Here at TruckersReport we like to recognize and pay tribute to truckers who go out of their way to help others. Often that means a driver who helps rescue someone from a dangerous situation. But sometimes, the only thing to be done is provide some comfort to those who found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dylan Goodman is a trucker out of Conneaut, Ohio. The veteran driver had just started his trip back home from Texas. Headed North on I-35, he was crossing a bridge when he saw a disabled car in a southbound lane.
“She was in the middle of the lane with her hazards on,” Goodman told TCA. “I was yelling on the radio to warn southbound (truck drivers) traffic about what was ahead of them, but nobody runs with CBs anymore.”
Despite his warnings, a truck slammed into the disabled car from behind. The car was pushed off the road, down an embankment, and into some trees. The truck that had hit it didn’t manage to come to a full stop for another 500 yards.
“He hit her so hard,” Goodman said. “I don’t know why he didn’t see her. It was a straight stretch of road.”
A former EMT, Goodman ran to the aid of the driver. When he got there, he found a woman inside a “mangled mess” of a car. Despite a caved-in roof and crumpled door, Goodman was able to get inside the vehicle by prying the roof back.
The woman was still conscious, but she was in very bad shape. Her pulse was weak, he breathing was labored, and her body was so tangled up in the car that Goodman couldn’t move her.
“I tried to comfort her to let her know someone was there with her . . . she was fading fast,” recalled Goodman. “I wish I could have done more.”
“Doing this job you see a lot of stuff. Nothing can really prepare you for being put in that situation. You want to be able to show a little compassion. If it means losing an hour of drive time, well, tomorrow is a new day.”
“Right now, I’m on my way back to Texas,” Goodman told TCA earlier this month. “I made a cross for her. I noticed when I went through last week there was nothing there for her. I’ll put it on the side of the road for her.”