Trucker named Highway Angel for helping elderly couple in below-zero temperatures

Updated Jul 26, 2018

A truck driver for Canadian fleet Challenger Motor Freight is being recognized as a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for her role in helping an elderly couple involved in a crash.

Christina Powell, of Baden, Ontario, Canada, was driving home in her truck on Jan. 5 on Highway 7/8 when she saw several cars on the side of the road and a commotion up ahead. She then witnessed a car hit the side wall of the highway, followed by a puff of snow.

Powell pulled over to check on everyone, and when she came up on the car with the most damage, she saw an elderly couple was “visibly shaken,” according to TCA. With a temperature of minus-26 degrees, Powell grabbed blankets out of her truck to help keep them warm, then began directing traffic to prevent further wrecks.

When the first police officer arrived on the scene, he moved the couple to Powell’s truck to keep them warm. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and took the couple to the hospital.