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Bennett International Group's Dave Begley Pulls Fellow Driver from Mangled Vehicle

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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017

Contact: Marli Hall, Senior Director, Outreach and Engagement
703-838-1950 or mhall@truckload.org

 

Bennett International Group's Dave Begley
Pulls Fellow Driver from Mangled Vehicle 

Professional truck driver named TCA Highway Angel for helping an injured man until EMS arrived

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –

UABit2s.jpgDave Begley, of Elkhart, Indiana, a professional truck driver for Bennett International Group of McDonough, Georgia, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for assisting a fellow truck driver who had crashed into a wooded area.

On July 12, 2016, Dave was driving west on I-80 near the 51 mile marker at about 1:30 p.m. in Clarion, Indiana, when he heard over the CB that a truck had been in an accident further up the highway. Drivers on the road reported seeing the truck plow off the road into the woods.

 

When Dave arrived on the scene, he pulled over, grabbed his fire extinguisher, and raced to the truck where three other drivers were already trying to help the trapped driver. Acting quickly, Dave was able to help remove the driver from the truck. The cab was so mangled, the rescue drivers had to cut the man free and pull him from the passenger side of the cab. The men carefully helped the injured driver walk from the cab to the shoulder of the road where they administered first aid with supplies provided by a volunteer first responder. Dave and the other drivers cleaned the driver’s cuts and scrapes.

When the ambulance arrived, Dave helped the driver into a neck brace, lifted him onto a board, and then into the ambulance. The injured driver was talking and said that he could not remember how he got from the cab to the shoulder. The EMTs decided that the injured driver needed to be taken to a location where he could be airlifted to a Pittsburgh medical facility about 60 miles away. Sadly, the driver died the next morning from internal injuries. 

For his willingness to assist his fellow driver, TCA has presented Dave with a certificate, patches, lapel pin, and truck decals. Bennett International Group also received a certificate acknowledging Dave Begley as 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 exemplary kindness, courtesy, and courage they have displayed while on the job.

 

 

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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 nearly 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce annual revenue of more than $38 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.

About EpicVue
Salt Lake City-based EpicVue was formed by individuals with years of combined experience in the satellite and television industries. The company offers a TV viewing package specifically designed for commercial fleets. Used as a tool to assist with recruiting, retaining and improving driver quality of life, the EpicVue package brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming, including premium channels such as HBO/Cinemax, SHOWTIME and the NFL Sunday Ticket, into the comfort of a driver’s sleeper for a monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs.

 

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