TCA names ABF Freight driver a Highway Angel for aiding crash victims

Richard Morrell
ABF Freight

Richard MorrellRichard MorrellABF FreightA Texas trucker was recently recognized for his efforts to help the victims of a terrible two-car collision.

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) recently named truck driver Richard Morrell, 50, from Plano, Texasa TCA Highway Angel for stopping to help drivers involved in a head-on collision late at night on a Texas highway. Morrell works for ABF Freight out of Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

TCA explains:

On May 16 around 12:15 a.m. in Jefferson, Texas, Morrell was traveling northbound on Interstate 59 when he came upon the wreckage from two cars that had been involved in a head-on collision.

“It was beyond horrible,” Morrell said. “I was first on the scene and there was wreckage everywhere.”

One car was on the shoulder of the highway, and the other was in the fast lane. Both drivers were severely injured and pinned in their vehicles. One vehicle had an injured passenger as well. Morrell called 911 to report the wreck. He then stayed to help the drivers, and several others stopped to help as well. Eventually, emergency personnel were on the scene, as well as a helicopter landed to life flight victims from the accident. The conditions of those involved in the crash is  unknown.

“It was horrifying,” said the 15-year truck driver who was on the scene for over three hours. “But we have to help each other—I’ve always helped—I’ve always stepped up.”