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Good Samaritans Saved Man's Life in Sunday Crash, APD Says

September 10, 2012|By Chris Klint and Adam Pinsker | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police credit a pair of unidentified good Samaritans with saving the life of a driver critically injured Sunday afternoon, when he was pinned between his trailer and a vehicle that struck it from behind.

According to APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker, 25-year-old Israel Hale was driving a pickup towing a trailer loaded with lumber and building supplies that broke down in the westbound lanes of Dimond Boulevard, near the Salvation Army store, at about 7:15 p.m.

Hale had gotten out to fix the trailer when a 17-year-old woman, who said she was blinded by the low angle of the sun, struck him from behind and pinned him against the trailer.

“Both of Hale’s legs were severely damaged by the collision and he was losing blood from his injuries,” Parker wrote in a Monday statement. “A woman who identified herself as a nurse immediately put tourniquets on Hale’s legs and she was assisted by a male wearing a green shirt.”

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Parker says the man and the woman both left before officers recorded their names, and that police are hoping the public can help identify them.

Anyone with information about them should call APD at 786-8900.

Providence Alaska Medical Center says Hale is under treatment at the hospital. The crash remains under investigation by detectives with APD’s Major Collision Investigation Team.

Editor's note: APD has corrected an initial statement that said the crash happened at about 5:15 p.m.

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