Truckers stop runaway pickup in Wisconsin

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | 4/25/2016

Two truckers are being hailed as heroes by local law enforcement for their efforts in stopping a runaway pickup truck and trying to provide first aid to the driver who apparently lost consciousness due to a medical emergency. No injuries occurred in the incident although the driver of the pickup died later at a hospital.

The incident happened at around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, April 23, on Interstate 94 in Kenosha County, when two truckers in the northbound lanes noticed a pickup driving erratically and careening into the wall along the interstate, according to Kenosha County Sheriff Sgt. Daniel Ruth.

Ruth said the truckers used their rigs to box the pickup in and slow it down, while also keeping other drivers out of harm’s way.

Eventually, Ruth said the drivers were able to slow the pickup down enough for one of them, Rafal Jedlewski, of Schaumburg, Ill., to exit his own vehicle and jump into the cab of the pickup to apply the brakes.

“They couldn’t have done a better job of stepping up as good Samaritans and helping the general public,” Ruth said in an interview with Land Line Now on Monday. “The actions of the truck drivers were just very heroic – the fact that they blocked other traffic from getting involved in this, and then to actually get out and get up on a moving vehicle.”

The pickup driver was identified as Brian P. Carney, 52, of Northfield, Ill. According to the report, he was found unconscious and not breathing when he was removed from his cab. Jedlewski and the other trucker (who was not identified in the police report) proceeded to administer CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene. Carney was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Ruth said an autopsy is underway to determine what may have caused him to lose consciousness.

According to Ruth, the report states that when Jedlewski attempted to open the driver’s side door of the pickup, he “pulled the handle so hard, that the handle actually came off the truck.”

“The adrenaline was probably going; he was trying to get this (pickup) opened up,” he said. “Even though he pulled the handle off of the door, he was still able to get inside, put the brake on, and get the vehicle to stop.”

News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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