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Woman saves life in Fontana gas station crash

May 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An out-of-control truck slams into a Fontana gas station, injuring two people. A Good Samaritan rushed in to help save a life. The whole thing happened in an instant.A pickup truck veered out of control and crashed into a Fontana gas station. Fortunately for one of the injured, a young woman with first-aid training was nearby.

Five and a half hours later, Fontana Police were still investigating the accident. The crash was caused by the driver of a white truck driving in the left-hand turning lane of an intersection. The driver proceeded into the intersection to turn left and somehow lost control. Police speculate he may have had a stroke.

The truck went through bushes into a gas station parking lot, hitting one gas pump and a red truck, which knocked into another gas pump. Two people were hurt. One person lost part of his leg. But police said things could have been much worse if not for the quick actions of a Good Samaritan.

"I'm really shaken up, just thinking, 'Oh, what if I had been at that gas tank' -- just a lot of 'what ifs,' and also just realizing that I did witness a really life-changing event for somebody is pretty jarring," said Rebecca Spence.

But Spence didn't only witness the event. She jumped into action, realizing at that moment she was the only one who could help.

"I ran outside and looked at the man," said Spence. "I thought at first that he was an amputee, but then I realized his foot was sitting next to him. I think I screamed, 'Somebody needs to tie something around his leg,' and then I realized, 'Oh, I guess that's me,' so I ripped my sweatshirt off and tied it around his leg."

Another person was wedged between the smashed gas pump and a gray Corolla, but she was expected to be OK.

As for the driver of the white truck who caused the wreck, at this point Fontana Say it looks like he might have had a stroke.

"The cause of the accident is currently under investigation," said Fontana Police Sgt. Jeff Decker. "A seizure is suspected, but isn't known for a fact right now. We have our mait team out here furthering the investigation, trying to reconstruct the accident, and that's pretty much all we know right now."

"I had done a first-aid and CPR training, because I used to work for the after-school program here in Fontana and we had a mandatory first-aid and CPR training, and that was the only thing that came to my mind," said Spence. "I hope I never have to [use those skills] again."

The condition of the man who lost part of his leg was not updated, but medical personnel reportedly were able to stop the bleeding.


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