Blackgum, Chicken Creek and Sallisaw Fire Departments worked together to rescue the driver of a Sue’s Recycling garbage truck Monday morning. The driver (name unavailable) was pinned in the cab of the truck for about four hours.
Rescuers were told that Monday was the driver’s first day on the job.
“The truck was loaded and heavy,” Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said. “He missed a curve on State Highway 82, north of McQuick’s store, left the road, and went down an embankment into a ravine. The cab was crushed and his legs were pinned.”
While firemen worked to free the driver, paramedics with Pafford EMS were on the scene and were treating the driver with fluids and pain medications, Armstrong said.
The Sallisaw Rescue Truck was called to the scene at 10:42 a.m.
“We had to pry, cut and bend” the truck, Armstrong said. He added the truck was also unstable as rescuers worked. The trapped man was conscious the entire time, he added.
When freed at about 12:45 p.m., he was transported to an area hospital by helicopter.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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