A trucker from Virginia was recently recognized for lending assistance at the scene of an accident, something he said was just part of his job.
The Truckload Carriers Association recently named truck driver Timothy Olden, from North Chesterfield, Virginia, a Highway Angel for stopping to help crash victims when their car was hit by a pickup truck on a rainy afternoon. Olden drives for Decker Truck Lines out of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
On July 20, Olden was driving near Stratton, Colorado on Interstate 70 around 2 p.m. He came upon an accident just after it happened, where a car crossed over a median and was T-boned by a pickup truck pulling a camper. Olden quickly pulled over and jumped out to help everyone who was potentially injured, grabbing his fire extinguisher because he could see the crashed car was smoking.
“The car was smoking and everybody was still inside,” Olden said. “On the passenger side, you couldn’t even get the doors open— they were caved in.”
He and a flatbed driver from another company helped safely remove the passengers from the smoking vehicles.
“We had to break the rear window out to unlock it so we could get the front door unlocked,” Olden said. Inside the car were lawn chairs, so he made sure they grabbed the chairs out of the car and set them up so the crash victims would have somewhere to sit off the road, as it rained profusely.
Olden stayed until the emergency vehicles departed, cleaned up debris on the road, and set off on his way. When asked why he did so much, he claims he was just doing his job.