TORONTO, Ont. – Now in his 27th year as a truck driver, Barry Enman’s 6.4 million accident-free miles have earned him the 1999 Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year Award.
According to his employer, Warren Gibson Ltd., Enman consistently displays exemplary behavior and is a role model to his peers while safely sharing the road with all other users.
But to say he simply shares the road wouldn’t explain how lucky Ontarians are to have the Enmans of the trucking industry traveling the nation’s highways.
He and two other drivers – all with the same Alliston, Ont. fleet – recently ended up being first upon an accident scene, and their quick thinking prevented a bad situation from getting worse.
After blocking both lanes of traffic with their rigs, the drivers rushed to the car driver’s aid.
“She was unconscious when I first got to her, but she came around in a few minutes,” says Enman. “She was still in her seatbelt, but the vehicle was on its side and she was hanging there.”
He cut her free as the other drivers supported her.
Enman’s safe record is even more remarkable when you consider he’s been all over North America and now handles a dedicated run between Alliston and Windsor. Most of his distance was racked up on Hwy. 401, running the stretch of road commonly referred to as Carnage Alley because of its recent spate of accidents. n
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