Trucker praised for efforts to save crash victim

WOODSTOCK, ON – An Ontario truck driver is being praised for efforts to revive an 11-year-old girl pulled from a car wreck on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Feyen, a driver for DeJong Enterprises Inc., of Norwich, Ont., was off duty when he came upon the crash.

He stopped to see if he could help and was directed to an SUV that had come to rest in the ditch beside the road. Inside, two adults were injured and unable to get out. They urged them to help their 11-year-old daughter in the back seat.

With the help of another man who had stopped at the scene, Feyen pulled the little girl out and started CPR. It was the first time he’d had to use the skill he’d learned years ago.

He continued until paramedics arrived on the scene and she was taken to hospital where she died.

Police identified her as Abbygale Fleet of Norwich Twp.

The SUV she’d been traveling in was heading eastbound on Norwich Rd. between Middletown Line and County Rd. 13, when a westbound car went out of control and collided with the SUV. Six other people – four from the SUV, two from the car – had non-life threatening injuries.

As a trucker, Feyen said he sees his share of road accidents.

“I will stop when I think I can be of some help,” he said. “Of the accidents I’ve stopped at to help, this was the worst. This ended in a fatality.”

Being the father of six children – including an 11-year-old – he knew had to do whatever he could to help.

“There have been some comments about heroic efforts. I’m not sure I see it that way. You’re there, you have to do something.”

You can read the first news report here.



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