FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The driver of a semi was trapped for hours, after crashing into a sound barrier on I-69 Tuesday morning.
The driver is in the hospital, in critical condition.
"Something caused the semi-truck driver who is southbound on 69 to leave the road. A witness reported the semi-truck driver went off the road into the sound barrier and came to a halt," said Chris Felton, Public Information Officer of the Fort Wayne Police Department.
First responders said the impact pinned the driver from the waist down, our sister station WANE reports.
"The position of the semi truck into the wall and the way the wall crumbled and fell, it took the fire department a while to extricate the person," said Felton.
The impact also spilled cabbage and concrete all over a ditch.
Two and a half hours passed.
"Everyone's heard of the golden hour, we had obviously already doubled this," said Micheal Gillespie, Paramedic of Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.
Several emergency personnel told NewsChannel 15 that the driver's leg had to be amputated. For the first time in Fort Wayne's history, Emergency Medical Services had to amputate a person's body part on the scene.
"The decision was made with all parties involved that that was the last ditch effort to attempt to save the man's life," said Gillespie.
Gillespie said communication is everything when it comes to responding to critical emergencies. Essentially, he said you're performing a medical procedure inside the ambulance. Tuesday morning, a trauma physician from Lutheran Hospital guided the medics via their online medical control.
"That's part of our job too is to paint a crystal clear picture of the presentation of the patient, what's going on in that situation so that they fully understand almost as if the patient is in front of them what is going on and then they can tell us basically what they would do if they were there and tell us what they would want us to do, and then we do that," said Gillespie.
The name of the driver has not been released. Officials don't know yet what caused him to crash.
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