NEWEST HIGHWAY ANGEL RECIPIENT RESCUES INJURED FELLOW TRUCK DRIVER FOLLOWING A ROLLOVER CRASH
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named truck driver Navdeep Singh, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Highway Angel for rescuing an injured fellow truck driver whose vehicle ran off the side of the road and crashed. Singh drives for CN Transportation Ltd. based in Ontario, Canada.
It’s an incredible story: On September 28. 2020 at 3:15 p.m., he was heading Westbound on Highway 2 about three kilometers outside Starbuck, Manitoba. Just then, Singh witnessed a farm truck heading Eastbound blow a tire, lose control, and then veer straight into a ditch.
Singh watched as the truck rolled over, coming to a rest in some farmland. No other vehicles were involved. “I was afraid that the driver must have gotten hurt really badly and might need help so I stopped safely and ran to help,” he shared in a written statement. Singh said the driver was unconscious and upside down, hanging on by his left leg which was tightly stuck between the driver seat and gear lever. “I had to pull off the windshield to reach him, which came off easily,” added Singh. He was relieved when the injured truck driver spoke, telling him his name was ‘Bob.’
Several passersby stopped to help and together, Singh and the men were able to get the injured man’s leg free and remove him from the crashed cab safely.
By the time emergency personnel arrived, Bob was conscious, but was not sure what had happened. An off-duty paramedic also stopped at the accident site and helped before emergency crews arrived.
“I think if I was a few seconds late, it could have ended differently,” Singh told Trucknews.com. “He had cuts from the glass as well.”
The Manitoba Trucking Association recently awarded the MTA-Bridgestone Trucking Hero Award to Singh for his selfless act.
TCA has presented him with a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals. The company has also received a letter acknowledging him as a Highway Angel.
Since the program’s inception in August 1997, nearly 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.