Trucker chases, catches and stops dump truck whose driver was incapacitated

David WebbDavid Webb

David Webb, a truck driver out of Billings, Mont., has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for chasing down and stopping a dump truck after its driver suffered a heart murmur and administering CPR.

On June 6, Webb and his wife, Carol, were driving eastbound on State Route 2 in Wenatchee, Wash., when they saw a dump truck with a pup trailer swerve and hit a jersey barrier. David drove up next to the truck and saw the driver slumped over the steering wheel.

He then pulled his truck over while Carol called 911. Once on the side of the road, David ran down the dump truck on foot, opened the door and set the brakes. When the dump truck stopped, he checked on the driver, who was not breathing. He then pulled the driver out of the truck and began performing CPR until an ambulance arrived. The dump truck’s driver, Robert Lortie, was taken to a local hospital and recovered.

For helping the driver, David was presented with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decals by TCA. His fleet, Wilson Logistics of Springfield, Mo., also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel.