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Canadian trucker named Highway Angel for roadside heroics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A Canadian truck driver has been named a Highway Angel for assisting the victims of an overturne...

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Canadian truck driver has been named a Highway Angel for assisting the victims of an overturned SUV. The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has honoured Richard, a driver with N. Yanke Transfer in Saskatoon, Sask., for showing “unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage” while on the job Dec. 27.


Rossnagel was heading out of Emo, Ont. on Highway 71, when an SUV passed him and another tractor-trailer. Just after passing them on the icy road, the driver of the SUV lost control, overcorrected, hit a snowbank and swerved off the highway into an icy ditch. The vehicle flipped onto its roof and slid another 15-25 feet before finally coming to a stop, according to reports. Rossnagel and the other truck driver both stopped to help. Inside, they found a mother and daughter, both still strapped into their seatbelts; shaken, but with no serious injuries.


Rossnagel helped them climb out of the SUV through the passenger side window and then contacted his terminal dispatcher to request that authorities be sent to the scene. “The two women were very lucky to get out with no fatalities, let alone both unhurt,” Rossnagel wrote in an emergency message to his dispatcher. “The highway is like a skating rink… a solid sheet of ice.”


He and the other truck driver remained with the two women until the police arrived, followed by an ambulance, which took both victims to the hospital for examination.


For his efforts, Rossnagel received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch for his efforts. N. Yanke Transfer also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.


Rossnagel has earned something of a reputation for helping fellow motorists over the past few years, having assisted with two car fires and an elderly couple whose car was leaking fuel. “I’m forever helping people,” he said. “I enjoy it very much.”

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