The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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December 15, 2013

Wife seeks help in finding bystanders who saved husband

The wife of an Athens man critically injured Thursday in a fiery wreck on Interstate 65 hopes to learn the identities of the bystanders who pulled her husband from his burning car.

Mellisa Amrein posted the request to the Internet social-networking site Facebook in hopes of finding the good Samaritans.

Meanwhile, she and her family are keeping vigil at Huntsville Hospital’s neurointensive-care unit waiting for Maxwell Amrein, 22, to regain consciousness.

“He has had brain surgery and is responding well,” Mellisa wrote. “He may not be awake, but I feel that he is in there. Though his brain injury was severe, these people gave him a chance.”

Maxwell suffered a head injury when he and another driver, Andrew Hammond, 21, of Athens, collided about 5:30 a.m. three miles south of Athens near mile marker 348. Amrein’s car caught fire, but bystanders pulled the unconscious man to safety before flames engulfed his car. He was flown by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville.

Hammond was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, where his condition was not available.

Amrein, who attended Falkville High School, works at Steelcase in Athens. The couple has a daughter, Maizee.

“My husband does not have a single burn on his body because of these heroes who gave him a second chance,” Mellisa posted on Facebook.

She asked her friends and acquaintances to share the story in an effort to find those who assisted.

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