The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Jason Levreault of Gimli, Manitoba, as its latest Highway Angel. Levreault, a professional truck driver for Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is being recognized for helping a fellow professional driver after he witnessed a serious accident.
In the cold, early morning hours in mid-February, Levreault was heading east of Whitewood, SK, when he saw a cloud of dust in front of him. He pulled over to discover that a tractor trailer had hit another tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the highway and had come to rest across the median.
Levreault immediately sprung into action, calling 911 and then checking on the first driver who seemed fine. He ran to the other tractor trailer and saw that its engine was separated from the cab and had significant damage.
“I yelled to see if everyone was okay and was relieved when I heard the driver yell back,” Levreault said. The driver was conscious, but had cuts on his head and hands. “I told the driver that help was on the way, and I started delegating jobs to keep everyone else,” Levreault said. Meanwhile, he stayed with the injured driver until help arrived.
Due to the cold temperatures that early morning, Levreault suffered frostbite on his right hand while helping the injured driver. He credits the training he received from a previous first aid class and an airport security job for helping him to think and act quickly.
For helping at the scene of the accident, TCA has presented Levreault with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Bison Transport also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.