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Compassionate driver honoured with Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian title

A Linfox truck driver has been named a Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) following his remarkable actions and compassion at a multi-vehicle crash site in February.

Andrew Hastings was travelling west on Victoria’s Western Freeway when he came across the collision between two passenger vehicles.

As the first on the scene, he immediately used his fire extinguisher to suppress flames and aid an injured woman out of her car, before rushing to the aid of the severely injured driver of the other vehicle.

After administering first aid to the man’s wounds until paramedics arrived, Mr Hastings then pried open the passenger door in order to sit with and comfort the driver while he received treatment.

“Andrew Hastings’ actions are the definition of going above and beyond the call of duty, and he is undoubtedly a deserving recipient of the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian title,” said ATA Chairman, Geoff Crouch.

“It’s in the face of adversity that we see the true gems of our industry,” he said. “The Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian accolade is a fitting way to recognise these incredible individuals.”

Linfox has a commitment to safety under its internal ‘vision ZERO’ initiative, working towards no workplace injuries or motor vehicle incidents. According to Victoria Road Manager at Linfox Intermodal, Paul Gregory. He added that Hastings leads by example in this area.

“As a driver, Andrew is safe and law abiding,” said Gregory.

“Andrew takes pride in his job: is always presented well in uniform and gives informative feedback during tool box meetings.   

“Andrew’s aspirations are to become a driver trainer. His eagerness has already been demonstrated and clearly there is a care factor for his peers,” he said.

According to Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Stephen Roche, Hastings’ actions are worthy of significant praise. 

“Andrew Hastings’ story is heart-warming and confronting at the same time,” he said. “His actions go well beyond his job description, and the level of compassion that he showed is nothing short of incredible. We are honoured to recognise him with the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian title.”

Together with the ATA, Bridgestone aims to shine a light on outstanding members of the trucking industry through the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian honour.

In April, Lindsay Transport driver, Darren Cooke, received a Bandag Highway Guardian award for his heroic roadside assistance.

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