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Amber Alert

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Trucker pulls unconscious motorist from wreckage

Police in a Cleveland suburb say a trucker pulled another driver out of his four-wheeler last weekend before the man’s wrecked pickup burst into flames.

According to Lt. Chris Viland, the pickup drover lost control and ran into a Carquest automotive parts store and was knocked unconscious at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 in Solon, OH.

John Krupka, 50, has driven a parts delivery truck for Carquest for four years, and was parked at the Solon Carquest – just one of his daily nine stops at stores in the area – when he witnessed the accident.

Krupka told Land Line he was about to close up the back of his truck when he saw headlights swerving and heard a boom that seemed right outside his truck. The boom was followed by what Krupka said sounded like a rocket whistling.

Krupka looked out his driver’s side window and saw a pickup truck crushed into the side of the retail store, with the gas main lit up “like a blow torch” in the truck’s engine compartment. He ran to the truck and saw a middle-aged man unconscious, his face buried in his pickup’s airbag.

“By the time I got to him the fire was up on the dashboard of his truck,” Krupka said. “The only thing I could think of was he was in trouble and to help him out.”

Well at least it sounds like there are still some candidates for Highway Angels out there. I am glad to see some of the truckers out there are still trying to bring the image around to folks that not all trucker's are bad people.

I congratulate John Krupka for going above and beyond.

Read all about it here; Trucker pulls unconscious motorist from wreckage