Maryland inspection team saves life of truck driver

There is at least one truck driver who is thanking, not complaining about, a commercial vehicle inspection team.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 27, a man dashed into the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division weigh and inspection facility on I-68 in Finzel, Maryland and told the inspectors there was a man down in the parking lot.

WCBC in Cumberland, Maryland reports that Master Trooper Keith Stakem, Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspectors Keith Comer and Clint Snyder, and Cadet Lawrence Cosgrove, found a 57-year-old Missouri man who was not breathing and had no detectable pulse. It turns out the driver they had just inspect had a heart attack walking back to his truck.

Stakem and Comer used the facility’s automated external defibrillator and began CPR.  The man, who was not identified by authorities, resumed breathing on his own and was transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland.

Troopers said the driver appeared fine during the standard North American Standard Commercial Vehicle Level III inspection, which he passed with no violations.