On March 19, 2009 we published a brief post about the four finalists for Goodyear’s Highway Hero award. Here we follow-up with one of the finalists, Jorge Orozco-Sanchez, as he recently got back on the road.
Eight months ago Jorge Orozco-Sanchez came face to face with every trucker’s nightmare; an oncoming vehicle in his lane. The terrible accident that ensued occurred when an SUV drifted in front of his 18-wheeler on a two-lane highway near Lucern, Colorado. Amazingly, Orozco-Sanchez was able to climb from his cab in time to pull two young children from the burning wreckage.
In the following months Orozco-Sanchez struggled to overcome the accident. In addition to the haunting memory, the crash totaled his truck and left him out of work. However, as news of his situation spread, aid soon came to the heroic driver. Financial assistance has allowed Orozco-Sanchez to begin making payments on a used rig, as well as cover insurance, and Goodyear donated 18 new tires.
Now, less than a year after the accident, Orozco-Sanchez is back on the road. Although the emotion of being behind the wheel for the first time was overwhelming, he says he is “very happy, excited. Very thankful to all the folks who helped me get back on the road.”
Through it all Orozco-Sanchez insists that he is not a hero, just a person in the right place at the right time. Click here for more on this story.