OTTAWA, KS (KCTV) -- Strangers at an Ottawa truck stop helped save the life of a truck driver suffering from a life-threatening injury.

On Monday morning, ambulance crews from Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, fire crews from Ottawa City Fire Department and officers from the Ottawa Police Department responded to Loves Truck Stop at 203 East 27th Street for a report of a medical emergency.

Police say a truck driver from California was injured while on the road and was suffering from severe, life-threatening bleeding when the drivers pick line had popped out of a vein in his arm.

Police say he was able to make it to the truck stop where Robert Thurlow, another driver from Bones Transportation, began to assist him.

“He was bleeding so much you knew there was something wrong. You couldn't mistake it,” Thurlow said.

According to police, Thurlow fashioned a makeshift tourniquet and was able to control the bleeding. He then helped the injured man into the store. Inside the store, employees began rendering first aid and helped take care of the man until emergency crews arrived.

“I grabbed a tie strap off the shelves, we wrapped his shirt around it and cinched it down,” Thurlow explained.

The injured driver was taken to an area hospital where he was stabilized.

"We can attest that citizens from our community saved the life of a man tonight. Our citizens did not care this man was from California. They did not care he was a stranger. They saw a person in need. They jumped in and saved his life," Ottawa police said in a Facebook post. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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