Driver Rescued From Burning Semi
KSAL Staff - Wed 02:58 PM 08/22/2012
A man is rescued from a burning vehicle on a Cloud County highway.
According to the Cloud County Sheriff's Office, 57-year-old Robert Stapp from Arkansas was driving a semi, pulling a camper behind it.
As he was headed north on US 81 Highway, he veered off the road onto the right shoulder. The semi then crossed back across the northbound lanes of the highway, crossed the median and the southbound lanes, and crashed into the ditch and caught fire.
The camper fell onto the highway, blocking all southbound traffic.
David O'Brien, who works with Stapp, was following. He ran to the aid of Stapp, finding him unconscious in the cab of the semi. O'Brien unbuckled Stapp, and drug him from the burning semi to safety.
Cloud County Rural Fire Department No. 4 and the Concordia Fire Department responded to battle the fire. At one point, medics had to rush Stapp from the scene on a spine board because the quick spreading grass fire was just feet away from them. Stapp was transported to the Cloud County Health Center.
Deputies with the Cloud County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from Kansas Highway Patrol, are investigating. Although the crash is still under investigation, it is believed a medical condition may have contributed.
The crash happened Tuesday afternoon at around 4:00, on US 81 Highway about four miles north of Concordia.