One Deputy Saves Eight People After Crash in Whitfield County, Georgia
WHITFIELD. GA- Wpde.com writes that a deputy arrived at the scene of a severe crash and rescued eight people from the mangled vehicles. The one officer worked alone to save the victims before other responders arrived.*
The crash took place when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in front of the trooper’s vehicle. The massive semi veered off the roadway and part of the truck crossed over a guardrail. The back of the truck hit two other vehicles knocking both into an embankment on the side of the road. One of the passenger vehicles landed on top of the other. A young girl was trapped in the vehicle that was on top, and seven individuals were stuck in the bottom vehicle. The officer stated that traffic had slowed for an earlier crash, but that the truck driver apparently failed to notice in time. According to witnesses, the vehicles overturned multiple times. The officer stated that he thought someone must certainly have been killed in the horrific wreck. At the time of the incident, the officer and another officer were transporting a prisoner. While the one officer stayed to guard the prisoner, the other rushed to the disabled vehicles and where he learned everyone was alive, but that they were all still in peril.
One of the vehicles was smoking, but the officer saw that there were children inside and decided in spite of the risks to work on extricating the victims. After getting the family out of the lower car, the officer worked to help the young girl out of the other vehicle. He explained it was difficult as she was injured and was losing and regaining consciousness. The entire rescue was carried out in the pouring rain by the one officer as it took 45 minutes for help to arrive.
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