Excerpts from wgntv.com:

Frank Visconti and a friend were heading to the hospital last week for blood work. They were southbound on I-294 near Willow Road when just a few feet in front of them, they saw debris flying and traffic come to a halt. As he drove by the crash, he felt compelled to pull over and aid a woman who some thought was dead. The car driven by Kim Huguelet slammed into the back of the semi and trapped her inside.

“To see the vehicle and the condition it was in, I thought maybe it was going to be a fatality,” Visconti said. “But when she looked up at me, that was it.”

Visconti, a former a paid on-call firefighter in Knollwood, used his training from years ago.

“I just crawled into the vehicle and started pulling pieces of the dashboard off of her,” he said. “I observed her head had a really big cut and I just put pressure on her head and stopped the bleeding as much as I could.

Visconti continued to talk to Huguelet and tried to keep her calm and awake until the fire department.

Huguelet is recovering at Lutheran General Hospital and Visconti visits regularly, calls daily, and expects to throw a big party for her when she recovers.

Her family said she’s not out of the woods yet. She’s had a couple of surgeries. They are hopeful, but doctors are taking it day by day. They wanted to bring attention to Visconti ‘s heroic actions.

thanks Evan

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