Mississauga, Ontario – A truck driver who tried to save another driver following a collision with a train has been named as the recipient of the 2010 Bridgestone Canadian Truck Hero Award. Jamie MacFarlane of Cambridge, Ontario was honoured for his selfless effort to assist a fellow driver last June.
The award is given annually to recognize professional truck drivers who have demonstrated courage, quick thinking and integrity in the face of an emergency.
MacFarlane was recognized for his actions during a train and truck crash that took place on June 17, 2010 near Baden, Ontario. As he was travelling behind a dump truck, approaching a set of train tracks, the truck was struck by a passenger train. MacFarlane broke the windshield to assist the badly injured driver while using his cell phone to call for help. He administered first aid until emergency vehicles arrived. The driver was airlifted to hospital but later died of his injuries.
MacFarlane, who drives for Top of the Hill Aggregates in Baden, received a $3,000 cheque and crystal trophy. The award also includes $3,000 that is donated to the charity of the winner’s choice. Kim Douglas, wife of the late driver, was on hand during the ceremony and MacFarlane asked that the money go to the Douglas family.