Medina man witnesses semi crash, jumps to action

9:45 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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MEDINA, Minn. - Magazine editor Rob Johnstone was holding a meeting in his second floor office Tuesday when he witnessed two semi trucks collide.

"Out of the corner of my eye I saw these two trucks bump together," says Johnstone. "They weren't going fast."

The two semis crashed head-on at the intersection of Highway 55 and Willow Drive.

A former medic in the Navy, Johnstone went outside to check it out and that's when he discovered one man's injuries were much more severe than the crash suggested.

"He was completely ash and grey. It was clear he wasn't doing well at all."

The driver of the red semi suffered an apparent heart attack behind the wheel.

Johnstone immediately began CPR. After a few minutes police arrived and using their defibrillator, Rob continued compressions.

"And then the guy took a breath shortly after," says Johnstone. "Still no pulse, but then a few more compressions and all of the sudden there was a heartbeat."

During his time in the Navy Rob gave CPR several times, but never had anyone survive.

As he watched the man loaded into a helicopter and airlifted to the hospital, he couldn't help but feel gratified.

"Both a policeman and a medic shook my hand and said you probably saved a guy's life today," says Johnstone.

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