An Idaho trucker has been honored for his actions at the scene of an accident in Washington.
The Truckload Carriers Association recently named truck driver Scott Volkers, from Kuna, Idaho, a Highway Angel for stopping to help direct traffic at the scene of a fatal car accident in Washington. Volkers drives for ABF Freight out of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Around 4:15 a.m. on June 6, Volkers was driving on Interstate 90 at the Snoqualmie Pass area in Washington when he went around a blind corner and discovered a two-car crash had just taken place.
“Cars were sideways on the road,” he said. “There just weren’t enough people there and they needed help.”
Volkers stopped and began to direct traffic as it came through.
“I just immediately tried to slow traffic down coming around the corner,” he said. “It was crazy—I almost got run over a couple of times.”
As others attended to the passengers in the car, it was discovered that there was a fatality in one of the vehicles involved. Volkers, who has been a truck driver for over 25 years, spent close to an hour using the flashlight he had to try to direct traffic, keeping everyone at the accident scene from getting hit by oncoming traffic.
“My main goal was to keep the accident from becoming worse,” he said.
Since the program’s inception in August 1997, nearly 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage displayed while on the job. Thanks to the program’s presenting sponsor, EpicVue, and supporting sponsor, DriverFacts, TCA is able to showcase outstanding drivers like Volkers.