Matthew Chew Jriyasetapong, 32, critically injured after his car hits semi-truck, falls into canal off of Jefferson Boulevard near Clarksburg, CA

Modified Date: 
Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:04am
Accident Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015

Man rescued from ditch after crash

The Jaws of Life were needed to rescue a driver from his pickup truck Friday morning after a traffic accident landed him in a watery ditch.

Passing fire chief helps save man who crashed into canal

Welch continued to hold Jriyasetapong's head up from the back seat as Courtland volunteer firefighters arrived and went to work.
32-year-old Matthew Chew Jriyasetapong was headed south on Jefferson Boulevard in a pickup truck at about 9:00 a.m., when he for some reason slowly veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a northbound semi-truck. The crash sent Jriyasetapong's mangled pickup truck into a roadside canal. It was then that volunteer fireman Dave Welch happened to see the wrecked vehicle in the water as he drove by. He quickly got out to assist Jriyasetapong, who was trapped in the vehicle, and prevented him from drowning until repsonders could free him. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. The truck driver was uninjured.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Matthew Chew Jriyasetapong

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