Bystander Works to Free Crashed Semi Driver

By Evan Gorman | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Shortly after 3 P.M., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle accident involving an overturned tractor-trailer along Glasgow road.

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"The semi was traveling West on Highway 68/80; it appeared to lose control on the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, and then over turned into the ditch," Deputy Hopkins said.

Kevin Estes, of Glasgow, was traveling home from work and was among the first on the scene.

"I noticed there wasn't anyone up here yet, there was a cloud of smoke, and the tires were still spinning on the truck, so I jumped out and ran up here and noticed diesel fuel pouring out everywhere," Estes said.

Estes first checked on the driver's condition.

"I went over there and I yelled to see if he was okay. He said he was alright so I ran around the truck to the driver's side. He was pinned in and the door was wedged shut."

Estes then ran back to his truck and grabbed some tools to pry the semi's door open.

"I cut his seat belt off attempting to pull him out and he was just jammed in there too far. We could do anything so I just kept talking to him, kept him alert, until the fire fighters and EMS got here," Estes said.

It took the crews several minutes to free the driver, Gregory Cross, of Auburn, from the damaged cab. Once out, crews treated Cross on the scene before he was flown to Skyline Regional Hospital in Nashville.
Cross is listed in stable condition.

Crews worked for several hours to clear the highway along with pieces of the wreckage, equipment, and debris.

The scene was cleared just before 7 P.M.

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