NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man remains in the hospital in critical condition after his “wrecker” tow truck blew a tire and drove off I-95 northbound Friday.
The flatbed tow truck driver, John Martins, 52, had just responded to a crash involving a bus driving off I-95 north in Groton, Conn., Connecticut State Police said Monday. The tire blowout forced him to lose control of the vehicle, which went off the roadway to the left, hitting a rope metal guardrail and traveling down a 1000-foot embankment in the interstate center median, hitting a tree at the bottom and catching fire.
Several Good Samaritans stopped and rushed to help Martins, pulling him out of the fully-engulfed truckand giving him first aid.
A medical helicopter from Lifestar landed on the highway and rushed Martins to Rhode Island Hospital.
A representative from Lifespan said Monday afternoon Martins remained in critical condition.
The Connecticut State Police commended the Good Samaritans for their bravery and courage in helping to get Martins to safety: Craig Johnson of New London, Conn., Leticia Orozco of East Lyme, Conn., Gerard Richardson of New Jersey, Sherry Balcher of Westbrook, Conn., Matthew Easton of New Jersey, Jamie Thomas of Colorado and Abernathy Brown of New Jersey.
Anyone who saw the accident is asked to call Connecticut State Police at (860) 848-6500.