A 10-year-old MythBusters episode kept him calm and allowed Dennis Saulnier to make a plan, or five.
Everything had to go right after everything went so horribly wrong, or Dennis Saulnier and his two young daughters wouldn’t be with us today, he says.
A 10-year-old MythBusters episode kept him calm and allowed Saulnier to make a plan, or five, as his pickup began sinking into Cultus Lake on May 16 after being run off the road by a dangerous driver, his two- and four-year-old strapped into car seats in the back.
“It was amazing this 10-year-old episode (of MythBusters) popped into my head at that moment and I knew exactly what I had to do,” Saulnier said. “I knew I could not leave the cab until it was completely full of water.
“I remembered (co-star) Jamie (Hyneman) needed oxygen because he couldn’t hold his breath that long, that’s what made me think of punching out the sunroof.”
His horror story has been well-documented: The tailgating sedan behind him, the dangerous overtake, losing control of his 2008 Ford F-350 in loose gravel, plunging into the lake.