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Quick-acting Driver Named TCA Highway Angel

April 25, 2013 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: News, Safety

A North Carolina truck driver who pulled a young boy from an overturned pickup truck has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

White, who lives in St. Pauls, North Carolina, received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. His company, G&P Trucking of Gaston, S.C., also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.

Three days after Thanksgiving last year, White was heading north on Interstate 95 in Halifax, North Carolina, on his way to drop off a load. It was early afternoon and White said he spotted a southbound pickup truck running off the road and heading back into the median. The small truck flipped several times, landing on its roof.

Stopping his rig, White ran to the accident, where he saw steam rising from the vehicle. Fearing a fire could erupt and envelop the truck, White grabbed a shovel that had been ejected from the pickup and used it to pry open a passenger door. Inside, he discovered the small boy with serious head injuries.

White removed the boy from the mangled wreckage and handed him off to another driver who had stopped to help. Turning his attention to the driver, White began to cut off the elderly man’s seatbelt, only to discover that the man had succumbed to his injuries.

White said he’s been driving professionally for 44 years and he’s seen a lot of accidents, adding he helps out when he can.