Hawaii Governor - who is also a doctor - stops after spotting overturned ... trends now
Hawaii's governor used his experience as a physician to help a man trapped in an overturned vehicle Thursday - after spotting the upside-down car while on his way to a speaking event.
Josh Green, 53, was photographed on his hands and knees taking part in the impromptu rescue - which transpired in the middle of a lava field off Waikoloa Road in Hawaii’s South Kohala District.
The area where the crash occurred - a winding stretch between Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Waikoloa Village - has already sparked concern in the past over high number of traffic accidents.
Recounting the ordeal to local news outlets, Green described how he selflessly sprang into action within minutes of his bodyguards spotting the wreck - which he said occurred after the car was 'launched about 50 to 60 feet' in midair.
Revealing the man was still trapped in the vehicle at the time, Green - who spent years working in emergency rooms before becoming Hawaii's ninth governor this past August - recalled how he and others removed 'a lot' of rock before they were able to free the man, and eventually walk him to an ambulance shortly after.
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Josh Green, seen bending down in the middle of the frame, got on his hands and knees taking part in the impromptu rescue - which transpired in the middle of a lava field off Waikoloa Road
Green, who before becoming the state's ninth governor worked as an emergency room doctor on Hawaii's Big Island, is seen walking the unidentified victim - who he said only sustained cuts and bruises despite being launch '50 to 60 feet in the air' to an ambulance after freeing him
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'He was upside down in a totally smashed up van,' Green told Hawaii News Now of the driver, who has yet to be identified.
'It appears he launched about 50 to 60 feet into the air and into the gulch, so his car was destroyed,' the former physician added of how the crash occurred, and how he and others were on the scene well