Trucker In Fight For His Life After Suffering Heart Attack Behind-The-Wheel
South Salt Lake, Utah – According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), a truck driver suffered a heart attack along I-15 on Thursday before crashing into a concrete barrier.
UHP said the incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, southbound at 2700 South and I-15.
The 72-year-old truck driver, who was hauling gravel, was discovered slumped over and unconscious by a motorist, Justin Letizia, who stopped to check on the man, according to a report from local news outlet KJZZ.
Letizia is an athletic trainer according to KJZZ and began assessing the truck driver’s medical condition.
Another motorist joined Letizia and helped pull the trucker out of the truck and onto the ground.
Officials then say two off-duty Provo police officers came upon the scene and also stopped to offer assistance.
The officers, along with Letizia, took turns performing CPR on the driver until emergency responders arrived.
The truck driver, whose name has not been released, was transported to a nearby hospital.
He is in critical condition at this time, authorities say.
“Really hope he pulls through and can continue on with his life,” Letizia told KJZZ.
SB I-15 is down to 2 lanes while crews contain a fuel spill from the semi. The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. We will advise when the roadway has reopened.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 2, 2019
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