Heroic Bison Transport driver earns Highway Angel wings

Truck News

Mar 5, 2017

WINNIPEG, Man. — Bison Transport driver John Lilley has been named a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for his help at the scene of a bad accident and his efforts to save the life of one of the victims.   On Dec. 11, around 2:30 p.m., Kelowna, B.C.-based Lilley was on his way to deliver a load when he got stuck in a long line of traffic headed westbound on Highway 3 between Revelstoke and Golden, B.C. An accident up ahead was preventing traffic from moving.   Over the CB radio, Lilley heard a request for volunteers with medical training. With 23 years of experience as a volunteer search and rescue medical technician for Kelowna Emergency Services, Lilley immediately responded. A police officer picked him up and took him to the accident scene, where he saw that the driver of a four-door passenger vehicle had lost control while entering a tunnel. He had slammed into another vehicle head-on. The collision tore the side of the car wide open, from the front headlight to the back door. There were five people in the car.   Lilley was asked to focus on the driver, who was bleeding both internally and externally. Because of the dense fog, it took about 40 minutes for authorities to land a helicopter at the scene. During this time, Lilley continuously checked the man’s vital signs and did his best to maintain the man’s weakening pulse. Despite Lilley’s best efforts, the driver succumbed to his injuries.   “I tried everything I possibly could,” Lilley said later. “I don’t regret what I tried. I know I did my best.”   For his attempt to save a life, Lilley was presented with a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. Bison Transport also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.   The Highway Angel program is sponsored for TCA by Internet Truckstop. 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. TCA receives letters and e-mails from people across North America nominating truck drivers for the program.   ### Read the original article here.
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.”       https://www.truckinginfo.com/326830/nussbaum-prime-named-best-overall-in-tcas-best-fleets-to-drive-for