Driver saves child who fell out of pickup bed

| July 16, 2013
Shelly York
Shelly York

Shelly York of North Little Rock, Ark., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his efforts in rescuing a boy who had fallen out of the back of a pickup truck.

York, a driver for ABF Freight system out of Fort Smith, Ark., was driving near his carrier’s terminal on April 5 when he saw something that looked like debris fall out of the back of a pickup truck. When he got closer, however, he saw that it was actually a boy about 8 or 9 years old who had fallen out.

The young boy had run behind the pickup and tried to hoist himself in, but was unable to hold on and fell off, hitting his head on the asphalt.

At that point he was lying in the road and in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic.

York put on his flashers and used his truck to protect the boy and then went to the other lane of traffic and routed vehicles away from the area. He stayed on the scene until emergency responders arrived.

York will receive a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch.

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  • Kevin

    Kids don’t belong in the back of pickups, great job driver

  • mousekiller

    Good job Mr York. Bless you and yours.

  • Adam Stevens

    Read again.

    “The young boy had run behind the pickup and tried to hoist himself
    in, but was unable to hold on and fell off, hitting his head on the
    asphalt.”
    Sounds like he wasn’t supposed to be in the pickup at all to me. Driver did a really good thing though. Imagine if he hadn’t paid attention and ran the kid over instead of saving his life.

  • Oscar

    Nice job. I hope he is recognized by ABF as well. I know when I was riding on a Jefferson bus lines bus through Minnesota and the driver fell asleep. Being a truck driver myself, I jumped into action, got the bus stopped, missed a head on collision with a red Peterbilt, (Thankfully the Peterbilt driver was also paying attention) and got it to the side of the road Jefferson bus lines didn’t give any recognition, though 21 lives were saved and their precious bus (by their actions) was saved they never said squat. No thank you, nothing. Many of the people on the bus tried to get me some recognition and even compensation for saving their bus, but that damned company isn’t worth a decent spit.

  • King Vagabond

    Professionalism at its best.

  • Michele

    Thank you for saving him. Why can’t this make national news? Drivers need all the good kudo’s they can get.