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I-80 crash responders honored by mayor, BBB


Published: Sat, July 10, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The daughter of a couple — Bryan and Dorothy Treible of Pierceton, Ind. — who suffered serious injuries in a May 25 car accident says she and her parents are overwhelmed by the hospitality and generosity given by those in the Mahoning Valley.

“We don’t know anyone from the Youngstown area, but you took my parents and made them two of your own,” Wendy Parker, daughter of the Treibles, told The Vindicator from her home in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday.

The Better Business Bureau of Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties and Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams on Friday honored some of the people who helped the Treibles after the crash.

“It is great when people do things as wonderful as this,” said Patricia B. Rose, president of the local BBB.

The Treibles were on Interstate 80 in Liberty on their way to New York from Indiana when Bryan, 70, the driver, lost control of his pickup truck when he changed lanes and a camping trailer it was towing swayed. The trailer separated from the truck, and the truck went off the road, hit a guardrail and overturned in an embankment.

Bryan suffered four broken ribs and many lacerations.

His wife, Dorothy, 71, had severe injuries to her arm and neck as well as numerous cuts.

First on the scene was Brad Cunningham, a registered nurse, who called 911 and provided assistance to the couple before an ambulance arrived.

“I did what I’d want done for me in that situation,” he said. “I knew they needed help pretty badly. I’m thankful that Mr. and Mrs. Treible are fine and they’re on the road to recovery.”

Baker called Cunningham “an angel to my mom and dad. I believe my mom would have bled to death” without his help.

Also, employees with Sorice Towing of Girard went back to the accident scene to recover the couple’s belongings including their cell phone, credit cards and pictures.

Employees at the Lens- Crafters in Boardman provided new prescription glasses for Dorothy free, and workers at St. Elizabeth Health Center went out of their way to help the couple, Baker said.

“It’s a miracle they’re alive, and it’s because of the generosity of the people in the Youngstown area,” she said.

Baker’s father is recovering at home, and her mother will be released July 13 from a physical-rehabilitation facility.


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