TCA names ABF driver Highway Angel for aiding accident victim

Mike Dobis

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named truck driver Mike Dobis, from Pine Bluff, AR, a TCA Highway Angel for stopping to help an injured woman on the shoulder of a highway. Dobis drives for ABF Freight out of Fort Smith, Arkansas

TCA explains:

Mike DobisMike DobisOn Feb. 14, around 12:50 p.m., Dobis was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 just before exit 25 near Memphis, Tennessee. He noticed an accident ahead and began to move forward slowly.  

“I realized somebody was laying in the road,” he said. “These people just drove through and I’m like, please tell me they didn’t hit her.” 

Dobis slowed down to stop and got the traffic behind him to stop and then he checked on the injured woman who was lying in the road .  

“She was breathing but in pretty bad shape — blood everywhere,” the former Marine said.  

Dobis, who has been driving a truck since 1981, called 911 and talked to both the police and the woman while getting a jacket out of her car. He placed it over the woman to help her get warm, keeping her on the ground and immobile because she complained of back pain. He said there were four cars and a semi-truck involved in the accident, and all the cars appeared to be immobilized. He suspects the injured woman was ejected out of the passenger window of the car. The driver was nowhere to be found at the site. Dobis stayed with the injured woman until police arrived and dismissed him. 

“All I could do was hold her hand and try to comfort her,” he said.