Drivers honored for rescues
On March 26, Burkhart was driving on I-65, near Munfordville, Ky., when a van built to hold 15 people passed him. Moments later, he saw a tractor-trailer cross the median and slam head-on into the van before striking a cliff and bursting into flames.
Burkhart dialed 911, then approached the grisly scene, searching for survivors. Two young boys, held in place by car seats, were still alive and appeared unharmed. Burkhart brought them to his own truck, keeping them warm for more than half an hour until authorities arrived.
The police determined that 11 people died that day, including the driver of the tractor-trailer and 10 occupants of the van, most of whom were members of a Mennonite family on their way to a wedding.
For his kindness, Burkhart received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. FFE Transportation Services also received a certificate acknowledging one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.