TORONTO, Ont. - Corey Vaughan, a Nestleton, Ont., driver with Kingston, Ont.-based SLH Transport is the 2001 Bridgestone/ Firestone Canadian Truck Hero.Vaughan was presented the award at the opening c...
TORONTO, Ont. – Corey Vaughan, a Nestleton, Ont., driver with Kingston, Ont.-based SLH Transport is the 2001 Bridgestone/ Firestone Canadian Truck Hero.
Vaughan was presented the award at the opening ceremonies of the Ontario Trucking Association Convention by Jerry Priddle, director of public relations and advertising for Bridgestone/ Firestone Canada.
The professional operator’s quick thinking and courage is credited with saving the life of a 79-year-old man.
“The heroics that we are honoring are a testament to the strength and character of the Canadian trucking industry and its drivers,” says Priddle. “Not only do they provide a service that is vital to our economy, but as Corey Vaughan and the 43 previous award winners have demonstrated, they are willing to risk their lives to save others. Today is our opportunity to thank them.”
The accident occurred on a snow-covered Hwy. 69 last December when the northbound minivan lost control, crossed the median and was struck head on by a southbound car. The car went under the minivan propelling it into the air. The van landed on the passenger side and spun around several times before coming to a stop. With superior driving skill, Vaughan managed to avoid the accident and bring his truck to a safe stop so he could get out and help.
Vaughan doused the flames that had broken out in the minivan, and eventually saw a man still alive, trapped in the front seat. He immediately pulled out the front window and, with help from another passer-by, got the man to safety.
“With so many strong candidates it made for a tough decision, but in the end, Mr. Vaughan stood out as the winner,” says Priddle.
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