SPANAWAY, Wash. - A 19-year-old boy is in critical condition after a collision with a garbage truck in Spanaway Friday morning. The teen struck a garbage truck around 8 a.m. near 208th Street East and 52nd Avenue East.
Witnesses told police the teen driver was trapped in his vehicle with a faint pulse and serious neck wound.
Police said a member of the military special forces who saw the crash stopped to apply pressure to the injured driver’s neck.
The good Samaritan stayed with the teen, providing emergency assistance until medics arrived.
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Officers said a large garbage truck was stopped in the road, preparing to back down a driveway and that it appears the teen driver may not have seen the garbage truck.
A backpack was recovered from the crushed vehicle with homework inside that police said indicates the teen was a student from Challenger High School.
Police said it appears he may have been hurrying to school.
He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and is undergoing surgery.
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