Dayton police say doctors believe quick thinking by an officer and a tourniquet kit likely saved the life of another officer struck by a motorist on Interstate 75 last week.

Police say Officer Byron Branch is still recovering from extensive injuries he suffered on Friday.

Branch was outside of his cruiser responding to a crash when a driver lost control and struck the rookie officer's vehicle, WLWT TV reports.

Police Chief Richard Biehl says another Dayton officer used a tourniquet kit on the bleeding officer, saving his life.