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Canada Cartage driver helps car crash victim in need


TORONTO, Ont. – Canada Cartage is recognizing one of its drivers after he made a heroic choice to help a crash victim while on duty.

According to the company, on September 23, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., Canada Cartage driver Paul Peiris was travelling along Highway 32 in Eastern Ontario, when he saw a car hit the shoulder and flip twice before landing belly-up off the road.

Peiris stopped his truck across both lanes to block traffic, called 911 and went to the car to see if he cold help the driver. The woman in the car was trapped and the vehicle was starting to smoke, so Peiris tried his best to get her out of car as soon as he could. The doors were jammed. so Peiris broke the window and pulled the woman out of the smoking car and carried her to safety.

Within 10 minutes, an ambulance arrived.

“I’m just glad I was there to witness the accident. If I hadn’t, I’m not sure anyone would have seen the car since it landed some distance from the road on a remote section of the highway,” said Peiris.

“Paul doesn’t think of himself as a hero but we feel differently,” said Jeff Lindsay, president of Canada Cartage. “We are very proud of him and his heroic efforts because we know the outcome could have been very different, if he wasn’t there to help that day.”


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