Police credit helpers for saving crash victim




POTLACH, Idaho (AP) _ Police are crediting a passing motorists
with helping save the life of a Moscow man involved in a car crash
on U.S. Highway 95.

Investigators say 30-year-old John Balka is in critical
condition in a Spokane, Wash., hospital after losing control of his
car near Potlatch Monday night. Balka was ejected from the vehicle
and his legs were severed in the crash.

Idaho State Police Trooper Chad Montgomery says the first people
to arrive at the crash scene applied tourniquets that may have
helped save Balka's life.

Montgomery did not identify the good Samaritans, but tells the
Lewiston Tribune that one of them is a sports medicine specialist.

Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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