A truck driver traveling on I-80 on July 16 witnessed a terrible wreck when a pickup truck pushed a minivan off of the road, and then hit another car, pushing it into the median.
Noticing that the car victims were already receiving assistance from several bystanders, the truck driver turned his attention to severely crumpled the minivan. A man and a woman were frantically trying help their three children, who were still trapped inside, out of the minivan.
The truck driver, who was a first responder and former paramedic and EMT, was able to describe the emergency to the 911 operator based on his medical expertise. He then went to work trying to extract each child from the vehicle, starting with the most accessible child, a 5-year-old boy who was on the second row seat of the minivan. He instructed bystanders to lay him on the ground in accordance with spinal injury precautions.
Emergency personnel began to arrive and offer further assistance as the next two children were carefully extracted from the vehicle.
According to the truck driver this was the worst motor vehicle accident he had ever seen, and noted that the injuries ranged from a broken pelvis to broken legs, hips, arms and jaws, to fractured skulls and internal bleeding. For his efforts that day, he has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch.
Transportation is a must when it comes to meeting the every day needs of a family. However, the importance of taking the right safety precautions in the event of an accident cannot be overstated. Recent studies by the NHTSA show that car crashes are ranked number one in causes of child fatalities in the U.S. In fact an average of 3 children age 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes. Using the right safety seats, seat belts, and restraints can make a difference of life or death for your child in the unfortunate event of a serious accident.
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