When firefighter Aaron Van Riper responded to a head-on collision on June 6, he was shocked by what he found.
The volunteer firefighter ended up saving the lives of both his wife, Amber, and seven-year-old son, Jonathan.
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"It's my family. My wife was laying there on the ground. [By] the look of the car, I don't know how either one of them lived. There was nothing left of that car," Van Riper tells KTRK of the moment he came upon the scene.
"Once I saw my son, [my focus] kind of went out the window and I started going into a little bit of a panic mood," he admits.
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According to KTRK, the Van Ripers' car collided with an oncoming pickup truck, though investigators have not yet determined what caused the accident.
Both victims suffered fractures on their bodies, and Van Riper's wife endured nine hours of surgery to repair her pelvis, which was broken in five places.
Jonathan surrounded by friends and family in the hospital. (Photo Credit: KTRK)
As of Wednesday, Jonathan has been released from the hospital, but Amber is still in the shock and trauma ICU.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends of the family to help pay for medical expenses.
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