The Truckload Carriers Association has named Terry Niederer, a professional truck driver for Doug Andrus Distributing, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, as its latest Highway Angel. On Dec. 16, 2008, Niederer was traveling on an extremely icy Interstate 15 between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in Idaho. Suddenly, two motorists began sliding sideways down the middle of the road toward him.
Rather than hit the motorists, Niederer chose to run his rig down a steep incline into the median, putting himself and his rig in danger of flipping over. The couple was grateful and credits Niederer for saving their lives. One of the motorists wrote a letter to Niederer through his company, stating: “We are so sorry for the inconvenience and cost that was involved in your wreck, but we and our family will be eternally grateful to you. You are truly our hero.”