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Semi-truck crashes into I-15 side barrier after driver suffers heart attack while driving

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A semi-truck driver crashed into a concrete barrier on Interstate-15 after suffering a heart attack while behind the wheel.{ } (Photo: UHP / Twitter)

A semi-truck driver crashed into a concrete barrier on Interstate-15 after suffering a heart attack while behind the wheel.

Utah Highway Patrol said the incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, southbound at 2700 South and I-15.

The truck spilled fuel from the collision with the side barrier.

“The accident happened right in front of me," Justin Letizia, said. He's an athletic trainer with Intermountain Healthcare and happened to be driving by when the semi swerved. Letizia checked on the 72-year-old driver, he found he was unconscious. He said he could tell something was medically wrong with the man.

“I’m not the type of person to just drive by and hope someone else would take care of it,” he said.

Letizia and other witnesses pulled the man out of the semi. That's when two off-duty Provo police officers arrived. Together, they took turns performing CPR.

“It was the whole group of us with the officers that did CPR, so I don’t feel like it was just me by any means. It was a group effort,” he said.

The driver was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. He was breathing and stable but it is unknown how much damage his heart sustained.

“Really hope he pulls through and can continue on with his life,” Letizia said.

The man's name has not been released by officials at this time.

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