Professional Truck Driver Shields Inoperable Vehicles, Assists Motorists After Downed Tree Destroys Vehicles

01/11/2019

Matthew Kondrick named TCA Highway Angel  

Alexandria, Virginia: 

Matthew Kondrick of Sacramento, California, a professional truck driver formerly with Melton Truck Lines, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). He is being recognized for not only shielding crashed vehicles but also assisted occupants that were trapped.

In July, Kondrick was driving in a heavy rain and wind storm. “I saw that several trucks were starting to break up ahead of me,” he recalled. “And then I noticed that a tree had come down and crushed two cars in front of me.” Acting swiftly, Kondrick safely pulled his truck over to block approaching vehicles from the inoperable cars.

Without a moment to spare, he grabbed his tools and quickly ran to check on the occupants. As he approached the first vehicle, the roof was completely gone. Kondrick noticed additional vehicles approaching the scene. “I told the [drivers] to all put on their lights so that we didn’t have a pile up,” he shared.

Once peering inside the first car, he found a woman and her daughter, both visibly shaken but coherent. “I assured the passengers that everything was going to be alright, and then used my spotlights to secure the area until law enforcement arrived,” said Kondrick. In the second car, he discovered a man, along with a Bassett Hound.

While awaiting emergency personnel, Kondrick retrieved a soda from his cab as well as dog bones as he has a dog in the truck. As a former firefighter, helping others comes naturally to him.

The Truckload Carriers Association proudly salutes Kondrick for his selfless act of kindness. For his willingness to assist motorists in need, TCA has presented him with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decals. Melton Truck Lines, Inc. also received a certificate acknowledging him 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.