Bison Transport’s Jason Levreault named TCA Highway Angel for helping another trucker


Sep 17, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jason Levreault of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, as its latest Highway Angel.   Levreault, a professional truck driver for Bison Transport of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is being recognized for helping a fellow professional driver after he witnessed a serious accident.   In the cold, early morning hours of February 17, Levreault was heading east of Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Canada, when he saw a cloud of dust in front of him. He realized that something bad had just happened and immediately pulled over. He discovered that a tractor-trailer had hit another tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the highway and had come to rest across the median.   Thinking quickly, Levreault sprung into action. First, he called 911. Then, he checked on the first driver, who seemed fine.  He ran to the other tractor-trailer and saw that its engine was separated from the cab and had significant damage.   “I yelled to see if everyone was OK and was relieved when I heard the driver yell back,” Levreault said.   The driver was conscious, but had cuts on his head and hands.   “I told the driver that help was on the way, and I started delegating jobs to keep everyone else who was involved busy so they wouldn’t think about what had just happened.” Lereault stayed with the injured driver until help arrived.   Because of the cold temperatures that early morning, Levreault ended up with frostbite on his right hand after touching the truck while helping the injured driver.  He credits the training he received from a previous first aid class and an airport security job for helping him to think and act quickly.   For helping at the scene of the accident, TCA has presented Levreault with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Bison Transport also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.   TCA’s Highway Angel program is sponsored by EpicVue. 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.   The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at   Find more news and analysis from The Trucker, and share your thoughts, on Facebook.
Nussbaum Transportation and Prime Inc., were named the Best Overall Fleet in their respective categories in the Truckload Carriers Associations’ 2019 Best Fleets to Drive For Contest.   Hudson, Illinois-based Nussbaum took top honors in the small carrier category and Springfield, Missouri-based Prime received the honor for the large carrier category. Prime and Nussbaum have both been named to the Best Fleets Top 20 multiple times, but are winning the overall award for the first time.   Nussbaum operates a fleet of 400 tractors, combining both high- and low-tech solutions to create a balance across its programs. The company scored high in several categories including having an industry leading scorecard and mobile app, a simple, effective driver outreach schedule and a formal career path and certification program.   Prime’s fleet includes 7,200 tractors, but was noted for maintaining a personal touch despite it’s size. The company hosts a variety of committees, social groups and educational offerings, providing contractors with a range of options for personal and professional development. New for this year, the company implemented a new program in partnership with Missouri Good Dads, to help drivers build and strengthen family connections while away on the road.   Both companies were also noted for their safety and retention numbers as well as satisfaction scores well above 90%.   “For several years, these fleets have been catching our eye with their range of creative programs,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge chief executive officer. “Each year they continue to expand on those offerings, so it’s easy to see why their drivers speak so highly of them, and why they’re achieving such stellar results.”   Best Fleets to Drive For is an annual survey, now in its 11th year, that recognizes North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experience for their drivers. To participate, fleets must be nominated by a company driver or independent contractor working with them, after which they are evaluated across a broad range of categories reflecting current best practices in human resources.   From the nominated fleets, the top 20 finishers are identified as the Best Fleets to Drive For and are then categorized according to size. The highest scoring fleet in each category is named the overall winner.   The Best Fleets to Drive For survey and contest is open to any fleet operating 10 or more trucks, regardless of TCA membership status. Nominated fleets are evaluated in areas such as: Driver compensation, pension and benefits, professional development, driver and community support, and safety record. The award is offered in partnership with CarriersEdge and is co-sponsored by DMC Insurance and EpicVue.   “Year after year, the overall winners are truly changing the game,” said John Lyboldt, TCA president. “It’s imperative that fleets establish driver-centric offerings which attract and retain a skilled workforce, while establishing programs that improve the work-life balance for their employees. Prime Inc. and Nussbaum Transportation have done just that. Congratulations to both winners on this well-deserved honor.”