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Good Samaritan helps stranded trucker
A Column by the Editor
posted October 27, 2009
COLUMN – Out of tragedy there often
comes a glimpse of kindness. Such was the case on Monday following the
fatal crash at the trestle in Edgefield.
The tractor-trailer driver
involved in the crash was taken to the parking lot of the abandoned
Star Fibers plant so repairs could be made to his trailer. A section of
the rear left lighting housing was torn off in the collision. Several
calls for assistance were placed finding no one able to assist.
It was then, by accident, a Good Samaritan was found. While trying to
call a local shop, officials misdialed and reached Drew Turner, who
said he would be right over.
He arrived a short time later and spent most of the day cutting angle
iron, drilling holes, placing bolts and repairing the trailer so the
driver could return to his home in Texas. The truck could not be moved
until the repairs were made according to the SC Department of
Transportation and State Transportation Police.
When finished, Mr. Turner refused payment for his work. The entire time
he worked he never even gave his name; he just went to work knowing the
tragic event that brought him to the aid of the trucker who was
emotionally devastated and just wanted to get back home.
It was ironic in a way. The one that was not supposed to be called to
help was the one that answered the call to help, when all others were
unavailable. Perhaps Mr. Turner was “called” to help, just not by
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