Professional Truck Driver Helps Saves Woman, Dog After Horrific Crash

02/01/2019

Pottle’s Transportation professional truck driver Brian Snell named TCA Highway Angel 

Alexandria, Virginia: 

Brian Snell of Merrimack, New Hampshire, a professional truck driver for Pottle’s Transportation of Hermon, Maine, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for rescuing a trapped motorist from a crushed vehicle moments before the car caught ablaze and saving a dog who was trapped in second vehicle after owner succumbed to injuries.

On June 8, 2018, Brian Snell was driving along 495 in Westward, MA when he encountered a woman heading the wrong way on the freeway.  Just as Brian realized what was happening, the woman in the oncoming car spun out directly in front of Brian’s truck.  Brian quickly jumped to action.  He came to a stop to block the road and protect the woman’s car because she did not have her lights on.  He then went over and starting trying to resuscitate the woman who he noticed was unconscious.

“I was a paramedic for such a long time that it was second nature for me to start to work on her,” recalls Brian.

Just then, he felt that something wasn’t right. He noticed that her engine was on fire! Acting swiftly, Brian grabbed his fire extinguisher and began extinguishing the flames. He then heard someone yelling that they couldn’t get in to the vehicle, and that’s when Brian realized that the female motorist had hit another car head on before coming to a halt.

Brian ran over and checked the man’s pulse and vitals in the other vehicle, and sadly realized the man has succumbed to his injuries. “The car had crushed him,” recalls Brian. “So as hard as it was to leave his side, I ran back to the woman to continue working on her.”

For what felt like hours later, an ambulance and emergency personnel arrived. Brian helped remove the doors to the woman’s crushed car as she drifted into consciousness. The crew rushed her to the hospital as Brian went back to the deceased man’s car to discover there was a dog inside. “We got the dog to a vet and they were able to save and return the dog to the man’s family, which they were very happy about,” said Brian. He stayed at the accident scene to help extract the man from his vehicle and to load the crushed cars on a tow truck.

Brian later learned that the female motorist was heavily intoxicated and was charged with vehicular homicide. “It’s devastating to know she killed an innocent man,” he said. “But I also know she will unfortunately now have to pay for that the rest of her life.”

This isn’t the first time Brian has completed a heroic deed. Upon exiting the Marine Corps in 1992, he worked for many years as a paramedic and was a rescue worker on September 11, 2001 at Ground Zero. Unfortunately he lost a lung during those recoveries and could no longer serve in law enforcement. As he still had the urge to help others, Brian started a volunteer fire department as well as started his career in the trucking industry.

“I’m like a magnet to this kind of thing. I’ve probably stopped at eight different accidents since I helped save this woman last Summer, he shared. “It’s either a blessing or a curse that I’m around often for this kind of thing. Unfortunately the world is getting crazier out here, so I’m always alert and help when I’m needed. Never thought I needed an award or recognition for that,” said Brian, graciously.

For his willingness to assist a fellow citizen, TCA has presented Snell with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Pottle’s Transportation also received a certificate acknowledging their driver 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.