Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers recently played the part of a guardian angel when he and assistant athletic trainer Chelsea Lowe helped a woman from serious injury after a car accident Saturday, reports John Wagner of the Toledo Blade.
Babers and Lowe were on a team bus returning from Buffalo after the Falcons’ game against the Bulls when a car swerved in front of the bus and hit the center divider on I-90 in Ohio. The car caught fire but Babers and Lowe were unaffected by the crash, and they immediately came to the rescue and helped pulled the 25-year old victim out of the car.
“The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said (per the Toledo Blade). “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe told the Toledo Blade. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.”
This is sort of life calling for Babers, as he faced a traumatizing auto accident himself when in 1987 he was on the move to Charleston, Illinois and lost control of his car while driving through treacherous snowy conditions. Some couple picked him up in the freezing conditions, and while Babers tried to reimburse them financially for helping him out, they would accept any money. The couple, instead, asked him to pay it forward and help anyone on the side of the road in distress.
That he did.
Bravo, coach Babers and Ms. Lowe. Well played.