Kansas City pedestrian pinned by truck, breaking both legs

06/17/2013 12:48 PM

06/17/2013 12:48 PM

A truck struck a woman and pinned her ankle under a tire Monday morning on Broadway at Southwest Boulevard.

The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. as the woman tried to cross Broadway from east to west and was hit by a northbound heavy-duty pickup truck.

The driver told police the woman ran into the street between two vehicles so he didn’t see her until she was in front of his truck. He slammed on his brakes. The truck’s right tire crushed her left leg and stopped on top of her right ankle, pinning her against the street.

Two doctors who were nearby applied a tourniquet to the woman’s legs and advised against moving the truck until emergency responders arrived, said Police Sgt. Jon Jacobson. The pressure from the tire helped prevent further blood loss from the woman’s lower leg, he said. Both legs were mangled with broken bones with skin stripped off, according to witnesses.

Firefighters used air bags to lift the truck and free the woman. The woman remained calm throughout the ordeal until the truck was moved, causing her great pain, Jacobson said.

Police could not find anyone who independently witnesses the wreck. Police were still investigating. The woman’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

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