A driver for Taylor Truck Lines Inc. was recently honored for his actions at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Mississippi earlier this year.
The Truckload Carriers Association 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 Oct. 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,” said Hull, a former firefighter. He said he safely pulled over and jumped out to assist. “I got out and ran to check on the occupants of the first car. 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, 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,” said 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 woman from her vehicle.
Hull said the young woman’s uncle and father have been in touch with him and thanked him for helping her. 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,” said Hull. “But she is back home with family, including her daughter.”
Hull has been a professional truck driver for 17 years and served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.
TCA 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.