” Slater told WSFA.

The SUV's passengers, Carla Schoonover and her two young children, luckily escaped with only a few bruises, but Slater wasn't going to leave them to wait for the police alone.

Slater stayed with the Schoonovers for almost two hours, comforting the family and staying on the phone with authorities.

“I was involved in a crash in high school in my junior year, and there were no witnesses around and I had to be there by myself and I said I wouldn’t let this family go through the same thing,” he told WSFA.

The Schoonovers were thankful for Slater's kindness and assistance following the wreck. Carla called him their "guardian angel" on Facebook.

According to WSFA, her husband, Ryan Schoonover, sent the following email to Troy University:

"My wife and kids were in an awful accident yesterday afternoon coming home from visiting my Dad in Luverne, AL.

They were hit from behind on Hwy 29 going 55+mph and they lost control of the vehicle just 3-4 miles outside of Troy. They went down an embankment and rolled at least 4 times. However, as a true miracle they have no serious injuries! Car is presumably totaled. It was the most horrifying experience of their lives. Having her life and your children's flash before her eyes was indescribable. We are all thankful to be alive today! Wife and kids are all ok, just with bumps and bruises and stiffness. The other party that ran into my wife's car is also thankfully OK.

The very first car behind the 2 cars in the accident was a man who immediately stopped and ran out of the car to check on both parties,  called 911 to report the accident, offered help and stayed for over 90 minutes to give his witness report, and talk with my family.

I wasn't sure how to reach out, but that man is Troy Football player Bryan Slater.  My wife and kids couldn't say enough nice things about that young man.  This day and crazy world, just so nice to hear about the really good folks!

I just wanted to share with you how much he touched the lives of my family yesterday. Hopefully the appropriate coaches and this man’s family know what an amazing person he is! You have four new huge Troy Football fans now!"

Slater says he hopes the Trojans can get the Schoonovers to campus for a game, but mainly, "I just thank God that everything worked out and that the family is safe.”

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