Heroic truckers asked to come forward

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — An Alberta think-tank is calling on Good Samaritans who have helped out at car crash sites to come forward and help participate in a new study.

The Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research, the Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities, the Alberta Motor Association and St. John’s Ambulance are all working together on the study, which will reveal the importance of first aid in the crash scenarios.

Ryan Deedo, University of Alberta medical student and research assistant, says that anyone who came upon a vehicle crash and took the time to help out should come forward.

"We want to talk to people about their experiences and what they did so we get a better understanding of what the average person does when they arrive at the scene of a crash," Deedo tells local media. "There may be areas where people need more training or have ideas that need to be corrected through first aid courses or a public awareness campaign."

Interviews will take place until the end of August, and truckers are expected to play an important role since they are often the first on the accident scene.

To share an experience with the think-tank, call 780-402-2818.

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