Victims of crash looking for good Samaritans

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ANDOVER, Kan. (KAKE) -

A family in Kansas is on a mission to find the "good Samaritans" who helped them after a crash. This family walked away from a serious crash with very minor injuries, they just want to thank the people who comforted them. 

Bernadette Aluise and her family were in a rollover crash near Emporia last Saturday morning. 

"Thank God we all walked away from the accident and we were all okay. But at the time, I had no idea what the extent of our injuries were, especially my children." 

They were driving an SUV northbound on interstate 35, when they crashed with a southbound pickup. Aluise, along with her husband and their two young son, were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. But Aluise says the real heroes were the people who stopped to help. A handful of good Samaritans held their hands and kept the family calm until emergency crews arrived. 

"All that just means a lot when you're going through a traumatic event. I mean, I just have no idea how to express my gratitude, but I just want to say thank you." 

The family says they're still shook up emotionally from the wreck, but they're grateful for the lessons learned,

"We'll try our best to help strangers when we can. It was definitely a learning experience for my kids. And we will do everything that we can to help people in the future and pay it forward." 

The Aluise family says their biggest takeaway is to always wear your seat belt and never forget to count your blessings. 

"All of us were really so grateful because we all stayed calm, I think because of them."

Some good Samaritans did reach out to the Aluise family, but didn't want to be on camera. If any of you know of someone who helped the family, reach out to KAKE News and we can put you in contact. 

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