Two emergency responders from Watertown might have prevented a woman in a traffic accident from suffocating late Friday night.
Justin Pietz and Gavin Pollert, of Watertown Fire and Rescue, were returning from transferring a patient to Fargo, N.D., when they saw an overturned pickup in the ditch, according to a release from Nick Swinhart, Watertown fire chief. The uninjured driver of the pickup, a male, was digging in the snow and told Pietz and Pollert that a female passenger had been buried by snow that had filled the pickup.
"Pietz and Pollert were eventually able to uncover (her) from approximately 2 feet of snow moments before she likely would have suffocated," according to the release.
Pietz and Pollert called Northeastern Ambulance Service of Rosholt, which also responded. Both patients were transported to the hospital in Sisseton.
The pickup was northbound. Pietz and Pollert were southbound and had to turn around to help with the crash. They were the first emergency responders on the scene, according to the release.