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Off-duty Fire Inspector rescues two in Moultrie crash

Crews work to clean up debris in Moultrie crash. Crews work to clean up debris in Moultrie crash.
Klause said he couldn't have done it alone. Klause said he couldn't have done it alone.
A Mayfield truck was turned on its side in the crash. A Mayfield truck was turned on its side in the crash.
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Authorities have released new details on a three truck pileup that injured three people Monday morning in Moultrie.

One of the injured drivers remains in critical condition at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville.

State troopers cited 35-year-old Kendrick Brown with running a red light. He was driving south on Highway 35.

Officials said he swerved into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Highway 133 and hit two other trucks driven by 30-year-old Crystal Ann Hutchins and 29-year-old Dexter Newton.

On Monday morning Fire Inspector Chip Klause had the day off due to a knee injury. While driving home from running an errand, he had no idea he would have to put his emergency skills to work.

Just feet away from him, he saw chunks of glass and metal scattered across the road from a three truck wreck.

"Even with my knee injury I knew what I had to do," said Klause.

With no hesitation Klause rushed over to the drivers.

"When she heard my voice she raised her hands up out of the smoke and I grabbed them and pulled her up," recalls Klause.

He took her over to a few bystanders, then quickly moved on to the next driver who was pinned upside down hanging from his seat belt.

"I hollered for a knife to be able to cut through the safety belt and a by passer handed me one through the window and [I] was able to cut the safety belt and got him in position, opened his airways and then he started breathing on me," said Klause.

It was all just in time for the Moultrie Fire Department, ambulance and Life-flight to arrive. Klause said he couldn't have done it alone.

"[It was] all teamwork, no one person can make a scene happen, said Klause. "And it's just like any other fireman in the nation. They would have done the same thing I did. It's what our job is and it's what we do."

The victims' families say they are grateful for Klause's help.

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