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Posted on: July 10, 2019

City employee courageously saves life of crash victim in burning vehicle

Crash scene on Cleburne Road on July 9, 2019

Please join us in recognizing a City of Spring Hill employee, along with four other community members, for their courageous, heroic efforts on Tuesday, July 9, that saved a man’s life.

On the morning of July 9, Chris Crumley, a utility inspector in the Spring Hill Public Works Department, was driving north on Cleburne Road toward Petty Lane when he came upon a severe traffic crash. A Chevy Tahoe SUV going south on Cleburne crashed head on into one of two dump trucks driving north in front of Chris. The SUV caught fire, and the doors of the crumpled vehicle were unable to be opened, trapping the badly injured driver behind the wheel. Chris sprang from his City vehicle, joined by other drivers on the scene, including the drivers of the two dump trucks, who used one of their dump trucks and a log chain to pull the jammed door from the SUV. Amid flames, the men then pulled the driver from the burning vehicle safely to the side of the road before the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. 

The driver was LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with critical injuries. The accident is still under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP). 

We would like to thank Chris Crumley in Public Works, along with the other drivers – for whom our Police Department has not yet received consent to publicly release their names at this time – for their heroic actions today that clearly saved the life of a trapped driver. And thank you to our Spring Hill Fire and Police Departments, Columbia Fire Department, Maury County Fire Department, and the T.H.P., for responding and taking control of this tragic scene. This is true public service!

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