Trucker Named Highway Angel for Rescuing A Woman Having a Seizure While Driving
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named truck driver Scott Allen from Omaha, Nebraska, a Highway Angel for stopping to help a driver experiencing a medical emergency in an intersection. Allen drives for ABF Freight out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
It’s an incredible story: On April 14, 2023, around 10 a.m., Allen was driving on his delivery route, in Columbus, NE, in stop and go traffic. He noticed a Chevy Silverado truck moving very slowly at an intersection after the light turned green. Other motorists attempted to go around the moving vehicle.
“She was going 3 or 5 miles an hour,” Allen said. “I’m like, there’s something wrong with this person — I noticed she was leaned over the consul in her truck.”
After safely parking his unit off the road, he alerted other motorists while running to the car to see if he could help the woman in the vehicle. Another car pulled over to help also.
“There were dark tinted windows where you could barely see her, but when I looked through the windshield, I could see her leaning over the consul and I knew there was a medical emergency,” Allen said.
Allen believes the young woman, in her twenties, was having some sort of seizure. He and another motorist were able to get her vehicle stopped and prevent it from being struck by other motorists. The woman in the vehicle didn’t know her name or where she was going. Allen dialed 911 and an ambulance was able to get the motorist the medical attention she needed.
“When you come across this and you see someone in danger, my nature is to stop and try to help them,” Allen said.
Since the program’s inception in August 1997, nearly 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage displayed while on the job. Thanks to the program’s presenting sponsor, EpicVue, and supporting sponsor, DriverFacts, TCA is able to showcase outstanding drivers like Mr. Allen.