Truck driver credited with saving three lives in fiery crash in Ohio

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paul Griebel says he knew when he hired Victor Jordan more than a month ago that the guy was a “class act.”

Now he can add “hero” as a new way to describe Jordan, who is credited with pulling three people from their burning vehicles on Tuesday, Oct. 16. 

Griebel and his wife, Jennifer, own WF Freight Lines in Burnsville, MN. He told Land Line on Wednesday that he’s still piecing together what happened after Jordan called him with the news that he had just rescued three people after witnessing a crash between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer on U.S. 42 in Ashland County, OH. The vehicles then crashed into a house, which also caught on fire.

Griebel said Jordan told him the driver of the pickup truck, who later died, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Even though the vehicles were on fire, Jordan was able to pull the driver of the semi and two passengers in the pickup truck to safety, but couldn’t get the driver of the pickup out, according to Griebel.

“When I talked to him, I told him to take the day off, but he said he wanted to drive a little bit anyway,” Griebel said. “So I guess maybe that’s where a driver wants to be sometimes after these things happen – in his truck.”

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