“Heart Attack” Trucker Loses His Life But May Have Saved Others
Oconee County, South Carolina – A truck driver suffering a heart attack potentially saved the lives of motorists early Friday morning, but sadly lost his.
Karl Addis, Oconee County coroner, said a 55-year-old truck driver from Poplar Bluff, MO, was traveling northbound along I-85 at approximately 2:40 a.m. Friday when he began suffering a heart attack.
Authorities said the driver was successfully able to slow the tractor-trailer and safely pull to the side of the interstate without endangering any motorists.
Investigators said the truck struck an informational sign before it rolled to a stop after it left the roadway.
Emergency medical responders were dispatched in an effort to save the driver’s life.
Unfortunately, the driver passed away.
“Despite medical resuscitation efforts by first responders and EMS, the truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:28 am.,” Addis said.
Local news outlet FoxCarolina.com is reporting the driver’s family indicated he had a history of cardiac issues.
Authorities have not yet released the identify of the driver, but said his actions might very well have saved the lives of other travelers.