Bill Bowering, a truck driver for H.O. Wolding Inc. (H.O.W) of Amherst, Wis., was named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel for steadfast bravery and compassion in the face of a deadly rollover car accident. On April 28 at about 3 p.m., Bowering was driving southbound on 1nterstate 57 near Mattoon, Ill., when a vehicle with three young women in it passed him on the left hand side. As it reentered the right lane, the driver hit a pothole, apparently overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and slid into the ditch.
Bowering pulled his truck over, got out and ran over to the wrecked vehicle to assist. Many other vehicles passed by the crash, but none of them stopped. When he arrived, he found two women climbing out of the wreck with another woman still trapped inside. He entered the vehicle at risk to his life and took her pulse but could not find one. He also checked for signs of breathing, but again, there were none. Finally, another driver stopped who was a paramedic, and he took over care of the woman in the car, who had been killed. Bowering, who then was able to turn his attention to the other two women, did his best to console them and ease their grief until authorities arrived on the scene.
For his valiant efforts, Bowering received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch in confirmation of the Good Samaritan deed he performed while on the job. H.O. Wolding also received a certificate acknowledging that Bowering was named a Highway Angel.