A pro trucker who has been driving for more than 18 years was recently honored for helping the driver of a car involved in a rollover accident.
The Truckload Carriers Association named Clayvon Daniels, who drives for ABF Freight System, Inc., a Highway Angel for stopping to help a driver following an accident in Texas last May.
On the evening of May 31, Daniels was on Route 12 in Irving, Texas on his way to San Antonio when a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed approached on his driver’s side. “I looked in my mirror and saw him kinda weaving,” Daniels said.
Weather and road conditions were good that evening. “I slowed down and thought ‘Man, this guy is gonna lose control.’ He came right in front of my truck and veered all the way to the right.” The driver’s car then hit the concrete median so hard it ricocheted, rolled over, and skidded back across the road. “If I wouldn’t have slowed down, he would have bounced off my truck,” said Daniels.
Acting swiftly, he stopped in the middle of the highway to ensure other vehicles wouldn’t hit the overturned car. “It shut the whole highway down. About four or five of us stopped and we all rushed to get the guy out of the car. He was hollering and really bloody. It was something … could have been a whole lot worse.” Emergency vehicles arrived approximately 20 minutes later.
Daniels has been driving for 18 years, and said,“I stop and help when I can. I told my wife I’ve never had an accident and thank God for that. I hope someone would help me.”
TCA has presented Daniels with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. His employer has also received a certificate acknowledging their driver 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.