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July 9, 2014

Passerby frees delivery driver from tipped-over freight

Screams trigger quick response from man on lunch break

The quick response of a passerby led to the rescue of a trapped delivery driver outside of a Logansport store Wednesday afternoon.

Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said he responded to a call at about 1:20 p.m. today regarding screams for help near the Dollar General store on West Market Street in Logansport.

When he arrived, he said he found that a delivery driver of a Dollar General semi truck had been rescued from out from underneath a large crate filled with cases of bottled water that had tipped over on top of him.

James Langdon II said he was walking back to work at Precision Cable Assemblies from a gas station in the area on his lunch break when he heard a "terrible scream" for help. He said he then took off running toward the scream as fast as he could.

When he arrived at the Dollar General semi truck, he said he found the bottom half of the driver's body pinned underneath the crate of water cases.

"It was the craziest thing I've ever seen," Langdon said.

A Dollar General employee was attempting to lift the crate off of the driver, Langdon continued. When Langdon gave it a try, he said he was able to lift it just high enough for the driver to roll out from underneath.

"I could barely lift it," he said, going on to guess that it weighed about 200 pounds. Then, with a laugh, he added, "He's lucky, because I'm not the world's biggest guy."

That wasn't the end of the driver's luck. Langdon happened to take his lunch break 30 minutes later than he normally does, placing him in the area shortly after the incident occurred.

"I was really wanting to help the guy out," Langdon said. "I felt bad for him because of the way he was screaming. I was thinking, 'Man, I got to get this thing off of him.' I didn't really think about it, I just kind of went with it. There was no time to think. I'm just thankful he's okay."

Management at Dollar General declined to comment.

Cass County Fire District and Rural/Metro ambulance service also responded, Pryor said. He did not get the name of the driver, but said he did not sustain any serious injuries.

"He seemed to be okay," Pryor said. "He continued to do his job."

Reach Mitchell Kirk at or 574-732-5130

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