Driver called 911 while trying to help I-5 crash victims

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 6:20 PM

DuPONT, Wash. -- When Anita Gould saw the smoke, she knew someone was going to need help.
The certified nursing assistant then saw the wreckage of three trucks on Interstate 5 near DuPont Monday morning.

She called 911, pulled over and ran to the scene.

"Don't move babe," Gould told one of the drivers involved in the crash. "My name is Anita. We're going to take care of you."

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That first part of Gould's conversation with Kim Heidebrink can be heard on the 911 call recording.

"You just want a soothing force out there, a calming presence, so I felt that was the way I could help out," said Gould.

Heidebrink has been in critical condition at Harborview since Monday. Investigators have not been able to interview him.

The Washington State Patrol does not know why Heidebrink crossed from the northbound lanes of I-5 near Mounts Road into southbound traffic.

Heidebrink first crashed into a box truck. The two men in that vehicle were able to escape the burning truck without serious injuries.

The driver of a semi-truck, 59-year-old Dale Weaver, was killed when Heidebrink crashed into him.

Gould likes to think she helped those who did survive Monday's wreck.

"There was no thought in my mind I would keep driving. Absolutely not," she said. "If my family was ever involved in something like that, I would hope somebody like me would pull over and do what they can."

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