Shortly after 2:30 a.m., Cpl. Fred Bloom responded to a call of a roll-over crash on the southbound lanes of I-65 near the 241-mile marker close to the Lowell exit, officials said.
According to preliminary reports, a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner was in the left lane when it drifted into the right lane, sideswiping a semi-trailer truck, officials said
Witnesses told police the driver crawled out of his vehicle. He had suffered a severed artery at the bottom of his right wrist, officials said.
Blohm and a nurse from California who stopped to offer help applied pressure to the artery and applied a tourniquet until emergency help arrived, officials said.
While receiving first aid, the driver made a request for a White Castle hamburger and a cigarette, officials said.
Hospital personnel at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point said the actions of Blohm and the Good Samaritan likely saved the driver’s life, officials said.
The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, tested positive for alcohol, officials said. As of this morning, no charges had been filed against him.
Police believe the driver of the semi-truck was not aware his vehicle had been struck by the Toyota and continued south.
By Deanese Williams-HarrisTribune reporter
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