Car wash worker saved by customer

Girl's scarf was caught in machinery
February 12, 2009 7:08:52 AM PST
A Massachusetts car wash worker is recovering after a quick-thinking customer cut her loose from a spinning scrubber brush that had snagged her scarf.Nineteen-year-old Stephanie Carpluk of Chicopee was released from a Springfield hospital Tuesday with black eyes and welts on her neck.

Her scarf choked her after it got caught at the Golden Nozzle Car Wash. She says she remembers being scared before blacking out.

That's when John O'Leary jumped out of a vehicle on the car wash rails, used a pocketknife to cut Carpluk loose and gave her mouth-to-mouth. Another customer called 911.

The car wash's parent, F.L. Roberts Co. of Springfield, is investigating. Steven Roberts says he thanks the "exceptionally courageous" O'Leary.

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