Good Samaritans were 'chain of survival' for driver


[Star Tribune, January 04, 2010] Bystanders in White Bear Lake pulled a heart attack victim from a crash, then did CPR until help arrived.

When a 77-year-old White Bear Lake man's heart stopped beating Saturday night, it couldn't have happened at a worse place and time: He was behind the wheel of a car that went out of control, clipped another car, crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into a guardrail.

The man, identified by his wife as Robert Monson, only survived the crash on a frigid, dark stretch of County Road J near Interstate 35E because of a handful of good Samaritans who pulled him out of his car, laid him on the street and performed CPR as they waited for an ambulance, said a Ramsey County sheriff's deputy. He was taken to Allina's United Hospital.

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