Driver helps trapped couple after crash


Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips of Cleburne, Texas, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his involvement in helping an elderly couple escape their vehicle after crashing in bad weather.

Phillips is an owner-operator leased to American Central Transport out of Liberty, Mo. On the afternoon of June 5, he was driving on Highway 72 near Walnut, Miss., in bad rain, when the vehicle in front of him flipped and crashed into a ditch.

The car came to a rest upside down, and an elderly couple were dangling from their seatbelts. Phillips did a u-turn and returned to the scene to help a few others who’d stopped to pull the man out of th ecar. His wife, however, was unresponsive.

Phillips, a former volunteer firefighter, told others the woman should not be moved until internal injuries had been assessed. When emergency responders arrived, Phillips helped them remove the woman from the vehicle. He stayed on the scene until the situation had been handled.

ā€œI just did what any normal human should have done. It was a group effort, although I am still amazed that no one else from the highway stopped to help ā€” there were lots of vehicles whizzing by. I guess Iā€™m just grateful that the couple is alright,” Phillips says.

Phillips has been given a lapel pin, certificate and patch.


  • KeepTruckingSafe

    Truckers are probably on a tighter deadline and have more difficulty finding a place to stop, yet here’s another example of the giant heart inside of our nations truck drivers.

  • James

    SOME things are more important than “rules”. My best friend got a ticket once for parking his tanker on the roadside and for traveling in a park lane once for using his tanker to push a broke down motor home to the nearest exit,on a 100+ degree day. the two elderly folks in the motor home were already at risk in fairly heavy traffic. He said,”I kept seeing my Mom and Dad stranded like that,and we didn’t know WHEN they might get assistance. He was stopped just as they pulled onto the off ramp. He was willing to pay the ticket without complaint,but when he went in to handle it,the Judge tore up the ticket and beat up the officer verbally for even writing the Citation. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.