A Bowling Green man who was trying to help after a vehicle crash last month in the city has had part of his leg amputated.
According to a Sunday update posted on a GoFundMe page, Bruce Trout had a below-knee amputation.
“He’s doing so much better because of it. He has another surgery Monday (today) to determine if he will need an above knee amputation,” wrote his wife, Andrea.
“He still has multiple surgeries ahead of him but they are hoping to get him out of the SICU (surgical intensive care unit) today and into a normal recovery room for now.”
Andrea was due to give birth on Sunday.
“They are hopeful that Bruce will be able to be with me when I give birth,” she wrote on Sunday. “He is already on the road to recovery and has started physical therapy. We are so thankful appreciate all the prayers and support during this difficult time.”
Trout, 32, stopped to help with a crash on Nov. 22 at U.S. 6 and Ohio 25.
He was trying to assist at the 6:25 a.m. crash scene when he was reportedly struck by another vehicle.
According to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office crash report, Israel Reyes, Bowling Green, driving a 2013 Chevrolet, was stopped at a stop sign at Route 25 from the off ramp on Route 6. Reyes then turned right onto Route 25 and was struck by Anthony Johnson, 49, Bowling Green, driving a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer, which was southbound on Route 25.
Reyes’ vehicle was pushed off the right side of the road and Johnson’s vehicle came to rest on its roof in the northbound lane.
Trout and another driver, Morgan Boggs, 24, Cygnet, stopped to assist at the crash scene.
James Merwin, 18, Rudolph, was northbound on Route 25 in the right lane in a 2009 Ford Focus. When he saw flashing hazard lights, he switched into the left lane. He saw the flipped vehicle and attempted to stop, went into a skid and crashed into Johnson’s Blazer. The Focus then struck Boggs and Trout, knocking them into the grass median.
Both drivers in the first crash had minor injuries and were transported to Wood County Hospital.
Reyes, 34, was cited for failing to yield at a stop sign.
As of Monday afternoon, $45,595 of a $50,000 goal had been raised for the Trout family.
For more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/pleas-help-support-andrea-and-bruce-trout?