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Woman seeks kind stranger who helped her 37 years agoTell North Platte what you think

Kelly Clark survived a terrible truck wreck near Hershey in 1979, when she was just 10 years old.

Now, she is looking for a kindly man who looked out for her after the deaths of her mother and two brothers.

On Nov. 20, 1979, Kelly’s mother Patricia Adams, 31, of Charlton, Iowa was driving a semi-tractor trailer when it collided with an overpass pillar at the Hershey I-80 exchange, according to a news report in the North Platte Telegraph.

Patricia, along with sons Tony, 13, and Todd, 8, were pronounced dead on the scene, and Kelly was taken to the hospital.

A caring man -- apparently a young traveling salesman -- who was driving by stopped to help, Kelly said.

The man not only stayed with Kelly at the scene until authorities arrived, but he stayed with her until her family members came, too.

“The stranger was literally by my side on my darkest day,” Clark said Aug. 17 in a facebook post. Before the stranger left, he handed Kelly a note with his name and address on it, in hopes she would keep in touch, along with a brown stuffed puppy.

Wrapped up in the note was $150, she said.

Kelly still has the toy puppy. Now, she is determined to find the traveling salesman and is asking for help from anyone who might know of him.

Kelly Clark lives in Belle Plain, Iowa, in the northeastern part of the state. 

If you can help her, look for her on Facebook. If you have trouble contacting her, let us know and we’ll help.

You can email the Bulletin editor at george@northplattebulletin.com

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/25/2017
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