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Belleville crash victim fights with rescue workers

The driver regained consciousness after the crash and then fought with his rescuers, officials said.
The driver regained consciousness after the crash and then fought with his rescuers, officials said. BND / Illustration

A seizure is blamed for a Thursday morning crash in Belleville, as well as the ensuing fight between the victim and rescue workers.

According to fire department reports, at about 10:45 a.m. a driver of a Ford pickup truck suffered a seizure while driving in the 200 block of South 17th Street.

“The driver suffered a medical emergency,” Belleville Fire Department Chief Tom Pour said. “We don’t know what, exactly, brought it on. But it resulted in a seizure.”

The motorist lost control of his vehicle which came to a rest against a retaining wall after running over a sign. It was still running and in drive, wedged up against the wall when help arrived.

Firefighters were attempting to pull the man, whose name was not released by authorities, from the vehicle when he suddenly regained consciousness and began to fight with his rescuers.

Witnesses said it took several firefighters, police officers and paramedics to wrestle the victim down to the ground so he could be put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.

“It’s not unusual for a seizure victim or a head injury victim to become combative,” Pour said. “You never know what to expect when you arrive at the scene of an accident.”

No information about the driver’s condition was immediately available. Pour said no rescue workers were injured.

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