Rescuers pull man from truck using construction lift

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TRAER, Iowa (KWWL) – Fire crews in Traer responded to a stranded truck on North Mill Street near Wolf Creek around 7:30 Thursday morning. One man was pulled from the truck and taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

(Photo Courtesy: Jim Currens)

According to the fire department, the driver was in the truck for about 7 hours.

“This is the first time we’ve had to use it, hopefully, its the last time,” said Traer Fire Captain Josh Seda.

Seda says they discovered the man once they reached the truck.

“Went out as quick as we could, opened the passenger door of the vehicle, open the driver door of the vehicle so the water could run through, and brought the victim to the basket,” said Seda.

Firefighters used a lift you would commonly see at a construction site to cross the icy moat. It was a major challenge for them, but one they were able to overcome with help from the community.”

“I’m going to say yes 10 times,” said local contractor Scott Monat.

Monat loaned that lift when his hometown firefighters called for help, saying that’s just what neighbors do.

“Everybody knows everybody, so you all get together when there’s trouble or somebody needs help, that’s just how it is in a small town,” said Monat.

This is a developing story. KWWL reached out to the Traer Ambulance Service but they said they wouldn’t be releasing any more information per a request from the victim’s family.

Taylor Vessel

Taylor Vessel

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