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18-year-old college student survives fiery crash caught on camera in New Hampshire

Parents of teen involved in fiery New Hampshire crash that was caught on camera, say they are grateful he is alive.
Sam LaChance
Posted at 12:10 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 12:58:58-05

DUBLIN, N.H. — (WHDH/CNN) - The parents of an 18-year-old involved in a horrific, head-on crash in New Hampshire are grateful their son is alive and thankful to the Good Samaritans who rescued him.

Jessica LaChance and her husband, Daniel, are thankful their son, Sam, is alive after somehow surviving the fiery crash on Route 101 in Dublin, New Hampshire, The horrifying wreck was captured on dashcam video.

"Total disbelief and terror. I didn't realize how horrible it actually was. A mom's worst nightmare," said mom Jessica LaChance.

Sam, a freshman college student, was headed back to Keene State College a week ago to begin his second semester when he plowed into a semi driven by Jean Morency, 66, who is recovering at home with bumps and bruises.

He too has now seen that chilling video.

"It's horrific that's all I can say. It's very unfortunate, I'm glad everybody survived," said Morency.

Sam suffered a fractured foot, a ruptured spleen and burns.

"As a parent you don't want to ever get that phone call, and it just kind of breaks my heart," said Daniel LaChance. "I'm very grateful (he’s alive), believe me."

Several good Samaritans jumped into action to save Sam -- something his parents are forever grateful for.

"To see the people who pulled him out and rescue him ... I was just in tears. I'm so grateful they saved his life," said Jessica LaChance. "I'm very thankful everyone survived and he is improving, at least that's the way I want to put it," said Jean Morency.

Courtesy CNN Newsource