Heartland residents helped save man’s life by extinguishing truck fire after crash, deputies say

Deputies say the Freightliner struck an eastbound 2013 Ford F-150 head-on. Both vehicles came...
Deputies say the Freightliner struck an eastbound 2013 Ford F-150 head-on. Both vehicles came to a rest in a soybean field with the Freightliner turned over onto its right side, partially on top of the Ford.(Google Maps)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 8:45 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 12:30 PM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Deputies say some residents helped save a man’s life after crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and a pickup on Thursday evening, August 11.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Ricardo Castanedo of California, was going westbound on Blandville Road when it left the road on the right shoulder for unknown reasons, overcorrected and went into the eastbound lane of travel.

They say the Freightliner struck an eastbound 2013 Ford F-150 head-on. Both vehicles came to a rest in a soybean field with the Freightliner turned over onto its right side, partially on top of the Ford.

Deputies say a fire in the engine compartment of the Ford quickly spread to the passenger compartment.

They said residents in the area rushed to put out the fire with buckets, garden hoses and kiddie pools until first responders arrived with fire extinguishers.

The driver of the Ford, Kahl Fruge of Salem, Ky., was seriously injured in the crash and airlifted to an out-of-state hospital where deputies say he is currently in stable condition.

Castanedo was not injured, but did go to an area hospital as a precaution.

Blandville Road in the area of the crash was closed for about four hours.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Paducah Police Department, Concord Fire Department, McCracken County Department of Emergency Services, Mercy Regional Ambulance, Air Evac Lifeteam, Paducah Ford and Stinnett’s Towing.

Deputies sent special recognition to the residents in the area who helped save Fruge’s life with their “quick thinking and actions” to help put out the fire.

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