Fort Hood soldiers rescue driver in crash

Fort Hood soldiers save local truck driver
Fort Hood soldiers save local truck driver(Fort Hood)
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 1:14 PM CDT
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) - Two members of the 1st Cavalry Division rescued a driver from their burning vehicle after overturning around 8 a..m Feb. 28 near Fort Hood.

Sgt. Maj. Charlene Crisp and Maj. Adam Blocker along with two other noncommissioned officers assigned to Fort Hood took immediate action when they observed a dump truck make a sharp right turn and tip over in the vicinity of the Golden Chick parking lot along Fort Hood Street.

“I was driving to work and saw a lady acting frantically on the side of Fort Hood Street,” said Crisp. “As I got closer, I saw the dump truck on its side and it was on fire. I pulled into a restaurant parking lot, right behind Maj. Blocker and we ran over to the truck.”

Blocker, who noticed the fire brewing under the vehicle while driving to the scene, said he immediately called 911 to notify emergency services and request a fire truck and ambulance.

Crisp, also added once she arrived at the site, she noticed the flames were getting higher, and the driver was stuck inside the truck.

“I attempted to kick out the driver’s side windshield and then realized it might be easier for the driver to climb up,” said Blocker.

According to Fort Hood, two other military personnel arrived at the scene and assisted by jumping on top of the vehicle to help pull the driver out through the door, which was sideways and pointing towards the sky, while Blocker, still on the ground, attempted to communicate with the driver to go up to the top of the doorway.

Crisp said a few others were also on the scene assisting with the rescue efforts. She instructed one to go into the restaurant and grab a fire extinguisher, which he quickly used on the fire to reduce the flames.

According to Crisp, the staff sergeant on the scene kicked the windshield to break the glass and a couple of civilian men cleared the shattered glass, which enabled the truck driver to kick his legs through.

The recovery group then moved in and pulled the truck driver feet-first through the windshield cavity to safety.

“We then carried him away from the truck and once we were a safe distance away, we laid him down and waited for emergency services to arrive,” added Blocker.

While waiting for EMS, both Crisp and Blocker provided first aid by checking the driver’s cognitive abilities, ensuring he kept his neck straight to prevent a head injury, and keeping him calm.

“What we did was what anybody would have done in the same situation; I just saw someone in trouble and wanted to help,” said Crisp.