IndyCar driver injured in crash learns how to ‘stop the bleed’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Doctors say bleeding is the no. 1 killer of injured patients.

But things can be done to prevent it.

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, along with security groups and safety officials, learned how to tie tourniquets on Friday.

IU Health officials say learning the proper technique can save a life before professional rescue crews arrive.

“It takes about two minutes for someone to bleed to death, and it only takes about 15 seconds for someone to apply a tourniquet. When something like that happens, you want something like that in your possession. I have one in my home, my office and my car because you never know when something may happen,” said Jill Castor with IU Health.

Hinchcliffe nearly lost his life a few years ago when he struck a wall during the Indianapolis 500.

He lost a massive amount of blood and suffered severe injuries to his left leg and pelvis.