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Truck Driver Michael Hunt Presented with “2009 Highway Angel of the Year Award” during Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl
Yesterday, during Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl at Boise State University’s Bronco Stadium, professional truck driver Michael Hunt stood before a crowd of 34,000 football fans and was presented with the “2009 Highway Angel of the Year” trophy. This marked the second time that a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel has been thus honored during this highly publicized, post-season, NCAA-sanctioned, Division I FBS college football game.
The trophy was presented to Hunt in the end zone by TCA Chairman Kevin Burch, President Chris Burruss, and representatives from Roady’s Truck Stops, the Humanitarian Bowl, and Internet Truck Stop. During the presentation, bowl watchers learned how Michael Hunt, a former truck driver for Mail Contractors of America of Little Rock, Arkansas, and now an owner-operator, helped to save a life at the scene of an otherwise fatal accident.
Hunt was driving his tractor-trailer at approximately 2:20 a.m. when he came across a two-car collision that had just occurred on NC 24 near Spring Lake, North Carolina. Two vehicles were involved in the crash, and had come to rest within five feet of each other. Initially, Hunt attempted to put out the flames on one of the vehicles with his fire extinguisher. But the blaze was too strong, and that driver perished. Realizing that the second driver was still alive, Hunt used his own tractor-trailer to push the vehicle away from the fire, receiving damage to his own vehicle in the process. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later honored Hunt with an award for valor.
“It was an honor to witness, as TCA's chairman, Michael Hunt being named, ‘Highway Angel of the Year,’ said Kevin Burch, who is also the president of Jet Express, Inc., of Dayton, Ohio. “It was especially gratifying to see his actions celebrated at a bowl event, where he could be thanked by the public he serves.”
Hunt was selected as Highway Angel of the Year by a subcommittee of the TCA Communications & Image Policy Committee, which ranked his good deed against those of the other Angels named in 2009. The subcommittee utilized a scorecard of criteria, such as how many other motorists stopped to help, the degree of difficulty for the good deed performed, and information provided by highway officials and incident bystanders.