TORONTO, Ont. — Ron Lundeborg may feel uncomfortable about being called a hero, but that’s something he needs to get used to after his quick thinking saved a life.
The 27-year veteran of the trucking industry heard over the CB that a person was standing on the Islington Ave. overpass above Hwy. 401. As he approached from the west, he could clearly see a woman standing outside the railing, perched on the ledge.
He quickly backed it down to about 30 km/h and watched as she plummeted to the pavement about 12 to 15 metres below. Lundeborg could see four or five cars in front of his rig swerving to avoid hitting the woman, who was now lying in the middle of Canada’s busiest highway.
“I just did what any normal human being would do,” he told local media. “I’m glad I could react as fast as I did and that I was paying attention.”
The 56-year-old trucker used his tractor-trailer to shield the woman from the oncoming traffic and managed to get the truck behind him to do the same.
Police say the 30-year-old woman was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital with a broken hip and ankle. “She was very lucky,” a police spokesperson said.