Television star Dr. Mehmet Oz was among the folks who helped two people hurt after a nasty crash in Lower Southampton Saturday afternoon.
Bristol Township residents Tom Stanton, a Newportville Fire Company member, and his 9-month pregnant girlfriend, Lauren McColgan, were driving on Street Road when they saw the two-car accident at Philmont Avenue around 1 p.m. Saturday. Harrisburg resident and EMT Chris Simpson was also driving in the area and stopped to help.
“We saw the crash and stopped to help. Then, Dr. Oz jumps out of a car and goes and help,” Stanton said as he recalled the incident Saturday evening.
Simpson, who was raised in Abington and was visiting the area, said he didn’t even recognize Dr. Oz at first until someone pointed out to him who the helpful doctor was.
“We have doctors or nurses pull over to help at accidents often,” he said.
Stanton, McColgan, Simpson and Dr. Oz all worked together to help the man and woman hurt in the crash, according to all accounts.
Both men LevittownNow.com talked with said Dr. Oz helped convince the man in the crash that he needed to be treated by medics for a bloody injury he sustained in the crash.
Police and responding medics arrived and then began their work.
“The cops were in shock at who was there,” Stanton said. He added, “[Dr. Oz] was a personable guy and he talked like he knew everybody.”
Dr. Oz, who rose to fame after appearances on Oprah, made headlines in summer when he helped saved a British tourist after a taxi car jumped onto the curb and mowed her down in New York City. The accident caused the woman the lose her foot, CNN.com reported.
Dr. Oz’s wife was raised in nearby Huntingdon Valley and he has Philadelphia ties. Stanton said the doctor said he was in the area visiting family.
Attempts to reach Dr. Oz were unsuccessful Saturday evening.