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MILWAUKEE -- A pickup truck drives down a steep embankment on Milwaukee south side -- and two passersby come to the rescue. It all unfolded near Highway 794 and Oklahoma Avenue late on Thursday, September 1st.

"We ended up backing up and then rushing up to the crash site," said Brennan Balestrieri.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

The passenger and driver in the truck were pinned and could not get out. That is when Balestrieri and another passerby went to work.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

"I was starting to kick at the windshield with another gentleman," Balestrieri said. "We were able to remove the windshield and pull the passenger out. But unfortunately, me and a few other bystanders were unable to get the driver out."

With the passenger safe, Balestrieri and others tried to get the driver out safely.

"I did try to wrench the door off of the driver, but he was completely wedged into the door," Balestrieri said. "The passenger kept saying please help my brother."

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

Finally, firefighters would be able to free the driver.

"I tried moving the seat forward and back. I tried moving the seat up and down," Balestrieri said.

Balestrieri said the passenger seemed to have minor injuries. The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Rescuers went their separate ways and left knowing they helped two brothers who couldn't help themselves.

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies were on the scene helping with the crash. There is no word yet on what caused the wreck.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

Rollover crash at Hwy 794 & Oklahoma Ave.

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2 comments

  • Crystal Ahles

    I was there that night n was extremely concerned for the driver due to the other citizens trying to remove him, his injury’s were completely unknown at that time but I did find out the driver was doing close to 95 MPH and lost control , I heard the crash from inside my house n looked at my fiancé and said ” I think someone just drove off the bridge ” so we got dressed and ran down there and I instantly knew. My fiancé seen this driver early in the day and told me he appeared to be drunk n was all over the road well hours later this accident happened n he said it was the same truck and looks just like the guy he seen. Another man that helped pull his brother out seen Modelo beer cans in the truck , what caught his eye was a stroller so he kept looking to see if a child was in the wreck and that’s when he came across the beer cans, I drive that street n right there all the time and I’m so blessed that nothing happened to any of my loved ones, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me

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