, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

March 20, 2010

Local trucker hailed as a 'highway hero'

A Gloucester trucker is among the finalists for the 27th annual Goodyear North America "Highway Hero" Award.

Stephen Page, who works for Pit Bull Trucking, was driving along Interstate 80 near Clearfield, Pa., when he spotted a fire in the woods alongside the roadway, according to the award organizers.

He and another driver stopped, then ran into the woods to find the burning wreckage of a double-unit rig that had gone nearly 1,500 feet off the highway.

Upon reaching the driver of the truck, Page first believed the driver was dead — but then realized he had lost consciousness. With the cab getting hotter by the second, Page and the other driver struggled to remove the victim.

Finally, with the help of two more truckers who had stopped, the injured driver was removed before the tractor and trailer were completely destroyed by fire.

Page stayed with the injured driver, talking with him as he drifted in and out of consciousness. ¬¬†With severe burns, the man was eventually flown to a hospital. And while the injured driver has a long road to recovery, he is alive — thanks to the lifesaving efforts of Page and his fellow rescuers.

Journalists who cover the trucking industry are now voting on the finalists, who will be featured March 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

One driver will be named the 2009 Goodyear North America Highway Hero at the Truck Writers of North America Annual Banquet and receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, a plaque and a specially designed ring.

The other finalists will receive a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond and plaque.

JROTC on parade today at GHS

Gloucester High School's award-winning JROTC program will be playing a double role today — both hosting and competing in the JROTC's Region 1 Championships at the school's Benjamin A. Smith Field House.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage