Former firefighter saves own life, rips leg from underneath loaded truck in Washington

  • Source: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
  • Published: 08/10/2018 12:00 AM

A logging truck driver is recovering after being run over by his own fully loaded truck near Lake Kapowsin in Pierce County on April 16. West used a special set of skills to save his own life, even though he ended up losing a leg. "I basically felt or heard the bones in my leg break," Troy said. As he stood tightening the load of his logging truck deep in the woods, it started to skid, knocking him under the back wheels. "So I spun around on my back underneath and it had already taken most of it off in the first set of duals and that's when I shoved it and ripped my leg off," West said. It was April 16, and the weather near Lake Kapowsin was cold, snowy and windy. The rescue helicopter wasn't going to make it and the nearest paramedics were nearly an hour away. West said he knew just what to do, as co-workers rushed to help him. "I told everybody 'stay calm,'" he added.


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