Deputy Admire Gant is a religious man, and he’s been saying a lot of prayers of thanks.
“I view this as a blessing. God was looking out for me. It could have been worse,” Gant said.
Deputy Gant was working security for a street sweeping crew on the I-10 Westbound Bayway Monday night, when a big rig slammed into the back of his county-issued Ford Explorer. He says he had his blue lights on, and both the street-sweeping crew and the dump truck that he was behind had lighted message boards warning drivers to get over. The driver of the tractor-trailer apparently didn’t get over in time.
“It was like being hit by a train. The impact was so devastating. And it was on fire. It was longer than a regular 18-wheeler because he had two trailers,” Gant recalled.
Once the tractor-trailer hit him, Gant heard an explosion. The impact crushed the back of his vehicle and forced him into the concrete guardrail. His airbag deployed, and he was able to quickly get out. He then ran over to check on the driver of the big rig, who made it out safely. The driver told him that he saw the blue lights, but couldn’t get over in time. The two of them watched as the truck turned into a large fireball.
“I didn’t have time to be scared because it happened so suddenly,” Grand said. “Had I seen it happening, I would have been able to brace for it. But, when you are sitting there, your mind is focusing on one thing. Then, you start doing assessments. ‘I am alive. Let me get out of the car because he is on fire. Let me see if I am on fire.'”
Gant says his whole body feels sore after the crash, but he knows he is lucky.
“God had better things for me to do than die,” he said.