Professional truck driver Robert Woolf of Leland, N.C., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association.
Woolf, a driver for Con-way Truckload of Joplin, Mo., was driving along I-90 about 100 miles east of Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 2012, at 6 in the morning. A car passed him and started rubbing against the guardrail when the road curved, going for about 1/4 mile.
Woolf called 911. The car then traveled across the median, crossed into the opposite side of the highway, hit that guardrail, spun back over in the median and came to a stop. Woolf pulled over and went to the vehicle.
Through the window, he could see that the driver was still confined by his seatbelt and the deployed airbag. He was bloody and unconscious. Woolf worked his way into the car and, fearing spinal injuries on the driver, used his shoulder to prop the man up, cupping his hand against the man’s neck to serve as a makeshift brace. He held the man immobilized this way to keep him from further spinal injury until the paramedics arrived and took over.
For his efforts to help a fellow motorist that day, Woolf was presented with a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. Con-way also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.