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Man helping hit in Blackwater accident

State troopers have now identified the second victim in Tuesday night's crash on I-10 involving 17 vehicles, some of them 18 wheelers.
    Roman Skoedopole of Texas was thrown from his truck in the crash.
Divers recovered his body from the Blackwater river Thursday.
Another driver, Donald Alexander of Georgia,  was also killed when the cab of his truck crashed into the river.

There were also plenty of people injured in that accident in Milton.
One man tried to help slow cars approaching the scene, but he was hit by a pick-up truck.

Now he is talking about the incredible scene that unfolded on the bridge that night.

Stephen Harden tells us, "I'm so fortunate. I don't even understand how I not only survived, but I mean I only have a few broken ribs. It's not a big deal, really."
    Stephen Harden saw the accident begin and tried to slow down cars approaching it.

"I felt like I was in a war zone and I was walking towards enemy lines. It was scary. People fishtailing, trucks fishtailing, like, turning sideways. I'm like 'oh my god, are they going to hit me?"

Harden saw a pickup truck quickly approaching him.
He waved the driver down, but the truck didn't have time to stop.
Harden made a split second decision, and tried to dive under the truck.

"One of the tires rolled over me, from this side down to my back. And somehow it completely missed my vertebrae."

Harden ended up with three broken ribs, a punctured lung, and bruises and cuts all over his body.
    He feared the worst.

"I thought I was dying because I couldn't breathe. I thought, actually, I couldn't really see my body. I couldn't look. I didn't want to look. I thought that I was crushed."

The driver of the truck walked toward Harden, who was laying on the ground, injured.
    Harden asked him to help him reach his phone, to call his dad.
    He said the driver walked away from him, without even saying a word.

Stephen Harden said, "I'd kind of like the driver who did run me over to, you know..there's nothing that could've been done. I was out there, it wasn't his fault, you know? But I'd just kind of like him to step up to say what happened, you know? So we can maybe clear some things up."

    State troopers still haven't been able to identify the man who hit harden.

"I just feel slightly a little betrayed. I was trying to help out, you know? And the fact that, I don't know, you're scared for some reason to say that was you. Because I know .. I was literally a speed bump so you had to feel me, and I know you saw me because you stopped."

    Before paramedics arrived, Harden said his thoughts turned immediately to his young son.

"I felt actually selfish that I was putting myself in this situation where he might lose me. But just like the couple in that car, it could've been a kid that was in the car. I just didn't want..I don't know. I just felt protective that way. I hope that someone would do that for my kid."