KREM 2 News crew helps pull driver from rollover wreck



Posted on December 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 11:41 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A KREM 2 News team helped free a driver trapped in a rollover wreck along Highway 395. Slick roads sent the truck sliding near North Road directly in front of a KREM 2 News vehicle.

The truck landed driver’s side down.  

KREM 2’s Briana Bermensolo called 911 to report the wreck while photojournalist Jeff Bollinger helped free the driver.  Emergency crews arrived on scene to help too.

The truck’s driver reportedly slammed hard on the brakes, crossed two lanes, and rolled over on the icy highway Friday afternoon.

Bollinger slowed the news vehicle safely to the accident and immediately jumped out of the truck to help, along with another couple who also saw the crash.

The driver told Bollinger he was okay but that his leg was trapped under the steering wheel.  Jeff got in the truck to keep the heavy snow off the trapped driver while waiting for emergency teams to arrive.

 It took several firefighters to lift the driver out, but he did not suffer any injuries.

The shaken driver said he was just in shock that his truck lost control so quickly in the snowy conditions.

“I wish I could tell you [what happened] coming up the hill,” he said.  “I just started slowing down because it looked ugly.”

Two dogs in the car were also not hurt in the crash.

Jeff Bollinger said in all his 27 years of working as a photographer for KREM 2 news, this was the first time he'd worked with first responders to help free someone trapped in a car wreck.