A Texas trucker has been honored for his helpful actions at the scene of a truck crash in Louisiana.
The Truckload Carriers Association recently named truck driver Jason Escobar, from Palestine, Texas, a Highway Angel for stopping to help the driver of an overturned sand truck that was leaking gas and oil. Escobar drives for Maverick Transportation out of North Little Rock, Arkansas.
On March 3, around 10 a.m., Escobar was traveling on Highway 3132 in Shreveport, Louisiana, when he witnessed a sand truck overturn in front of him.
“He was top heavy; he ended up losing control of the truck and he flipped it over,” said Escobar, who has been a truck driver for almost seven years.
He quickly stopped and ran to the other driver’s aid, climbing on the truck to assist the other driver out while the truck was leaking gas and oil. All lanes on the highway were blocked by sand in the road. Escobar went on to help fire and rescue personnel shovel sand to help another trucker who got stuck and hit a guardrail. His efforts resulted in unclogging the traffic jam that had appeared as a result of the accident.
“My mindset has always been that if, God forbid, something ever happens to me,” he said. “I would hope that the person behind me would be kind enough to reach out and lend a hand — we’re all just human beings.”
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 Escobar