An off-duty New Jersey State Police trooper used a makeshift tourniquet to save a crash victim on the Atlantic City Expressway in Gloucester Township, according to a State Police Facebook post Friday morning.

At 2:36 p.m. Monday, Trooper Kenneth Minnes discovered a car with multiple people in it had left the road and struck several trees. Another motorist had removed the occupants from the vehicle, but Minnes moved everyone away from the smoking car before it caught fire, according to the Facebook post.

Both victims of the crash suffered serious injuries. Minnes made a tourniquet using a piece of tree branch and a T-shirt, and applied it to one of the victims’ bleeding arm, according to the post.

A short time later, emergency personnel airlifted the victims to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Minnes graduated from the State Police Academy last year.

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