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Posted on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 : 10:25 a.m.

Illinois man rushed to hospital after dramatic crash, rescue near Michigan Stadium

By Sven Gustafson

A 61 year-old Illinois man who suffered a medical emergency at the wheel was rushed to the University of Michigan Hospital Saturday after bystanders pulled him from his vehicle and began administering CPR.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Sunnyside and 7th Street, near Michigan Stadium. The man, who hails from Woodstock, Ill., was driving his daughter, 31, when he suffered a medical emergency — possibly a heart attack — at the wheel, said Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Mike Scherba.

After his vehicle struck a tree, bystanders in the area — including an off-duty firefighter and a physician — helped pull the man from the vehicle and began administering CPR. Fire rescue personnel then arrived and took over CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to restore breathing and a pulse, Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Robert Vogel said.

Scherba said the man's daughter took the wheel and directed the vehicle into a tree to stop it after noticing her father's emergency.

"We've got the (Michigan-Northwestern) game letting out and how many thousands of people in the area. Probably a good call on her part," Scherba said.

The victim was taken to the U-M emergency room.

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Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 5:10 a.m.

He traveled from Illinois to watch the Northwestern vs Michigan game. I Salute him! Great NW Fan! Crossing my fingers for his recovery! And Thanks to the quick thinking of his daughter, her NW fan dad is gonna pull thru this! (also, Thanks to AA FD!).


Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 12:47 a.m.

Lots of heroes in this story. Hope this man is ok. Prayers for all.


Sun, Nov 11, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.

"... the man's daughter took the wheel and directed the vehicle into a tree to stop it..." Profiles in Courage.

Fat Bill

Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 11:02 a.m.

I will second that. Talk about keeping a cool head in an emergency.