DOUG ANDRUS DISTRIBUTING DRIVER EARNS TCA HIGHWAY ANGEL WINGS FOR QUICK ACTIONS
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Terry Niederer, a professional truck driver for Doug Andrus Distributing, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, as its latest Highway Angel.
On December 16, 2008, Niederer was traveling on I-15 between Idaho Falls and Blackfoot in Idaho. The road was extremely icy. 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 very 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.”
For going above and beyond in the course of his job as a truck driver, Niederer has received a Highway Angel lapel pin, certificate, and patch. His company also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel.
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.