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Posted: 5:02 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013
By Greg Suskin
CHESTER COUNTY, N.C. —
Wylies Mill Road in Chester County was closed for most of Wednesday, as crews continued to clean up after a logging truck accident and fire.The driver of the logging truck, 39-year-old Ronald Reed from Heath Springs, likely would've been killed had it not been for two men who rushed to save him.Reggie Jones is one of them. He told us he was watching TV, when he heard a terrible noise."I just heard a big ol' boom, and I looked out my window, saw the truck flipped over, and I just threw on some pants and ran out," he said.He reached the road and saw another man hurrying toward him from down the street.Troopers said the truck lost control, swerved off Wylies Mill Road and took down several mailboxes before overturning and catching on fire. It all happened outside Jones' front door.Diesel fuel spilled across the road into the gutter, catching fire almost immediately. Jones noticed the trucker wasn't moving inside the shattered cab."He was knocked out. In a daze," he said. Both men banged on the cab, trying to rouse him. "When I said that his truck was on fire, he started moving a little bit more," Jones said.Both men worked to get Reed out of the truck, and Jones tried to battle the fire spreading around it with a fire extinguisher."I think that just made it worse," he said.On Wednesday, crews were still repairing the road, and removing soil contaminated by the fuel spill.Jones said he did what anyone else would do, but admits that if no one was around, the trucker wouldn't be either."He could've got burned up. That truck was burnt all the way to a crisp. All you saw was a motor. You couldn't even tell it was a truck."State troopers tell Channel 9 the crash is still under investigation. They have not filed charges or released the cause of the crash.Reed was taken to CMC with non-life-threatening injuries. The hospital did not have his condition available Wednesday.
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