(Verona, Ky.) – A daring rescue was made to save a Walton man’s life after a crash Wednesday morning.
Boone County Sheriff’s deputies say Rodney King, 45, of Walton, was driving a dump truck when lost control of the large vehicle on U.S. 42 near Cleek Lane in Verona during thunderstorms at about 8:30.
King’s truck went left-of-center, colliding with a semi pulling a tractor.
The driver of the second truck, 29-year-old Adam Ried, of Walton, was pinned by the steering wheel inside the truck as it caught fire.
A witness to the crash, Eugene Wilson, of Independence, and another man sprung into action.
“(They) attempted to put out the fire with fire extinguishers. Unable to do so, Wilson pulled the entrapped Ried free of the truck which became fully engulfed,” said sheriff’s office spokesman Tom Scheben.
Reid was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Cincinnati with second and third degree burns on his legs.
King suffered unknown injuries. He was transported to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Florence.
The crash remains under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team.