A Boone County firefighter was nearly killed when he responded to an accident on Interstate 70 on Tuesday.
Lieutenant Stephen Dunkin said an 18-wheeler packs a pretty good punch.
Dunkin said itâ??s a miracle heâ??s alive.
Dunkin said, â??I put my vehicle in park and started talking on the radio to tell everybody what we had. I put the radio back on the clip and looked in my rear view mirror, as I was trained, before I got out. I saw a semi coming sideways at me. There wasn't much else to do except for brace for impact. The semi hit me in the rear of the vehicle, spun me around and pushed me through the median. I went through the cables. About that time, he made into the median and hit me in the front end again.â??
Dunkin said accidents like his would not happen if people would stay off the roads during no travel advisories. He said if you must be on the road, slow down when approaching an accident.
Dunkin has had several close calls during his career. Heâ??s more comfortable walking into a burning building than standing on the shoulder of the highway during an accident.
Dunkin said, â??We can train for fire behavior. We can train for whatâ??s going to happen with the building construction, but I canâ??t do anything for other people. Thatâ??s a wild card that I canâ??t fix. The highway is much more scary to me.â??
Dunkin said if he hadnâ??t followed his training automatically, heâ??s sure things would have ended much worse.
Dunkin said heâ??s sore, but O.K.