SASKATOON, Sask. — The heroic actions of two more N. Yanke Transfer drivers have caught the attention of the US-based Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), earning them recognition as Highway Angels.
Team drivers Jason Siddons and Paul Farrell were recognized for assisting two brothers who were injured when their pick-up truck swerved off the road in November, 2008. The accident happened in northern Ontario while Siddons was behind the wheel and Farrell slept in the bunk. Siddons noticed the truck, which had rolled over and come to rest on its wheels. Its occupants appeared to be trying to escape the wreckage.
Siddons woke Farrell up and they ran to the pick-up truck to find one of its occupants was badly bleeding. Farrell helped stop the bleeding while Siddons called for help. The professional drivers then remained at the scene until help arrived.
It was later revealed the two men were taking turns driving on their way home from a funeral when the one driver fell asleep at the wheel. They said if it wasn’t for the actions of the N. Yanke Transfer drivers, the driver who was most severely injured may not have survived.
When told of the Highway Angels recognition, Siddons said “We didn’t do it for any special recognition. It’s just second nature for us to stop and help. When you see someone in trouble, you help them.”
They’ll both receive a Highway Angels lapel pin, certificate and patch for their efforts. Another N. Yanke Transfer driver, Richard Rossnagel was recognized as a TCA Highway Angel recently for his heroic actions last December.
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