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Idaho man rescues crash victim from car

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OAKLAND, Calif. (WHDH) - A Boise man reacted quickly to save another man's life on a California freeway.

The 95-year-old driver was hanging upside down, strapped in by his seat belt as blood gushed from his head. The one car accident happened on an off-ramp near Oakland.

"I quickly pulled off my sport coat and tie and tore off my dress shirt because I knew we would have to find some way to stop the bleeding to this guy's head," said Wayne Rancourt, who came upon the accident.

Rancourt, the CFO for a lumber company in Idaho, was in town for business and had hopped on an airport shuttle minutes before the accident.

"So I quicly opened the door behind the driver and jumped into the car, which was upside down, and then got a couple of those guys to hold his legs while I released the seat belt and then got him laying flat," Rancourt said.

He used his dress shirt to put pressure on the man's head until paramedics arrived a few minutes later.

Rancourt said he spoke to the driver, who couldn't remember what had happened.

"He basically had a three-inch gash across the front of this forehead in the shape of a V, but it was down, looked like to the bone," Rancourt said.

A 75-year-old passenger in the car wasn't as seriously injured.
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