Alexandria, Virginia

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently recognized Tom Hullihan, a driver with Swift Transportation, as a Highway Angel for guiding vehicle occupants to safety after collision.

On November 27, 2013, Hullihan was traveling southbound on I-81 near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when he saw a passenger van and another vehicle collide at about 7:15 p.m.

He immediately pulled off to the side of the road and called 911. Meanwhile, the occupants of the passenger van – five Amish women – got out onto the highway and somehow managed to cross the very busy interstate. Hullihan was able to offer assistance and stayed to make sure no one was injured. He urged them to stand on the other side of his tractor trailer, which he used as a shield from the fast-moving traffic.

He stayed on the scene until the Pennsylvania State Police arrived to assist. Hullihan also provided a statement about what happened. Both the police and the visibly shaken women were very grateful to him for his assistance.

Hullihan received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch for his efforts. The company also received a certificate for acknowledging a Highway Angel in their midst.

Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.