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Truck driver looking for 911 caller who saved his life after wasp sting on Highway 1

A Saskatchewan truck driver is on a mission to find the young woman he credits with saving his life after he was stung by a wasp.

Ron Liebel, who has been on the road for 53 years but recently retired from trucking, occasionally drives for his brother. 

Last week, he was transporting lentil flour to a pelleting plant in Wolseley from Regina along Highway 1 when he spotted a wasp climbing up his window.

He swatted the wasp, and it descended into the gap between the window and the door before emerging again.

He tried hitting it again and that’s when things got dangerous.

“It was like a sledge hammer hit my hand. Oh, did it hurt. After that, everything went blurry,” Liebel told CBC Radio’s The Afternoon Edition.

Liebel said he went into anaphylactic shock. He felt sweaty, dizzy, and his vision began to blur. He also had trouble breathing and his chest and hand were sore.

“I thought I had stopped on the side of the road but the paramedics said I drove off the road into the median,” Liebel said.

He had fallen between the driver and passenger seats, unable to move. The truck landed in the highway median about six kilometres from Indian Head.

That’s when a young woman who saw what had happened called 911.

“This young lady apparently saw him go into the ditch and tried to arouse him,” said Liebel’s wife, Annette.

“But if it wasn’t for her this would be a totally different outcome,” she said. “If it wasn’t for her, we would be at a funeral. Would someone else have stopped with Ron between the highways? And because she was there as soon as he hit the ditch, that saved his life.”

According to Ron, paramedics told him he didn’t have a pulse when they arrived on scene. They put an oxygen mask on him and he came to. They transported him to the Indian Head Union Hospital for treatment.

The Liebels would like to like to find the woman who called 911. 

“She is a hero in our eyes because Ron wouldn’t be here right now,” Annette said.

They are both hoping they can find her and thank her for her good deed and are asking her to get in touch with them by email.

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ABF Freight Driver Earns 3rd Place at 2017 National Truck Driving Championships

FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ArcBest[1]℠ (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions, is pleased to announce that ABF Freight® driver Tony Spero won third place in the tank truck class at the 2017 National Truck Driving Championships.

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To earn the right to compete in the national competition, drivers must win first place in their class during state competitions. The drivers also must maintain an accident-free driving record for the preceding 12 months.

“Tony is a great example of a trucking professional who is dedicated to making our nation’s highways safer for all drivers,” ABF Freight President Tim Thorne said. “He not only earned the right to compete at nationals by winning first place in the Connecticut tank class, he was Connecticut’s 2017 grand champion and had the highest written test score. We are proud of his accomplishments.”

Spero, of Stratford, Connecticut, has been a professional driver with ABF Freight for 28 years. He previously has been a national champion in the tank truck class (2009) and the flatbed class (2006), and in 2013 placed second at nationals in the tank truck class. Twice, he has been the Connecticut Driver of the Year (2013 and 2004) and is a six-time state grand champion. Since 1999, Spero also has served as a Trucker Buddy[2], which matches professional truck drivers to be pen pals with school-age children. He and his wife, Dee Dee, have two children.

The 2017 National Truck Driving Championships took place Aug. 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.

The National Truck Driving Championships, which dates to 1937, is a competition of professional truck drivers hosted each year by the American Trucking Associations[3]. Drivers undergo a written examination, pre-trip inspection test and a driving skills test. The National Truck Driving Championships and the affiliated state Truck Driving Championships are considered one of the trucking industry’s largest and most effective safety programs.

ABOUT ARCBEST

ArcBest℠ (Nasdaq: ARCB) is a logistics company with creative problem solvers who have The Skill and the Will® to deliver integrated logistics solutions. At ArcBest, We’ll Find a Way to deliver knowledge, expertise and a can-do attitude with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair. For more information, visit arcb.com[4].

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Email: [email protected][5]

Phone: 479-719-4358

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Texas truck driver behind 10 migrants’ death faces death penalty – TRT World

James Matthew Bradley Jr is escorted from a prisoners van before appearing briefly in federal court, authorities found eight men dead in the back of his tractor trailer truck, in a still image from video taken in San Antonio, Texas, US, July 24, 2017. (Reuters) James Matthew Bradley Jr is escorted from a prisoners van before appearing briefly in federal court, authorities found eight men dead in the back of his tractor trailer truck, in a still image from video taken in San Antonio, Texas, US, July 24, 2017. (Reuters)

The driver of a tractor-trailer packed with people illegally entering the United States from Mexico in an alleged human smuggling operation was indicted Wednesday on charges related to the deaths of 10 people inside.

James Matthew Bradley Jr was charged by a federal grand jury in San Antonio on five counts, including illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death, and a separate count of conspiracy to transport immigrants illegally, resulting in death.

Those charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in San Antonio declined to say Wednesday if prosecutors would pursue the death penalty.

One of Bradley’s attorneys did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Bradley was also indicted on two counts related to illegally transporting immigrants resulting in serious bodily injury, and one count of firearm possession by a convicted felon. The indictment alleges Bradley, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to a felony domestic violence case in Colorado, was in possession of a .38-caliber pistol.

San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case on July 23, 2017 in San Antonio. (AP) San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case on July 23, 2017 in San Antonio. (AP)

Crammed inside

At least 39 people were inside the trailer as it drove from the border city of Laredo to San Antonio, about 150 miles (240 kilometres) north. The trailer’s refrigeration system was broken, and investigators said passengers struggled to breathe as the temperature rose to dangerous levels.

One witness said he heard people crying and asking for water.

At least 22 survivors have been released from the hospital and are being held in detention as potential witnesses against Bradley. Two survivors remained hospitalised as of Wednesday.

Four of the survivors testified before the grand jury, Michael McCrum, a San Antonio attorney appointed to represent them, said.

“They came to America wanting just to work, as they could not find a job in Mexico that could support their families. And yet, the circumstances of what happened brought them to this situation,” McCrum said in an email. “They were asked to tell the truth about how they suffered, and they did.”

Investigators have said they believe Bradley was part of a broader conspiracy funding and planning the smuggling operation, though they have not announced any additional arrests or charges.

According to a criminal complaint released in July, Bradley told investigators that the trailer had been sold and he was transporting it for his boss from Iowa to Brownsville, Texas. But said he had driven to Laredo and stopped twice there before driving back to San Antonio, in the opposite direction from Brownsville.

He denied knowing people were inside the trailer. After hearing banging and shaking, he opened the door and was “surprised when he was run over by ‘Spanish’ people and knocked to the ground,” according to the criminal complaint.

The deceased

Most of the people known to have been on board were from Mexico. Others are believed to have fled from the truck after it stopped.

The US Attorney’s office identified eight of the 10 people who died.

Seven were from Mexico: 27-year-old Ruben Hernandez Vargas; 21-year-old Osbaldo Rodriguez Cerda; 26-year-old Jorge Reyes Noveron; 36-year-old Jose Rodriguez Aspeitia; 37-year-old Benjamin Martinez Arredondo; 24-year-old Ricardo Martinez Esparza; and Mariano Lopez Cano, whose age is unknown. Another person, Frank Fuentes, was from Guatemala. A Guatemalan diplomat previously said that Fuentes had been deported and was trying to return to his family in Maryland.

Lopez Cano and Martinez Esparza died at an area hospital.

Another trailer smuggling case, this time in far West Texas. Agents found 20 immigrants in Sierra Blanca. https://t.co/tPBbA5gjK4[1]

— Nomaan Merchant (@NomaanMerchant) August 16, 2017[2]

A continuing problem of human trafficking 

Human smuggling operations often linked to Mexican drug cartels are a problem for law-enforcement along the United States’ southern border.

Border Patrol agents in West Texas found 20 people crammed in a semitrailer just this week, one day after police in the border city of Edinburg discovered 16 people inside another trailer.

Source: AP

References

  1. ^ https://t.co/tPBbA5gjK4 (t.co)
  2. ^ August 16, 2017 (twitter.com)