The Truckload Carriers Association announced that Pegasus Transportation professional driver Bryan Blair has been named a Highway Angel. On May 26 at about 11 p.m., Blair was driving on the ramp from Interstate 265 South onto I-65 South; in front of him was a flatbed hauling a huge coil of steel.
When the driver took the turn too quickly, his load shifted, causing the chains to snap. The coil rolled off, and the entire vehicle flipped over. Blair pulled to the side, called 911, got his flashlight and went to check on the driver. He was conscious but injured, and his vehicle was leaking diesel fuel. Blair pried open the door and pulled the injured man out of his truck to safety, staying with him until emergency personnel arrived.
“Flatbeds can be dangerous because you can’t get the exact center of gravity sometimes,” said Blair, who has driven trucks for about seven years. “I’d help anyone – it’s just the way I am. If something would have happened [to ignite the diesel fuel], he needed to be out of the way.”
For his efforts that day, Blair has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate and patch. Louisville, Ky.-based Pegasus Transportation also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.