State trooper saves bleeding driver from antler wound

Published: Nov. 9, 2017 at 10:46 PM EST
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On Oct. 25, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Bernard was dispatched to a crash involving a vehicle that had struck a deer. When he arrived on the scene, he found the driver bleeding heavily from a large wound on the left side of her neck.

Bernard determined that the deer came through the windshield of the driver's vehicle after it was struck by a different vehicle. When the deer crashed through the windshield, the antlers punctured the driver's neck, as well as the driver's seat.

"I commend Trooper Bernard for taking swift action to save the life of the injured driver," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. "Trooper Bernard was able to apply his cadet training and respond quickly using the proper technique and protocol. I am proud of the work we do every day to save lives on our Tennessee roadways."

Bernard controlled the driver's bleeding by holding pressure on the wound until emergency medical responders arrived on scene. The driver was immediately taken to Tri-Star Horizon in Dickson and later flown to Skyline Hospital in Nashville.

The driver's injuries to the neck and artery required emergency surgery.