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Bystanders save rollover victim

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

 

An Ogden woman suffered severe injuries in a rollover accident on I-15, but bystanders, including an off-duty Utah Highway Patrol trooper, are credited with saving her life.

Lt. Lee Perry with UHP said Box Elder dispatch received a call on the rollover at milepost 361, northbound, just after 8 a.m. on Monday, June 25.  The caller said the driver was unconscious and trapped inside her vehicle underwater.

That driver, Heidi Orosco, apparently drifted off the left side of the road into the median and then overcorrected her 2010 Dodge Caliber, sending the car sliding off the right side and down an embankment.  The car then rolled, coming to rest upside down in a ditch filled with water.

Two witnesses to the crash and a passing motorist all stopped to help. When it was discovered she was trapped and the car was filling with water, one witness ran to get a knife from his vehicle.  At the roadside, he was able to flag down UHP trooper Alex Williams.

Williams ran to the scene and found the driver underwater from her shoulders up and totally unresponsive.  He cut the seatbelt off and with the help of other bystanders, held the victim’s head above water until emergency crews arrived.

Perry said Orosco went from being unresponsive to communicating with emergency personnel prior to being transported to the Brigham City Hospital by ambulance.  She was later flown by AirMed helicopter to Ogden Regional Hospital, having suffered a severe spinal injury in the accident.

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