Alexandria, Virginia        

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Larry Hull, from Harrah, Oklahoma a Highway Angel for stopping to assist a young woman trapped in her vehicle following a deadly collision. 

On the morning of October 5, Hull was heading out of Byhalia, Mississippi, on MS Hwy 7 when he encountered a two-vehicle accident on the two-lane roadway. “Two cars had just collided moments earlier,” he shared with TCA. Hull, a former firefighter, safely pulled over and jumped out to assist. “I got out and ran to check on the occupants of the first car,” he said. “Two other motorists stopped at the same time as I did. They were both nurses.” They discovered two women in the first car who were gravely injured. “We did what we could,” he shared, “but unfortunately, they died at the scene.” Hull then rushed over to the other vehicle and found a young woman, whom he later learned was 24-years-old. “I worked on keeping her calm,” recalled Hull. “She had a broken ankle, but I couldn’t determine what other injuries she may have.” When first responders arrived, Hull helped extricate the young woman from her vehicle.  

Hull said the young woman’s uncle and father have been in touch with him and thanked him for helping the young woman. They believe she would have lost her life that day if it weren’t for Hull. “She had significant injuries and has a long recovery ahead of her,” shared Hull. “But she is back home with family, including her daughter.”  

Hull doesn’t know what happened that day. “It was around 8 a.m. and traffic was light,” he remembered. He added that several other motorists stopped to help. “They either had training, like those two nurses, or they offered to help in any way they could,” he said.  

Hull has been a professional truck driver for 17 years and served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.  

TCA has presented him with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. His employer has also received a letter acknowledging Hull 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.

Special thanks to the program’s Presenting Sponsor, EpicVue, and Supporting Sponsor, DriverFacts.