On a sunny day in June, Peter Frank went out for a run in his home state of Montana, where he was living for the summer during a year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. What happened on that fateful afternoon was nothing short of unexpected.
“I was just running on a road in Montana, and I was crossing an intersection, and a truck didn’t see me crossing,” Frank said. “And then it came and hit me, to put it in the simplest terms.”
Frank was unconscious for 14 minutes before paramedics were able to rescue him and rush him to the hospital.
“Honestly, totally thought it was a dream,” Frank said of his first reaction when he woke up in the middle of a CT scan. “I woke up… just wondering where I was or how I got there.”
Frank, a third-year student who competes on Westminster College’s track and cross country team, broke his ribs and pelvis and suffered a “gnarly concussion,” in Frank’s own words.
However, his injuries did not require surgery, despite the truck hitting him at an estimated 45 miles per hour.
“Honestly, [I’m] lucky to be alive with how well it ended,” Frank said.
After three months of rest with little to no physical activity, Frank was able to walk again. From there, he advanced from jogging to running. Today, he is back on the cross country team competing.
“I think you have to trust the process,” Frank said. “You have to take that as a blessing and realize that you can’t take [anything] for granted. It all could be gone so fast.”
Peter Frank’s current Instagram bio reads, “Trying to out run my problems and avoid trucks.”
Frank is doing just that.