Howard R. Talbott helped attempt to save Deborah C. Whiteman from being struck by a moving vehicle, Wiley Ford, West Virginia, January 14, 2004. Whiteman, 50, was trapped inside her pickup truck, which overturned onto its passenger side during a skidding accident on a snowy night. The truck lay partially on one of the highway lanes. Driving on the same highway, Talbott, 61, came upon the scene. He went to a point alongside the roof of the truck, where another responding motorist opened the truck’s driver’s door. As the men worked to free Whiteman, who emerged head first through the driver’s doorway, a rollback truck approached in the same lane. The other motorist shouted a warning, then dived to the side of the highway. The rollback truck struck Whiteman’s pickup, knocking it onto its roof. Whiteman was aided from the wreckage and taken to the hospital, where she was treated for bruises. She recovered. Talbott was seriously injured in the accident and required six days’ hospitalization for treatment, including surgery.
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