TCA honors ‘Highway Angel’ Michael Hunt

Michael Hunt received the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2009 Highway Angel of the Year award at Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl college football game on Dec. 30 in Boise, Idaho.

TCA Chairman Kevin Burch and President Chris Burruss joined representatives from Roady’s Truck Stops, the Humanitarian Bowl and Internet Truck Stop in presenting Hunt with the award at the nationally televised game.

Hunt, a former truck driver for Mail Contractors of America and now an owner-operator, helped to save a life at the scene of a fatal accident. Hunt was driving his tractor-trailer when he came across a two-car collision on NC 24 near Spring Lake, N.C. Initially, Hunt attempted to put out the flames on one of the vehicles with his fire extinguisher, but the blaze was too strong, and that driver perished. Realizing the second driver was still alive, Hunt used his tractor-trailer to push the vehicle away from the fire. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol honored Hunt with an award for valor.

Hunt said,“I’m glad I could help one of the drivers, but when I think about the other person who died—that’s tough for me.”

To learn more about TCA’s Highway Angel program or to nominate a truck driver, visit