EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGood Samaritan Helps Clay County Crash Victims
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 7, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 7, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
Wallback , Clay County , West Virginia
The first person on the hectic scene of a Clay County crash that killed a teen and injured 10 others early Wednesday morning had a military background and is credited with saving several lives.
Jeremy Mullins was asleep when he heard a really loud crash outside his Wallback Road home in Clay County. He ran outside and saw a truck flipped on its side in a bank. He ran outside and put his military skills to the test.
"Just trying to figure out what we had," he said. "How many people were hurt. Get them on the porch. Get 911 here and tell them what was needed."
While emergency crews were on the way, Mullins jumped into action and tried to help the 11 people who were seriously hurt. Mullins has the training to back it up. He is a captain for the West Virginia Air National Guard and has 15 years of experience. He is trained in what he called "casualty collection." He got everyone that was injured away from the crash to his front porch and told them not to move.
"We had two that were really bad. Immobilized," he said. "Didn't want them to move at all. One head trauma that he needed to sit down, two broken arms. One guy had trouble breathing. Mainly just to get them stabilized and not to move until the ambulances got here."
Mullins said it was a hectic scene and he tried to help everyone that he could. Kara Conley, 17, was trapped underneath the truck. Mullins said he crawled down the bank to try to help her, but he couldn't find a pulse and knew it was too late.
"You just try to help the ones that you can," he said. "There was nothing I could do about the one. There was no way I could move the vehicle. You would have to have a crane to get it off of her."
But it was quick thinking and the right training that Mullins said probably helped save several of these young lives Wednesday morning.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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