Rodney Jones Sr. is a humble, God-fearing driver, and he showed that utmost compassion and dedication to serving others when he jumped out and helped with the rescue of a fellow driver. He’s a local hero today, and deserves equal amounts of appreciation. The rescue occurred on Wednesday, November 16th in Kenton County, Kentucky.
The I-71/I-75/I-275 interchange in Erlanger, Kentucky is the scene for this incident
Jones was driving from the Cincinnati Airport on his normal route when he came upon the crash which had just happened. He pulled his rig over onto the shoulder of the ramp to check on the people in the two tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles.
One driver was already out of his truck, but was in a daze leaning against it. The other driver was not as fortunate, pinned by the steering column and losing feeling in his leg.
Jones then tried to pull the driver’s side door open, but it was crushed shut. He and another man then ran to the passenger side and Jones used a tool the other man had brought from his car to smash the window open.
The pair tried to open that door, but it was too damaged to open as well. They waited for first responders from Crescent Springs, Erlanger and Florence who arrived shortly after.
Once the first responders arrived, they started working to rescue the man from the truck. Meanwhile, Jones used his truck to direct traffic and shield the crash scene.
EMS transported the driver to a local hospital after two hours of work cutting away the damaged truck enough to extract him. Jones stayed, helping divert traffic around the rescue area by blocking the occupied lanes with his truck and trailer.
Rodney Jones Sr. is a perfect example of how a professional driver should handle what could have been a tragic set of events. Checking on victims, taking action if needed to ensure life, and assisting first responders are fine examples of why drivers like Jones should be recognized by his peers.