Too often in the news we hear only about those few members of our industry who accidentally or willfully cause damage to themselves and those around them, so this week we shine a light on the rest of our industry by honoring two heroic truckers, both of whom acted quickly to save the lives of those around them. This is one of two stories this week dedicated to them.
Robert Tyler, a 30+ year veteran of the industry based out of Washington State, earned the certificate, patch, and pin of a TCA Highway Angel recently for his actions saving a man and preventing further injuries.
A vehicle had been blocking a lane of traffic on 172nd street in Arlington, Washington. When he pulled alongside the vehicle, Tyler noticed that the driver had collapsed over the console, was convulsing and struggling to breathe. Tyler climbed out of his truck and found that the vehicle was running, but that the driver’s foot was on the brake. Getting back in his truck, Tyler moved it directly in front of – but not touching – the other vehicle.
“All I could think was ‘this car is going to take off and slam into oncoming traffic if his foot slides off that brake,’” said Tyler. “So I placed my truck in front of his car without touching it, just enough so if it started moving, it could only go a few inches.”
Then, using a metal bar he pulled from his truck, Tyler broke in to a rear window of the vehicle and unlocked it, pulling the unconscious driver out. With the help of a nurse who had stopped to help, Tyler administered CPR until paramedics arrived.
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