ST. GEORGE — After a pickup truck crashed and overturned in St. George Wednesday, a group of bystanders helped pull the driver out before emergency responders arrived.
Randy Demke was one of the people who helped lift the man in his mid to late 50s out of the truck, he said. Demke was driving his car near the intersection of Dixie Downs Road and Snow Canyon Parkway at about 5 p.m. when he heard tire screeches and what sounded like a loud impact.
He then saw a “cloud of dust” and a pickup truck rolling over off the edge of the road and down a slope. Demke said he pulled over on the side of the road, along with five or six others, and went down to the truck to see if the driver needed any help.
“The truck landed with the passenger door up, so a few of us had gotten up and opened up the door,” Demke said.
One of the people at the scene jumped into the cab to help release the driver from his seat belt, he said, before the others were able to help him out of the truck through the passenger door. It didn’t seem like the man had sustained major injuries from the rollover, Demke said.
“I didn’t see any blood or anything like that,” he said. “I think he was just shook up. I was relieved he didn’t seem injured.”
After helping the man back up the slope to the side of the roadway, emergency responders arrived to assess the man’s injuries. Demke said that seeing people willing to pull over and jump out of their cars to help the man was encouraging.
“It was nice to see there was several cars that were stopped to make sure everything was OK,” he said. “There were some people who were standing by and watching, but there were a good number of people who were actually getting involved and making sure the door was staying open to help him up and out safely.”
Demke does not know what caused the crash or if the man was transported to the hospital. St. George Police did not immediately respond to St. George News’ request for comment on the crash.
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