AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) — A deputy’s quick actions likely saved the life of a motorcyclist involved in a back wreck over the weekend.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office says, on Sunday, they got a call about a motorcycle crash near the Martell area. The caller reported that the motorcyclist had suffered a very serious leg injury that left him severely bleeding.

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A deputy got to the scene first. Suspecting that the rider’s artery had been severed, the deputy knew he had to work quickly.

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Using a tourniquet, the deputy managed to slow the bleeding. Minutes later, medics arrived and took over.

The medics say the deputy’s actions likely saved the motorcycle rider’s life.

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Exactly what led up to the crash is unclear.