ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association, Volvo Trucks North America and Petro Stopping Centers have named James Csire the most recent Highway Angel.
Recognized for his kindness and assistance at the scene of an accident — and for his expert driving skills, which prevented a serious multi-vehicle accident — Csire drives for Guelph-based MacKinnon Transport.
While driving on I-75 near Tifton, Ga., he received a warning over the CB about a red mustang that was, “driving crazy.” He checked his rear-view and saw a van coming onto the highway between his rig and the speeding mustang.
While the van was moving past Csire’s truck, the process was taking too long for the driver of the sports car, who decided to pass both vehicle by moving out onto the grassy median. An unexpected patch of wet grass then spun the car and shot it back on the highway and right under Csire’s trailer.
“… (He) hit the tire carrier and busted my airlines,” says the heroic trucker. ” When he went underneath my trailer, he must have ducked down … all you could see was the motor,” as the car came back out.
The car shot out and across the median and hit another vehicle head on, forcing two other vehicles off the road. But, Csire — even though his wheels had locked up — managed to get his truck stopped safely without hitting the above mentioned van.
The woman driving, who was also transporting her three daughters at the time, says to Csire’s fleet, “You should be very proud to have a driver of his caliber representing your company.”
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