Joseph B. Hamblin rescued a woman from a runaway vehicle, St. George, Utah, March 31, 2016. The woman was in the driver’s seat of a pickup truck that was moving slowly and erratically on a four-lane highway through a commercial district. After striking a curb, the truck turned toward the center turning lane at about 15 m.p.h. Headed in the same direction in his vehicle, Hamblin, 36, unemployed truck driver, saw that the woman was slumped over in her seat. He pulled off the roadway and, despite wearing a medical boot because of recent foot surgery, ran onto the highway after the truck. Reaching its driver’s side, he stepped onto the running board and grabbed the steering wheel through the open window of the driver’s door. Hamblin guided the truck along the turning lane for more than 100 feet and then, as opposing traffic allowed, steered it across two lanes into a parking lot. There, he put the truck into park and helped a responding police officer remove the woman to the pavement, where they worked to revive her. The woman was taken to the hospital, and Hamblin, whose affected foot was bleeding heavily, also sought medical treatment. He recovered.
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