Professional Truck Driver Recognized for Rescuing Trapped Motorist After Crash 


TCA Names Wayne Plunkett a Highway Angel for his Efforts

Alexandria, Virginia:

Wayne Plunkett of West Point, Mississippi, a professional truck driver for Ruan Transportation Management Systems of Des Moines, Iowa, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for rescuing a woman trapped in her vehicle following a crash.

On July 30, 2018, Plunkett had just dropped off a tanker at the Ruan depot in Columbus and was driving onto Highway 82. Just then, Wayne noticed a pickup truck cross two lanes of traffic at a high rate of speed. The motorist crashed into a cable-wire guard rail, and Plunkett saw the vehicle begin to smoke heavily while on the major highway. Without hesitation, he stopped to help. Acting swiftly, Plunkett grabbed his fire extinguisher to prevent the truck from burning as the motorist was trapped inside. Other motorists who stopped to help weren’t able to open the vehicle’s doors to extract the driver — a woman in her 70s — so Plunkett used the fire extinguisher to break the back window. A short time later, emergency personnel arrived and took the woman to the hospital. Plunkett says he heard she had a medical issue of some kind.

Plunkett has logged over 3 million miles of safe driving. He’s been driving for Ruan for 20 years and says he is thankful for the ongoing safety training the company provides its drivers. “They focus 110 percent on safety and keep us up to date on safety procedures,” he says. “It’s something you hope you never have to use, but if you do, you’re prepared. I’m glad I could help that day.”

For his efforts in rescuing an accident victim, TCA has presented Plunkett with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Ruan Transportation Management Systems also received a certificate acknowledging their driver as a Highway Angel. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job. EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program.