A trucker from Manitoba, Canada was recently honored for his efforts to help the driver of a farm truck that rolled over.
The Truckload Carriers Association named Navdeep Singh, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada a Highway Angel for rescuing an injured fellow truck driver whose vehicle ran off the side of the road and crashed. Singh drives for CN Transportation Ltd. based in Ontario, Canada.
On September 28. 2020 at 3:15 p.m., Singh was westbound on Highway 2 outside Starbuck, Manitoba. Just then, Singh witnessed a farm truck heading eastbound blow a tire, lose control, and then veer straight into a ditch.
Singh watched as the truck rolled over, coming to a rest in some farmland. No other vehicles were involved.
“I was afraid that the driver must have gotten hurt really badly and might need help so I stopped safely and ran to help,” he said. Singh said the driver was unconscious and upside down, hanging on by his left leg which was tightly stuck between the driver seat and gear lever. “I had to pull off the windshield to reach him, which came off easily,” added Singh. He was relieved when the injured truck driver spoke, telling him his name was Bob.
Several passersby stopped to help and together, Singh and the men were able to get the injured man’s leg free and remove him from the crashed cab safely.
By the time emergency personnel arrived, Bob was conscious but was not sure what had happened. An off-duty paramedic also stopped at the accident site and helped before emergency crews arrived.
“I think if I was a few seconds late, it could have ended differently,” Singh said. “He had cuts from the glass as well.”
The Manitoba Trucking Association recently awarded the MTA-Bridgestone Trucking Hero Award to Singh for his selfless act.
TCA has presented him with a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals. The company has also received a letter acknowledging him as a Highway Angel.