Michigan trooper uses tourniquet to save driver from bleeding to death


DETROIT – A Michigan State Police trooper is being credited with saving the life of a passenger who was involved in a traffic crash on westbound I-96.

According to Michigan State Police, on Dec. 1, at approximately 2 a.m., troopers responded to a serious injury crash on westbound I-96 near Fullerton.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2007 Chevy Impala was traveling at a high rate of speed on westbound I-96 and lost control on the exit ramp to Davison Avenue. The vehicle struck an exit sign and then a guard rail before coming to a stop on the freeway, authorities said.

Officials encountered two injured people lying on the ground near the crashed vehicle; one of whom had a severed leg and was losing blood, and the other sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.

A trooper utilized a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, which came from a major artery that was severed during the amputation.

Authorities said that had a a tourniquet not been applied, the subject would have died.

This is the second time the Second District has utilized a tourniquet to save a victim's life. In April, troopers applied a tourniquet to Sean English, who was struck by a vehicle as he was helping teenagers in a Jeep that had rolled over.