by: Scott McCaulley
A Paramedic Crew from the Taney County Ambulance District was at the right place at the right time in helping get a driver out of a burning vehicle when it crashed on Highway 65 late Friday night.
According to a post on the TCAD Facebook Page, Paramedics Shea Lathrum and Brandon Busch were returning to Taney County, from an out of county transport when they observed the crash of the vehicle going northbound on Highway 65 north of Saddlebrooke in Christian County . The paramedics turned around as quickly as possible and called for help. When they arrived on the scene, they found the vehicle heavily damaged and on fire with the driver trapped. Lathrum and Busch were able to get the driver out of the vehicle before it became fully engulfed.
While no information on the driver of the vehicle was available on the release from TCAD but a Missouri State Highway Patrol report indicates the victim of the crash was 64-year-old Clemens Przybylski of Branson who was taken for treatment of his injuries to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.
The full release from the Taney County Ambulance District is below:
A TCAD Paramedic crew witnessed a vehicle accident and rescued the driver from a burning vehicle.
Hollister, Missouri, 12/21/2020 – On Friday, December 18th, TCAD Paramedics Shea Lathrum and Brandon Busch were returning to Taney County, from an out of county transport, when they observed a motor vehicle accident on US Hwy 65 in Christian County near Saddlebrooke. The paramedics were traveling southbound, when they witnessed a vehicle impact the rock bluff, at highway speed, in the northbound lanes. Immediately after witnessing the accident, the paramedics requested assistance from the jurisdictions having authority.
Because of the terrain, the paramedics had to travel about a mile further south to find a safe place to turn around and return to the accident scene. When they arrived back at the accident scene, the paramedics found a heavily damaged vehicle, on fire, with the unconscious driver still inside. Paramedics Lathrum and Busch deployed fire extinguishers to slow the spread of the fire. The paramedics were then able to pry the drivers side door open and get the patient out. Within a few seconds of getting the patient out, the vehicle was fully involved in fire.
The patient had critical injuries and was transported to an emergency trauma center in Springfield, Missouri. No further information about the patient or injuries sustained in the accident are available. TCAD Paramedics is proud to have paramedics like Shea and Brandon who are willing to put the life of a stranger above their own safety. The quick actions of these paramedics undoubtedly saved this patient life.
TCAD Paramedics thanks the Christian County Ambulance District, Highlandville Fire Department, Christian County Sheriffs Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol all of whom responded to the accident.