New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get Katie Lentz out of a car to no avail Sunday morning shortly after 9am the metal on this older model Mercedes dulled the department's equipment.
About an hour into the rescue, Katie told rescue workers she wanted to pray out loud with them. That's when a priest appeared out of no where.
"He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer. It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter that was beside me, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle." said Chief Raymond Reed of the New London Volunteer Fire Dept.
The Hannibal fire department showed up right after that prayer with fresh equipment and was able to finish the extrication. After getting Katie safely into the Air Evac helicopter, at least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest who was no where in sight. The highway had been blocked for a quarter of a mile during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. Lentz' family and friends are amazed by the story.
Source - CNN