Trucker Rescues Driver of Vehicle Who Hit Him Head-On

Crash happened at about 1 a.m. near Ashland Avenue and Vermont Street in Blue Island

Friday, Jun 6, 2014  |  Updated 6:49 PM CDT
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Police say a driver who struck a tractor trailer head-on Friday morning in Blue Island could face charges. Anthony Ponce reports.

Police say a driver who struck a tractor trailer head-on Friday morning in Blue Island could face charges. Anthony Ponce reports.

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Trucker Rescues Driver of Vehicle Who Hit Him Head-On

NBC Chicago's Michelle Relerford reports for the NBC 5 NEWS TODAY on June 6, 2014.
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The driver of a tractor trailer got out of his cab and helped rescue the driver of another vehicle he says hit him head-on in Blue Island early Friday morning.

Ralph Peterson, of Riverdale, said he was driving his rig home at about 1 a.m. Friday, heading south on Ashland Avenue, when he saw a vehicle come over a bridge and drive in his path. The two vehicles collided near Vermont Street.

Peterson said he was OK but he knew that without his help the driver in the black SUV would not be.

"He was stuck. I tried to pull the steering wheel and tried to help him out because there was diesel fuel leaking all over, and I just wanted to make sure he got out of the car safely. And then he was OK," Peterson said.

The driver of the other vehicle, whose identity was not released by 6 a.m., was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with injuries that were said to be non life-threatening.

Peterson said he's been a truck driver for 15 years but said Friday morning's experience was a first for him.

The strong smell of fuel hung in the air of the crash scene, which was mostly cleared of debris by 4:30 a.m.

It's not clear if charges will be filed in the case.

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