Truckload Carriers Association Recognizes Truck Driver
Category: Trucking News
Posted by: techman
Alexandria, Virginia - The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has recognized truck driver Michael Hunt as a Highway Angel for damaging his own vehicle to help out at the scene of a fatal accident.
The incident took place on October 12, 2008. At approximately 2:20 a.m., Hunt came across a two-car collision that had just occurred on NC 24 near Spring Lake, North Carolina. There were two vehicles involved in the crash, and both had come to rest within five feet of each other.
Initially, Hunt used his fire extinguisher to attempt to put out a fire on one of the vehicles. But the blaze was too strong, and that driver perished. Realizing that the other driver was still alive, Hunt used his own tractor-trailer to push the vehicle away from the fire. According to the report written by Trooper J.E. Stahl of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, "When Mr. Hunt did this, it damaged his own vehicle. Mr. Hunt’s quick actions helped to save a life from serious injury or death from burns."
A driver for Mail Contractors of America of Little Rock, Arkansas, Hunt received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch for his efforts. Mail Contractors of America also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.
Since its inception in August 1997, the Highway Angels program has recognized hundreds of drivers for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job. TCA has received letters and e-mails from people across North America nominating truck drivers for the program.
To view archival copies of past Highway Angel press releases, visit www.truckload.org/pressroom. To learn more about the program or to nominate a driver, go to www.truckload.org/highwayangels. For additional information, contact TCA at (703) 838-1950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.