- 2001 Highway Hero
Driver's Skill and Bravery Recognised by Highway Heroes Award
An outstanding piece of driving to avoid driving his B-train over a two car
accident scene and then rendering assistance that is attributed with saving the
driver's life and a passenger from further injury has earned Kaiapoi driver
Kevin McEntee the Beaurepaires Highway Heroes Award for 2001.
The incident happened in darkness near Dunsandel, South Canterbury. For his
actions, skill and bravery, McEntee receives the Beaurepaires Highway Hero
plaque plus a cheque for $5000.
"Truck, bus and coach drivers are often maligned by other road users and this
programme is about recognising some of the unsung deeds they perform for the
benefit of other road users, frequently at considerable personal risk, " Wayne
Johnston, Beaurepaires manager sales and marketing operations said.
"There were eight very worthy nominees for this year's award, highlighting the
fact that commercial drivers play a very important role in helping keep the
roads safe or helping others in need.
"In almost every case the drivers were nominated for actions they took to avoid
injury to other road users after situations created by other motorists."
The nominations this year have included:
A bus driver who steered his bus full of tourists into a paddock in South
Canterbury after being hit by a car, his skill minimising the injury to
A logging truck driver whose truck hit two big round bales of hay dropped off a
passing vehicle, who then wrestled his loaded rig out of the path on an
oncoming van full of people
A driver who's quick thinking helped save the life of a man trapped in a rolled
A driver who, in thick fog, used his truck to help slow traffic ahead of an
accident scene, after first helping police with an injured driver
A driver who used his vehicle to shield an elderly driver from an inevitable
crash. The driver had become confused at traffic islands in very heavy rain and
was driving into oncoming traffic
A logging truck driver whose quick reactions avoided colliding with a school
bus full of children which turned across his path without signalling
A driver who ditched and rolled his logging truck to avoid an oncoming vehicle
on which the steering had failed and which was drifting directly into his path.
Run in conjunction with the New Zealand Police, Land Transport Safety Authority
and NZ Trucking magazine, the Highway Heroes programme is open to any
professional truck or coach driver who performs a brave, heroic or humanitarian
act in the course of their work.
"We have been delighted by the level of response from the public and the
transport industry," Mr Johnston said. "Nominations for the 2001 award closed
on September 30. Since then we have received several more nominations that will
go forward for the 2002 Award."
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