Boy Scout saves a life after tanker truck explosion


GUTHRIE, Oklahoma – A horrific crash scene in Oklahoma could have been much worse, if not for a Kansas man.

Last Friday, two trucks collided and triggered an explosion that killed one of the drivers.

The horrific accident could have ended with an even more tragic story, if it weren’t for the actions of a Wichita man.

Turner Lagpacan was a long-time Boy Scout and now a trained EMT. That training helped him save the life of a man who had tried to stop and help at a fiery crash scene.

It was a regular trip to Wichita from Oklahoma City that forced him into action. Turner is a trained EMT with specialty medic classes, who happened to have a med bag with him.

“I passed this semi that was trying to get over to the right side, and it couldn’t quite make it over,” said Turner. “I was able to get around it safely, and so were a couple other motorists. I got about 2 football fields ahead of it and I looked back and all I saw was a fireball.”

“The driver was trying to get to the shoulder when it was struck by the semi that was in the median,” reported an Oklahoma State Trooper.

Photo of the aftermath

Turner said it it was instinct that made him turn around.

“I’ve taken fire classes up at Hutch, I’ve been an EMT for about 5 years now. It was just instinct,” said Turner.

Turner described the blazing scene in detail.

“The cab, the engine compartment was completely on fire. I could see the driver from the waist up, he’s in the cab still, he’s still alive. People were pretty out of it right then,” said Turner.

“We had an individual that stopped to assist and as he was coming up to the scene apparently the fuel truck exploded and some of the debris from that explosion caused injuries to that individual,” reported the Trooper.

“Some sort of shrapnel came off the bottom of the tanker and hit him in the leg. We were able to get him dragged to safety on the other side of the hill right there, and we were able to put a tourniquet on his leg, stop that bleeding on his arteries,” said Turner. “I was able to pack that wound with full combat gauze, and in the words of his vascular surgeon, that’s probably what saved his leg and his life.”

“I don’t know how I’m alive right now. I don’t know how the driver was alive. Absolutely I would do it again. It’s the right thing to do.”

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