- Posted January 5, 2014 by
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Wintry weather 2014
Trucker Ejected from Burning Vehicle in 5 Degree Weather
Eastbound traffic on I-76 near Everett, PA came to a halt around 11:30am on 1/3/2014 when a tractor trailer crashed into the guardrail and exploded into flames. Three good samaritans rushed to help the driver from the vehicle. Not found in the truck, a search began for the driver in chilling 5 degree weather. The driver was found ejected from the vehicle about 40 feet off the shoulder. He suffered a compound fractured shin and other injuries. The good samaritans found a hat and blankets and worked quickly to keep the driver warm and conscious until paramedics arrived about 20 minutes later. At 5 degrees outside, exposed skin can freeze within minutes. It is unknown how long the driver was lying in the snow before being found. A highway worker was first on the scene and able to clear vehicles for the ambulance to prevent further delays. The driver was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital while State Troopers and a local fire department cleared the accident.