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For Immediate Release
February 9, 2016

Contact: Deborah Sparks, Vice President, Development
(703) 838-1950 or dsparks@truckload.org


Highway Angel Helps Professional Truck Driver Escape Burning Truck




Roadrunner Expedite driver helps a fellow driver whose trailer catches fire


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Edward Wilcher of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a professional truck driver for Roadrunner Expedite, of Belleville, Michigan, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for helping another professional truck driver escape from his burning truck.


3192891455034964610.jpgOn August 20, 2015, Wilcher had just parked after picking up his truck from the mechanic at Love's truck stop in Joplin, Missouri.  He heard a horn blowing and yelling outside so he looked out to see what the commotion was. He saw flames several feet high coming out of the refrigerator trailer portion of the truck that was parked next to him.  His first instinct was to move his truck so it wouldn’t catch fire but he quickly realized the truck that was currently on fire was closed up. No one was exiting the truck.  “I ran to the truck and started beating on the windows and yelling to wake up the other driver to warn him of the fire. I about busted the window out,” stated Wilcher.  The driver finally woke up and jumped out the passenger window “with seconds to spare,” according to a story published on St. Joe Channel.com.


After Wilcher knew the driver was safe, he ran around to get back in his truck and move it.   As he was pulling away, the other man's trailer exploded and caved in the sleeper berth where the driver had just been moments prior.  Wilcher keeps in touch with the other driver, who is very grateful for Wilcher coming to his rescue.    


Wilcher, has been a professional truck driver for 27 years and enjoys getting to travel the country and be his own boss. 


For his willingness to help, TCA has presented Wilcher with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Roadrunner Expedite also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.


EpicVue sponsors TCA’s Highway Angel program. Since the program’s inception in August 1997, hundreds of drivers have been recognized as Highway Angels for the unusual kindness, courtesy, and courage they have shown others while on the job.


To nominate a driver or learn more about the program and its honorees, visit the Highway Angel Web page at http://www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel or Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/tcanews. For additional information, contact TCA at (703) 838-1950 or angel@truckload.org.



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TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states, as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of more than 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

In 2013, EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the trucking and satellite television industries. With the understanding that television often fulfills the human need for connection and helps to counteract loneliness on the road or feelings of isolation, EpicVue designed a TV viewing package specifically for commercial fleets. The EpicVue satellite TV package is now used by many over-the-road truckload carriers as a successful recruiting and retention tool for drivers.



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