Indiana State Trooper Ala’a Hamed responded to a personal injury crash and took decisive action, freeing a trapped woman and utilized an AED to rescuscitate her
December 9, 2018-An Indiana State Trooper’s decisive action after a crash on the Indiana Toll Road is credited with saving a woman’s life according to a release from the Indiana State Police. The incident occurred at the toll booth in Hammond, near the 1 mile marker. Trooper Hamed responded to a personal injury crash at approximately 9:19 p.m. ” Upon arriving he saw that a silver Buick SUV was against the toll booth with a female entrapped between the driver’s side and the booth” the report states.
Trooper Hamed was assisted by an unidentified bystander and a toll attendant as he move the vehicle, freeing the woman. The woman was unconscious and unresponsive with no pulse according to the statement. Trooper Hamed retrieved his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and utilized it on the woman. The AED advised that it could not rescuscitate the woman and to begin CPR. Trooper Hamed began CPR and Hammond EMS Personnel arrived. “While still hooked up to the AED and on the EMS stretcher the AED activated twice resuscitating her” the report continues.
The woman was taken to St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond and later airlifted to Christ Advocate Medical Center in Illinois with serious injuries according to the report. Her current condition is unknown and she was identified only as a 40 year old Oswego, Michigan resident.
According to Police, “Witness stated that the female had taken a long time to pay her toll (this area is an electronic toll where you can swipe a debit/credit card or pay cash). They saw her open her door to retrieve something that had fallen to the ground (later found to be the woman’s debit card). The woman put her leg out between her car (Buick) and the toll booth and continued looking at the ground. The Buick lurched forward and the woman became wedged between the open car door and the yellow waist high toll box that the toll gate is mounted to. A witness pushed the help button at the toll gate and tried to open the passenger door but it was locked. The woman at this time was awake and speaking but the car moved forward two more times each time wedging her further into the box.” Witnesses were able to get the car into park and a toll attendant and Trooper Hamed arrived and took over the rescue.
Since 2015, Bolt for the Heart has partnered with Indiana State Police with the goal of putting an AED in every patrol car in the state. An AED is a portable Automated External Defibrillator used to start someone’s heart in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Most victims need an electronic shock called defibrillation to restore the heart to a regular rhythm. By placing these devices in the hands of first responders and trained individulas in public locations we increase their chance of survival. You can learn more and support Bolt for the Heart by clicking here.