NHP body cam shows citizen rescue of pinned motorcyclist

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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- The Nevada Highway Patrol released body camera video Wednesday of citizens helping a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper rescue a motorcyclist trapped under a sports utility vehicle.

A screenshot of a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper body camera video showing the rescue of a trapped motorcyclist on Interstate 80.

The crash happened Tuesday about 5:56 p.m. on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 just past Interstate 580 near the Prater Way exit.

The NHP said the preliminary investigation shows the driver of a 2010 Honda motorcycle made an unsafe lane change and hit the back of a 2015 GMC pickup truck. Both the motorcycle driver and the passenger were ejected from the motorcycle and the driver slid under a 2001 Ford Escape in the next lane, the NHP said.

The driver remained trapped under the Escape until Good Samaritans lifted the front of the Escape and an NHP trooper pulled him to safety.
Both the motorcycle driver and passenger were taken to the hospital with injuries the NHP described as not life-threatening.

“The Nevada Highway Patrol would like to express their gratitude to the quick actions of the citizens that stopped to assist our Trooper,” the NHP said in a statement. “Their efforts were instrumental in preventing further injury to the trapped motorcycle driver.”

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