Thursday, June 26 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
2 Hours to Free Truck Driver Pinned Under Wreckage in Bradley
A 23-year-old truck driver crashed on I-75 in Bradley County, and was pinned in the wreckage for several hours.
But he might have been there a lot longer if it hadn't been for an alert EMS team.
This happened just before 2 this morning on north Interstate 75 near the 31 mile marker.
911 dispatchers first got a call that an 18-wheeler had struck an SUV that had pulled off to the side of the road. Dispatchers were told the truck hit the SUV, but drove away from the scene.
EMS crews determined the driver of the SUV wasn't hurt, and headed north.
Just a short distance ahead, they noticed a semi-truck and trailer on its side, nosed into the woods. The crew then called for more help.
The driver of the truck was severely pinned in the wreckage.
Bradley County Fire and Rescue personnel worked feverishly to free the truck driver, who suffered serious injuries. Crews realized getting the man out of the wreckage would take a while. They called Erlanger's LifeForce with the hopes once he got out of the wreckage, he could get to the hospital as fast as possible.
The entire extrication about two hours. After that, he was flown to Erlanger in a matter of minutes.
At last check, the still-unidentified driver was in serious condition.
'This was one of those accidents where the training of the first responders paid off. When you have a patient trapped inside wreckage like this there are so many things that can go wrong. Bradley County Fire and Rescue did a great job in removing the patient safely.' said Stan Clark, EMS spokesperson.
The cargo in the trailer was several heavy rolls of paper that weighed over six thousand pounds apiece.