A 56-year-old Vernon man is fighting for his life after being hit head-on by a wrong way driver.
It was the start of a normal day for Jason Klock Monday morning, as he was headed into work on I-84, but it ended with a horrific fiery crash that will forever change this family's lives.
"Jason was on his way to work Monday morning, same time every morning, he leaves the house at 3:40 a.m., about 10 minutes later I get a phone call of him screaming to help him get out of his car that was on fire,” said Jason’s wife Karen Klock.
It was a phone call that will forever haunt her.
“I got sick to my stomach. There was nothing I could do but hear him screaming on the phone asking for help and I couldn't help him,” she said, in an exclusive interview with Channel 3.
Jason Klock was headed to work in Portland, driving his Jeep in the left lane, headed westbound, when he was hit by a driver going the wrong way on I-84 in Manchester.
Police said 29-year-old Karen Steele, of Rocky Hill had been driving her car the wrong way.
The cars hit head on near exit 60 and erupted in flames, other drivers and state police pulled Klock and Steele out of their cars.
Both were taken to Hartford Hospital.
Klock is now at Bridgeport hospital's burn unit.
“He's still in critical condition. He's severely burned, the legs are the worst, they are deep burns, broken left leg, his arms, his hands, his face, his head, all burned,” Karen Klock said.
She said she has been staying at her husband’s side, thankful to get time off from her job.
"Yesterday and today he started to write a little for us. He still has a ventilator in so he can't speak,” Karen Klock said.
She and her husband have been married since 2010.
“He's my best friend. He loves riding his motorcycle. If he could spend every day on his bike he would love it,” she said.
Jason Klock spends a lot of time on the highway, as he works as a truck driver.
“I hope she recovers, really my concentration is on my husband and only my husband. Just want to get him better, I want to bring him home,” she said.
Klock's birthday was on July 4, and his wife said “I just want everybody to keep him in their thoughts and just keep praying for him."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support Klock, which can be found here.
As for Steele, she’s still in the hospital. No charges have been filed at this time.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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