Off-duty EMT’s quick action possibly saved two lives in Roane County crash

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ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE)- Dakota Greiner and his fiance were driving home from a weekend in Pigeon Forge when they saw a truck crash on Interstate 40 on Sunday night.

Greiner, a trained emergency medical technician from Sparta, saw the truck rollover and catch on fire.

He jumped into action.

“I knew there was people in there. I didn’t know what I was going to find when I walked up there, but I was going to do what I could,” Greiner said.

(Photo courtesy of Jamie Thurman)

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s accident report, Stephen Dodd, of Knoxville, was driving his truck on I-40 westbound with Brittani Dodd, of Knoxville, in the passenger seat.

The report said that Dodd was merging into another lane around mile marker 343 when the truck hydroplaned.

Dodd reportedly lost control, spun off the right side of the road and hit an embankment, causing the truck to roll over.

Shortly after the truck stopped on its top, the engine started to catch fire.

Greiner said he used his pocket knife to cut the driver out of his seat belt.

He and another man helped Stephen Dodd, who was unconscious at the time, out of the truck.

Greiner said the truck was still on fire, and that was his next task at hand.

“I had looked over my shoulder and somebody was holding a fire extinguisher. I walked over there and grabbed a hold of it and walked around to the passenger side and I just sprayed where the fire was coming from,” Greiner said.

He said another man was helping Brittani Dodd out of the truck while he was extinguishing the fire.

Greiner’s fiance, Jamie Thurman, posted on Facebook after the incident, saying Greiner put out the fire and pulled one of the people out before law enforcement arrived.

Greiner also posted on Facebook after the incident, saying he was thankful to the other drivers who also stopped to help.

Greiner said he lost his watch and possibly a good pair of shoes, but said it was all worth it to see the couple in the truck awake and talking after they were pulled out.

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