Trooper, Nurse Save Life of Man in Accident in Indiana

An Indiana police officer and a Good Samaritan saved the life of a Demotte man who severed an artery in his wrist in an accident this morning on I-65, officials said.

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

The SUV, driven by a 39-year-old Demotte man, then veered left after striking the left rear tandem tires of the truck, went off the road into a median, and ran into the safety barrier cables, officials said. After striking the cables, the vehicle went back to the right lanes, went airborne, rolled over and came to rest on the outer shoulder of the road.

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

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-state-trooper-saves-life-of-man-in-accident-in-indiana-20111112,0,5030092.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChicagoBreakingNews+%28Chicago+Breaking+News%29

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