For his efforts in monitoring his surroundings carefully and protecting a wrecked motorcyclist lying in the road from oncoming traffic, Werner driver Mark Randall of Mesquite, Texas, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association.
Randall is being recognized for taking preventive measures that ultimately saved a life.
On October 24, 2012, around 1:30 p.m., Randall and a student were headed westbound on I-80/680 in Omaha, Nebraska. With only two miles to go before dropping off a load, Randall was driving. A motorcyclist following too closely to a car in front of him caused Randall to notice his surroundings and start slowing down in case something happened.
Randall wanted to get out of the way of what appeared to be an impending wreck, but the truck was surrounded by traffic and he couldn’t safely do so. So he stayed put in his lane. Then, Randall says, almost as if in slow motion, the motorcyclist wrecked and hit the pavement and slid toward Randall’s truck.
He immediately put on his flashers and continued to brake, finally coming to a controlled stop — within 10 feet of the man on the pavement.
The student got out to render aid, while Randall called 911. The motorcyclist was OK. Not only had Randall managed to avoid hitting the man, but he is also credited for using his truck to protect the motorcyclist from being run over by the oncoming traffic.
For helping the motorcyclist, Randall was presented with a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. Werner Enterprises also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel. Randall was also recently recognized by his company for a million miles of accident-free driving and also received Werner’s Humanitarian Award for his actions that day.