Jamie Dixon helps crash victim at site

Updated: October 25, 2010, 8:52 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh Panthers coach Jamie Dixon did what some other drivers did not do on a busy stretch of interstate on Saturday night -- he pulled over to help trapped passengers in a car that had turned over against a guardrail.

Jamie Dixon
Dixon

The vehicle had flipped over while going on I-279 North near the McKnight Road exit in Pittsburgh and was on its side when Dixon, who was driving on the same highway, pulled over to help.

"[Dixon] assisted in removing at least one of the two occupants," Pennsylvania state trooper Erik Fisher told ESPN.com on Sunday morning. "He sustained some injuries to his hands in assisting in getting them out through the windshield of the vehicle on the passenger side."

Dixon was unavailable for comment Sunday since he needed to speak with the investigating officer.

Dixon will speak on the accident at a news conference Monday morning at Pitt. He will also be a guest on ESPN2's "First Take", which airs from 10 a.m. to noon ET.

Fisher said he was the third trooper on the scene and is the investigating officer on the crash. Fisher said the woman who was pulled from the vehicle, which he said was not on fire, suffered "at least a broken ankle.'' Fisher said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

Dixon, as seen on raw video on WPXI.com, was treated in an ambulance and then released before driving off. Fisher said he was waiting to interview Dixon again Sunday. Dixon was in practice with the Big East-favorite Panthers on Sunday morning.

"He was a Good Samaritan," Fisher said. "That's the way people are supposed to be. By all accounts he did exactly what a decent person should do. It's an interstate freeway and I'm sure countless other cars drove right past. He was one of the very few who pulled over."

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com.

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