Trucker helps motorist after car flips, crashes


Jon Atzenhofer

Jon “AZ” Atzenhofer was recently named a TCA Highway Angel for the second time after he stopped to help a victim of a car accident. Atzenhofer, an Oklahoma City, Okla., native, drives for FTC Transportation.

On June 4, 2013, Atzenhofer was driving through New Mexico when a small car flipped multiple times before coming to a stop upright on the median. Atzenhofer called 911 and stopped at the scene of the accident. The door to the driver’s side would not open, so Atzenhofer pulled the window out and discovered the driver breathing, but not conscious.

Since Atzenhofer didn’t know the extent of the driver’s injuries, he left the victim inside the car. He used a knife to cut the seat belt, and with the help of a bystander, pried the door open. He stayed until authorities arrived and took over.

Atzenhofer was also named a Highway Angel last year for performing CPR on a man who was having a heart attack at a truck stop. For his actions, Atzenhofer has receive a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch.

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