Bodycam videos show ‘miracle’ rescue of Indiana man from crashed truck
Portage police have released bodycam videos that show the shocking rescue of an Indiana man who survived after being trapped in his crashed truck for six days under a bridge. (Credit: Portage Police)
Police in Indiana have released body camera footage that show the rescue of a man who was trapped in his truck for nearly a week.
The six separate videos, released to FOX 32 Chicago, show perspectives from five different officers during the rescue of 27-year-old Matt Reum on Dec. 26, 2023.
“I’ve never seen something like this before, ever,” one of the Portage Police Department’s officers can be heard saying in one of the videos that shows the mangled truck under a bridge, surrounded by running water.
Video shows first responders using tools to help extricate Reum, while officers try to piece together how the crash happened.
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Matthew Reum, 27, was stranded in his crashed truck for six days before two fishermen found him and called for help. (Indiana State Police)
Reum was heading westbound on Interstate 94 on Dec. 20 when his truck swerved off the road and into a ditch before going airborne, rolling several times and ending up in a creek underneath a bridge, according to preliminary investigations.
The crash caused Reum to become pinned inside the truck, unable to reach for his cellphone and call for help.
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Matt Reum was rescued from his truck six days after he ran off the road and landed in a creek under a bridge in Indiana. (Matt Reum – Facebook)
Six days later, two fishermen searching for fishing holes located a truck under the overpass with what appeared to be a dead body inside. When one of the men touched the body, he was in for a shock when Reum turned his head and spoke.
“Officials said the recent mild weather in northern Indiana, which is typically closer to freezing this time of year, likely helped Reum survive his ordeal,” FOX Weather reported.
“Quite frankly, it’s a miracle that he’s alive,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said.
First responders rescue a man trapped in his truck. (Indiana State Police)
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Reum is not only on the road to recovery, but has reunited with the good Samaritans who found him and the first responders who rescued him, FOX 32 reported.
“You guys turned an ordinary person who had a miracle happen and made him the most grateful person ever, and I cannot thank you enough,” Reum wrote on Facebook New Year’s Eve. “While me living through this, in and of itself, is a Christmas miracle, the generosity I have been shown has grown my heart three sizes this year.”
Fox News’ Greg Wehner and Landon Mion contributed to this report.