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THP Trooper saves woman's life after deer crashes through windshield, punctures neck

(Fox 17 News)

A Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) trooper is being praised as a hero after he saved a woman's life after a deer crashed through her windshield and the antlers punctured her neck.

According to the THP, Trooper Russell Bernard responded to the crash on I-40 in Dickson on October 25th.

According to the THP, another car had struck the deer causing it to crash through the windshield of the woman's car. Upon arrival, the trooper noticed the woman was bleeding heavily from a large puncture wound on the left side of her neck. There was also a large hole just below the head rest in the driver's seat, caused by the antlers.

Trooper Bernard immediately applied pressure on the woman's wound to control the bleeding until EMS were able to respond. She was taken to Tri-Star Horizon and transfered to Skyline Hospital in Nashville for emergency surgery to her neck and artery.

"I haven't seen one specifically where the antlers had caused the injury, it was pretty easy to determine after looking, kind of surprising," Bernard said in a phone interview with Fox 17 News. "I wasn't expecting someone to be injured to the extent that the driver was. Now, I've just called up a couple of times just checking on her and seeing if I can offer any assistance with anything."

Thanks to his efforts and the work of first responders and doctors, the woman survived her injuries. THP Colonel Tracy Trott praised Trooper Bernard, saying “I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver. Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol."

“I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol. I am proud of the work we do every day to save lives on our Tennessee roadways.”

Meanwhile, Bernard says he's thankful he was in the right place at the right time to save the woman's life.

" That's what we are there for and sometimes we are the first ones on the scene, so we have to fall back on our training do those things until EMS arrive," Bernard explained. "Just glad that I could help."


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