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Truck Driver Thanks Good Samaritan, Rescuers

web posted April 14, 2014

WESTSIDE The driver of a dump truck that overturned Friday afternoon on Highway 23 says he is home and recovering from a separated shoulder, some lower back pain and "bumps and bruises," after being released from MCG Friday evening. "I just want to thank everybody involved, especially the guy that climbed in the truck with me," Josh Futral said. "He and his wife brought me a pillow and water."

"I don't even know his name," Futral said, "But I want to thank him for keeping me calm and comfortable while we were waiting on the fire department to get there."

Futral said he also wanted to thank those with the three fire departments involved and EMS. "They all did a great job and got me back safe with my family Friday night."

The crash, he said, was unavoidable as he rounded a corner and saw that traffic was not only stopped, but was backing up in the westbound lane without warning. He knew he did not have time to stop and decided to take his fully loaded dump truck off the shoulder of the eastbound lane to avoid slamming into a number of vehicles in the roadway.

Had he not swerved, others would have been killed, Futral said.  

Futral said that he and his family were prayerfully thankful for everyone involved and that no one else was injured.







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