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Passing motorist saved ‘slumped over’ truck driver from certain death, doctors say


A truck driver’s life was saved early Friday morning as a passing motorist noticed him “slumped over” in his rig. 

The incident happened on November 20th near Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

Charlene Meador, Environmental Services Assistant for Western Kentucky University, was on her way to work when she noticed a truck was stopped in the road near the Kentucky Museum Loop. As she looked closer, she saw that the window was rolled down and the driver was ‘slumped over,’ so she decided to take action. 

Meador told ME TV News that her “instinct” told her that something was wrong, and so she immediately contacted 911. Police soon arrived and realized the truck driver needed medical attention, so they transported him to the hospital. 

The next day, Meador received a call from the driver’s family, explaining what had happened and thanking her for saving his life. According to the family, the driver’s blood sugar had dropped dangerously low, putting his life at risk. Without Meador’s phone call, doctors say, he likely would have died. 

“She said ‘I just want to thank you for doing what you did.’ And I said ‘well, I’m just glad he’s OK.’ And she goes, ‘he’s not just OK, you saved this guy’s life.’ She said he’s going to get to go home to his family,” said Meador. 

The university has already recognized Meador for her actions, and even granted her an award.


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