Trucker named Highway Angel for helping fellow driver in ditch

Jacob ElkinsJacob Elkins

A Missouri-based truck driver has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping a fellow driver that crashed into a ditch.

Jacob Elkins, a driver for CFI, was driving east of Effingham, Illinois, on I-70 on May 23, 2018, when he came across another CFI truck nose-down in a ditch. Elkins pulled over and was the first person on the scene.

He first went to the cab to try and help the driver but found the driver could not talk and was very weak.

“He was breathing heavily, so I called 911 and dispatch,” Elkins said. “He didn’t want to move because he was too weak, but he was able to tell me his name was Stanley Rowe.”

Elkins told Rowe he would stay with him until emergency personnel arrived, then called CFI to notify operations and the safety department.

For his willingness to help, TCA presented Elkins with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decals. CFI also received a certificate acknowledging their driver has a Highway Angel.

The Highway Angel program is sponsored by EpicVue.

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