Bakersfield good Samaritan: 'Instinct' sprung actions to help victims of Kern Canyon crash

Driver suffers moderate injuries

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A good Samaritan came to the rescue this morning moments after a truck plunged over the side of the canyon.

The California Highway Patrol said at about 7:30 a.m., on Monday, a delivery truck with an Ace Hardware logo drove over the side of the canyon on Highway 178, but before emergency crews could arrive, Ed Funk already scrambled down the hillside.

"[I] just saw the truck down there and the passenger yelled for us to come and help him," said Funk.  "So we ran down there and pulled the driver out."

Funk said instinct sprung him into action.

Several county and city fire crews arrived and CHP shut down the freeway while the crews decided to do a low angle rope rescue.

The driver was taken to the hospital for moderate injuries.  The area where he lost control did not have guardrails.


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