‘We’re alive because Jesus kept us safe,’ man says after semi crash

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A crash in Newton Township closed two lanes of traffic Monday night on the Ohio Turnpike. 

It happened about 8 p.m. in the eastbound lanes, near the Bailey Road overpass. 

Jordan Cole and Kenneth Bryant, who run a non-profit, were on their way to Philadelphia for a pastors conference when they broke down. They pulled over to the side of the road with a food truck they were pulling and were trying to call for help when Cole looked up and saw a tractor-trailer heading toward them.

“We heard a voice and it was to get out of the truck. I look down and I saw a semi swerving towards us. I yelled to Kenny to jump out of the way. I watched him jump and the next thing we know we are rolling down the bank,” Cole said.  

The semi smashed into the back of the food truck. 

The driver of the semi was taken to Mercy Health with minor injuries. 

Cole and Bryant were not hurt.

“The reason why we’re alive is because Jesus kept us safe,” Bryant said. 

The Ohio Turnpike was shut down as crews cleaned up the road. The highway has since reopened. 

Cole and Bryant are with Mudman food truck, a non-profit serving Potter’s Field Ministries.

The two men were on their way from Montana to Philadelphia for a pastors conference.

According to the Mudman Facebook page, the organization helps people in Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, and on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana.

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