Bill Bowering, Fulton, NY native and professional Class A CDL truck driver for H.O. Wolding, Inc. (H.O.W) of Amherst, WI, was named a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for steadfast bravery and compassion in the face of a deadly rollover car accident.
On April 28, 2010, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Bowering was driving southbound on 1-57 near Mattoon, Illinois, when a vehicle with three young women in it, passed him on the left hand side. As it reentered the right lane, the driver hit a pothole, apparently overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and slid into the ditch.
Bowering pulled his truck over, got out and ran over to the wrecked vehicle to assist. Many other vehicles passed by the crash but none of them stopped. When he arrived, he found two women climbing out of the wreck with another woman still trapped inside. He entered the vehicle at risk to his life and took her pulse but could not find one. He also checked for signs of breathing, but again, there were none.
Finally, another driver stopped who was a paramedic and he took over care of the woman in the car. Bowering then was able to turn his attention to the other two women. He did his best to console them and ease their grief until authorities arrived on the scene.
Bill was still shaken when he recounted details of the accident to his H.O.W Driver Manager, Deb Senechal. According to Deb, when Bill related to her what had happened, all he could think about was, “I was too late. I couldn’t do anything about the driver.” Deb said she told him, “You did your best and tried everything you could to save her and that is all you can do. If you could have done any more, you would have.”
Deb, who nominated Bill for the Highway Angel award, describes him as an “all-around nice guy and very modest.” Deb further states, “I am very proud of Bill and it is an honor to work with him. Although Bill is very humble about his efforts, he should feel proud of his actions. His heroics, affirmed through this award are truly inspiring.”
Marc Wolding, Vice-President of Operations shared these comments, “We are very proud that one of our drivers had the foresight to react so courageously in the face of such a severe, life threatening accident. Bill Bowering is to be commended on his quick thinking and his ability to handle the situation with strength and determination.”
No stranger to fame, Bill stepped into the spotlight last year at the renowned Talent Quest singing contest, by advancing through local, state, regional and national levels to proceed to the Final Five round, where he won Third Place, 2009 Male Country/Western Singer. His performances may be viewed on YouTube, www.youtube.com, by searching on Bill Bowering.
To learn more about the Highway Angel program, the driver nomination process or to view past press releases, visit www.truckload.org/Highway-Angel.