NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two men rescued a dump truck driver after he crashed the truck into the woods off I-526 near the Paramount Avenue on-ramp Friday morning.
It was about 7 a.m. and Jonathon Long was on his way to work, Chucktown Fitness, when he heard a loud noise coming from behind as he was getting on the interstate.
"I was like what's going on and all of the sudden the guard rail gave way and it ended and then I stopped," Long said.
What he heard was the dump truck driver losing control. The driver swiped in front of Long. When the truck stopped, Long did too so he could get out to help.
"I didn't even think twice, I just threw the car in park and jumped out," Long said.
The area along I-526 was all woods until that dump truck came through. It made it a challenge to get to the driver. Long said he had to push through the trees and branches.
The other man that stopped to help jumped over the truck to help get the driver out.
Long is a physical trainer. His strength and agility was an asset during his quick response.
"I had no problem at all jumping up getting around the stuff prying the door open of an 18-wheeler that was on it's side tilted over and everything," Long said.
The building the truck hit is supported by iron beams, protecting it from that impact. The AC units outside the building were smashed, but the windows weren't broken. The bricks on the building seemed to have minor cracks.
"I was asking if he knew where he was if he knew what hat happened and he kept just saying I need my cell phone I need to call my wife," Long said.
The driver talked to his wife from Long's cellphone to let her know he was okay.
"If anybody is in a situation like that, do everything you can to help somebody because you never know if you were in that situation and what if nobody helped you," Long said.
This wasn't the only time Long has rescued someone from a car crash, the first time was when he was 15 years old.
The truck driver wanted to meet his rescuer so they will be uniting again on Saturday. Long was very happy to know the driver was going to be okay.
The truck driver is at MUSC and he is expected to make a full recovery. Officials have not released the cause of the incident.