Greeneville Reds minor league team help victims in fatal crash on I-81

Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT
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As what they later found out was a fatal car wreck unfolded in front of them, the Greeneville Reds watched the carnage as the traveled north on Interstate 81.

The minor league affiliate to Cincinnati Reds, Greeneville was headed to Bristol for a game against the Bristol Pirates.

"We saw the whole thing happen and it was tough, it was tough to see," said pitching coach Chad Cordero.

When tragedy struck, Reds manager Travis Dawkins and his players jumped into action to help.

"Our manager made the call and said let's stop, we've gotta do something," Cordero said. "We weren't sure what to do then we realized we've got a bus full of professional athletes. We felt like we had an obligation to do what we needed to do to try to help."

The players immediately started working together to overturn the flipped car, and first baseman Justin Bellinger grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out a fire starting in one of the cars.

The Johnson City man died in he accident.

The Reds heroicly continued on to Bristol and won a thrilling, 11 inning game, 13-9, over the Pirates.