Tony Doughty / Highway Angel
A truck driver from Greenville, Texas, was named a ‘Highway Angel’ for stopping his travels to administer aid to two injured drivers after witnessing an incredible crash.
One morning two weeks ago, Tony Doughty was driving eastbound on Interstate 40 near Albuquerque, when he witnessed a red car ram into a Jeep while going around 70 miles per hour. He watched the Jeep flip over before the car crashed into a concrete barrier.
The accident unfolded while Tony was driving on the opposite side of the highway. While most people would call 911, how many people would pull over, instead of continuing down the road?
Doughty, a 15-year trucker who drives for Minnesota’s Bay & Bay Transportation, stopped in his tracks.
“I jumped out of the truck and grabbed my EMT bag,” said Doughty, who’s been a volunteer firefighter for 12 years.
Just as he was about to cross the highway to get to the crash site, a police officer who also happened to be driving by, stopped.
When discovering Doughty’s first responder background, he said, “You’re coming with me, buddy!” and the men ran to the crash scene.
The driver of the red Chevy had a broken leg, so Doughty put a splint on it while the man in his 30s admitted to being either withdrawing or overdosing on fentanyl and methadone.
“I got him kind of stable,” said Doughty, who then ran over to the driver of the Jeep “who was still flipped over on the road”. Thankfully, the young woman was visibly shaken, but did not sustain any serious injury.
Doughty partnered with the police to relay vitals of the crash victims to their dispatch, and stayed on the scene until the ambulance departed.
As a driver with over two million safe driving miles under his belt, the exemplary trucker is always ready to offer aid during accidents.
“I wear two hats,” Doughty says. “I’m wired to stop and help in situations like this.”
Since the Highway Angels program was started 25 years ago by the Truckload Carriers Association, 1,300 professional truck drivers have been recognized for exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage displayed while on the job.
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