Voting opens for SuperRigs People’s Choice award
Shell Rotella is now accepting votes for the virtual SuperRigs People’s Choice award through Sept. 4. Voters have 98 trucks to choose from as their favorite for the People’s Choice award. Voters can cast one vote each day during the voting period.
The SuperRigs entry period closed Friday, Aug. 21, following a two-week submission period. Entries were accepted in four categories – Tractor, Tractor-Trailer, Classic and Most Hard-Working Trucker.
The entries for each category can be viewed here. Judging for each category will take place through Sept. 4, and winners will be announced daily from Sept. 14-18 as part of National truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Trucker named Highway Angel for helping elderly motorist after crash
Bobby Edney, a truck driver for Carroll Fulmer Logistics, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping an elderly motorist that blew a tire and veered off the road into woods.
Edney was driving down I-77 in Refugio, Texas, on May 10 when he saw a Lexus sedan blow a tire and spin out as it was passing him. He believes the driver hit the brakes, which caused him to shoot across the highway in front of Edney’s truck. He watched the car hit a brick wall before veering off into the woods.
“I hit the shoulder and called 911,” Edney said. “I then went looking for the car but couldn’t see it in the woods. When I finally saw the car, I took a hammer and knocked the windows out.”
When emergency personnel arrived, they used a chainsaw to cut trees from around the car, then used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver. They put him on a stretcher and hurried him into an ambulance. Edney noticed the driver was an older man with a handicapped sticker on his rearview mirror.
“If I wouldn’t have stopped, nobody would have known he was off in the woods. I saved a man’s life is what I did,” Edney said. “Thank God he didn’t blow his tire beside me because he would have rolled my truck as well, which was fully loaded with a delivery. And if I wouldn’t have been paying attention and slammed on my brakes in time, I would have gone over the top of the sedan. The good Lord was with both of us that day.”
Edney, based in West Monroe, Louisiana, has been driving a truck for 35 years. For his willingness to help, TCA presented him with a certificate, patch, lapel pin and truck decals. His employer also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel. EpicVue sponsors the TCA Highway Angel program.