Hugh Franklin Head rescued Taylor A. and Amber N. Bryce from a runaway truck, Nacogdoches, Texas, September 17, 2000. Siblings Taylor, 4, and Amber, 2, were left unattended momentarily inside a pickup truck that was parked, its engine running, at a service station. When the truck, in reverse gear, began to back toward the adjacent four-lane highway, a service station customer, Head, 50, high school teacher, ran after it. He tried to open the front passenger door but found it locked. Running to the driver’s side and continuing alongside the vehicle as it picked up speed, Head opened the driver’s door, then dived partially into the truck and pressed the brake pedal, slowing the vehicle. When the left front tire of the pickup ran over Head’s right calf, Head was pulled from the truck to the pavement, and the truck came to a rest, the tire on Head’s left thigh. Another man who responded moved the truck to free Head. Taylor and Amber were not injured. Requiring hospital treatment, Head sustained abrasions and crush injury to his legs, and complications developed.
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