A 28-year-old, female semi-truck driver was traveling westbound on Highway 14-16 Monday morning when she felt her trailer beginning to drift out of the lane. The semi’s trailer, which was hauling fracking equipment for Casper-based Element Technical Services, started to slide into the ditch near mile marker 81. When she turned to correct both the cab and the trailer, the cab “tripped” and rolled several times before landing on its side.
Minutes later, an unidentified physician from Campbell County Health happened onto the scene where he was able to extricate the driver from the cab of the truck and attend to her medically. The doctor remained on-scene after Campbell County EMS and firefighters had arrived and until the driver was transported to CCH by ambulance, where she was treated for minor injuries and later released.
CCH Community Relations Director Karen Clarke told County 17 that she was unable to identify the physician, who hadn’t informed the hospital about the incident.
There’s little doubt he was a hero, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Eli Ellis, who applauded the doctor for not only responding to the incident but also for his skilled assistance provided while on-scene.
“I have to give credit to that doctor that was there,” Ellis said in an interview Tuesday, adding that the doctor “provided great care to the victim on scene” and that the driver “escaped significant injuries in the crash due to her wearing her seatbelt.”
The clean up of the fracking equipment and debris including hazardous material took WHP and the Campbell County Fire Department nearly six hours to clear.