Feb 8, 2013 4:55 AM

Guardsmen Step In To Help Crash Victim

A man who was seriously injured in an accident in Rowan County was fortunate the crash happened where it did.

Police say an electronic device might have distracted Anthony Derek Blankenship, 30, as he drove along KY-80 Thursday afternoon. He lost control of his pickup truck in front of the National Guard armory and crashed through two fences. He suffered life threatening injuries and was pinned inside the truck.

Fortunately, guardsmen trained as frist responders and an EMT were working at the National Guard facility, and they rushed to help.

"I think the guys did a great job. I mean, sometimes those first initial moments can mean everything. And so the guys did a great job, keeping calm, treating the patient until first responders arrived. And with the timeliness of the first responders and their professionalism, I think the patient has a fighting chance," 2nd Lt. Adam Oswalt said. "They had equipment; they took a sledge hammer and used it to pry the fence open so they can get the door open."

Blankenship was airlifted to UK Hospital. Officials did not release any information about his condition.


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