A 21-year-old Boscobel man suffered serious head injuries when he crashed his pickup truck on Kiwanis Road sometime last Thursday, but it could have been much worse if not for the actions of a Boscobel rural mail carrier.
Sue Fry was delivering mail along Kiwanis Road east of Boscobel shortly after 10 a.m. when she spotted a 1998 Ford Ranger with heavy damage in the ditch line. Fry noticed that the air bags had deployed, but didn't initially see anyone on the truck. She then turned around to check the vehicle and found 21-year-old Noah M. Baumeister of Boscobel seriously injured inside the vehicle and called 911.
Fry is a first responder with Scott Township and held Baumeister's head up to assist his breathing.
"It was probably only ten minutes before the ambulance got there, but it seemed like half an hour," said Fry, who has been nominated by Postmaster Michaeleen Everson for a Local Heroes award through the U.S. Postal Service.
Upon investigation, Grant County deputies learned that Baumeister was traveling west on Kiwanis Road and went into the ditch on the north side of the road, skidding across the roadway into the tree lined ditch on the south side of the road, and striking several trees. He was not wearing his seatbelt. It is not known what time the crash occurred and deputies believe Baumeister was injured and in the vehicle for several hours.
Baumeister was extricated from his vehicle by the Boscobel Fire Department and transported to Boscobel Area Health Care by the Boscobel Rescue Squad. He was then flown via Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison for treatment of his injuries.
"It was a real sad situation," said Fry, "but considering the injuries he had, he's doing very well."
Baumeister continues to recuperate at UW Hospital in Madison, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning.