CENTER, Mo. - The identity of a priest, who appeared at an accident scene, is a mystery.
Illinois rescue crews spent the first 45 minutes after the accident trying to get a 19-year-year old girl out of a car.
They were running out of options when a priest came out of nowhere, even though the road was blocked for miles, WEWS-TV reported.
"I went back and talked to the priest and told him we were worried she would think we'd given up hope. He said 'I just want to anoint her' and so we just let him come up to the scene," New London Fire Chief Richard Adair said.
“He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer. It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter that was beside me, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle."
Moments later, rescuers were able to free the girl. The fire department took 80 photos of the scene, but none included a picture of the priest.
The highway had been blocked during the hour and a half rescue, leaving no bystanders and no parked cars nearby. The local Diocese is also unable to identify who the priest was.