Nursing student helps save crash victim’s life

File Photo.
File Photo.

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A crash on U.S. 20 at the Toll Road overpass Saturday morning sent one man to a hospital in serious condition.

Police said Leonard L. Hutchison, 57, of Edon, Ohio was gong east on U.S. 20 in a 2002 Peterbilt cab semi pulling an empty flat-bed trailer. Brock J. Thompson, 25, of Angola, Indiana, was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus westbound. 

Thompson pulled into the eastbound lane to pass another westbound semi truck and went right into the path of Hutchinson’s truck. The vehicles hit nearly head-on. Hutchison and his passenger were not hurt.

Thompson had serious injuries to his head and lower body. Samaritan flew him to Parkview Regional Medical Center. A nursing student came upon the crash not long after it happened and helped provide first aid to Thompson. Officials said that helped save his life.

Seat belts were used in both vehicles and the airbags did deploy in Thompson’s car.  The crash is still under investigation.

Agencies assisting at the scene were the Angola Fire Department, Metz Fire Department, Steuben County EMS, Ohio Highway Patrol, Angola Police Department, and the Indiana State Police.

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