Trucker awarded for helping after witnessing car accident

Justin RockcastleJustin Rockcastle

An Arizona-based truck driver has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his role in helping after witnessing a rollover accident.

Trucker Justin Rockcastle, of Wittmann, Arizona, was driving in rain and hail along I-70 near Thompson Springs, Utah, when he saw an SUV in his mirror that hydroplaned and hit his drive tires, sending the car into the center median where it rolled multiple times.

Rockcastle pulled over and ran back to the scene, where he found the car with doors ripped off from the impact. All occupants had been wearing seat belts, and only the driver appeared to have injuries – a gash to his head.

He then ran back to his truck to get his first-aid kit and coat. He gave the coat to one of the passengers and took the first-aid kit to attend to the driver’s head wound.

Rockcastle learned that the SUV was traveling with three other vehicles were traveling together. They told him they were from Texas and were on their way to California for a mission trip. All of them were minors. Rockcastle also noticed the SUV’s tires were bald.

“They should never have been on the road,” he says. “Safety is a major thing with me. There weren’t any adults along, and those kids didn’t have enough experience. Prayers were definitely answered that day.”

For his willingness to stop and help, TCA presented Rockcastle with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decals. His fleet, Melton Truck Lines, also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel. EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program.