The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Edward Wilcher, a professional truck driver for Roadrunner Expedite of Belleville, Mich., a Highway Angel for helping another truck driver escape from his burning vehicle.
On Aug. 20, 2015, Wilcher had just parked after picking up his truck from the mechanic at Love’s truck stop in Joplin, Mo., when he heard shouts and a horn blowing outside the restaurant.
Wilcher spotted flames several feet high coming out of the reefer trailer of a truck next to his. His first instinct was to move his truck away so it wouldn’t catch on fire but he quickly realized the truck on fire was all closed up and no one was getting out.
“I ran to the truck and started beating on the windows and yelling to wake up the other driver to warn him of the fire,” Wilcher said.
The driver finally woke up and jumped out the passenger window “with seconds to spare,” according to a story published on St. Joe Channel.com.
After Wilcher knew the driver was safe, he ran around to get back in his truck and get it moved. Just as he was pulling his truck out of danger, the reefer exploded and crushed the sleeper where the driver had just been sleeping.
Wilcher, who lives in Florida and has been a professional truck driver for 27 years, received a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decal from the TCA. Roadrunner Expedited also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.