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Good Samaritan helps stranded trucker

A Column by the Editor
web 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 telephone.


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