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Trapped Driver’s Leg Amputated At Crash Site


Truck AccidentAccording to WANE, a driver who crashed and was stuck in the wreckage for more than 2 and a half hours was forced to have his leg amputated to be freed.

The accident occurred on Tuesday morning on Interstate 69 near Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Chris Felton, Public Information Officer for the Fort Wayne Police Department, said that the driver was southbound on I-69.  The truck left the road and ran into the barrier where the truck came to rest.

When responders arrived, the driver was pinned from the waist down.

“The position of the semi truck into the wall and the way the wall crumbled and fell, it took the fire department a while to extricate the person,” said Felton.

For more than 2 hours, emergency personnel worked to free the trapped driver.

“Everyone’s heard of the golden hour, we had obviously already doubled this,” Micheal Gillespie, Paramedic of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, told WANE.

News Channel 15 reported that the driver’s leg had to be amputated at the scene in order to save his life.

“The decision was made with all parties involved that that was the last ditch effort to attempt to save the man’s life,” said Gillespie.

The driver was transported to a local hospital. ┬áThe driver’s identity had current condition have not yet been released.

The crash remains under investigation.


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