Orioles slugger Chris Davis helps lift overturned pickup truck at accident scene
As far as sluggers go, Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis is near the top of the list.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 232-pounder launched 53 home runs for his team, a mark that led the league. This season, he’s mashed 26.
But while his strength is surely useful on the field, it is also beneficial off it.
According to MASNHD.com, the currently-suspended (for amphetamines) Davis helped out at an accident scene.
Apparently Davis was driving to the airport to pick up friends when the accident occurred in front of him. MASNHD reporter Roch Kubatko exchanged emails with Mike Soukup, who was also at the scene.
“I was on my way home from the city about 2 p.m. going south on I-295. I saw the brake lights as I was heading around a slight right-hand bend under the train tracks … and a massive cloud of dust. I was about five to six cars back. I did not see what happened, but instantly saw the truck laying on its drivers side and a man laying in the pull-over area on the left hand side who had obviously been ejected from the wreck. He wasn’t really moving. A man was already running over to him.
“I pulled past the wreck and over to the right-hand pull-off and I saw that there were still two men in the truck and that one of them was trapped halfway out the window. He was pinned underneath the overturned truck. He was bleeding pretty badly and gasoline was dripping out of the truck. The first man waved me over, and he, and I, and a woman started trying to lift the truck off of the pinned man. It was too heavy for the three of us – it was an old, large model pick-up and was VERY heavy. However, within a half-a-minute, another five to six folks had jumped out and started helping. We were able to pick the truck back up onto its wheels – unpinning the man.
It was shortly after that where Soukup realized that Davis was one of the people helping out. He asked the first baseman if he was, in fact, the Chris Davis, and it was confirmed.
“I said, ‘One hell of a way to meet Chris Davis … and by the way, I think they screwed you over big-time and I support you 100 percent.’ He said ‘Thanks, it really means a lot to hear that,” and was very sincere about it. He also said he was RIGHT in back of the truck when it had a tire blow-out and swerved, hit the wall and rolled.”
Around that time Soukup said more people — including EMTs — were arriving on the scene to continue helping the motorists.