WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Olympic gold medalist sprinter David Verburg made a daring rescue Sunday after spotting a turtle lying in the middle of a busy intersection in Florida.
Fearing the turtle would become road kill, Verburg put his vehicle in park and bolted across the intersection as the light turned green. Within seconds, he jumped back inside his vehicle with the massive turtle in his hands. He pulled over to the side of the road and let it out safely on the other side.
Verburg told Runner's World, “I actually almost hit the turtle myself. I had to swerve to miss it. I said ‘Damn, he is going to get crushed.’”
The Olympic champion posted video of the rescue on Facebook.
Verburg holds several gold medals, his most recent win in the 4×400-meter relay in the 2016 Summer Olympics.