posted on March 18, 2016 13:37
For Immediate Release
On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at approximately 12:00 PM, a St. Louis County Police Officer assigned to the South County Precinct was dispatched to an auto crash with injuries that had just occurred on southbound Interstate 55 near the Union Rd exit. The police dispatcher advised a small red four door vehicle had struck the guardrail and was blocking the exit ramp to Union Rd. Additional information was obtained that the driver was driving on the shoulder of the highway before the vehicle struck the guardrail. Paramedics were also dispatched to the scene.
When the officer arrived on scene, a second St. Louis County Police Officer, who was already on scene, was retrieving a CPR breathing mask.
Both officers ran to the driver's door of the wrecked vehicle where they observed the male driver, 42 years of age, still sitting in the driver's seat. The driver’s skin was beginning to turn blue, his eyes were closed, and he was sweating profusely. Based on the damage to the car it did not initially appear as if the driver’s condition was caused by his crash. The officers were unable to detect a pulse and extracted the driver from the vehicle to begin CPR.
The officers quickly realized the victim’s symptoms were consistent with an opiate overdose due to the training they had recently received. The officers then administered 1 mg of Naloxone in each of the victim’s nostrils.
Shortly after administering the Naloxone, the victim’s pulse began to rise. The officers continued to monitor the victim’s vital signs until Affton Fire Protection District Paramedics arrived and continued treatment. The victim was transported to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.