Four Alabama Department of Transportation employees were recognized by the department today “for their quick and selfless response” during a fiery tractor-trailer crash July 26 on Interstate 65 in Limestone County.
Alabama Welcome Center staff members John McKinney, Michael Cain, Vickie McGee and Paul Pointer were recognized as Employees of the Quarter for ALDOT’s North Region during a ceremony at the central office in Montgomery.
Transportation Director John Cooper said the staff members reacted without hesitation after a southbound tractor-trailer crashed into the median guardrail on I-65 near the welcome center at Ardmore.
McKinney and Cain used a fire extinguisher to break the passenger side window and pull the trapped driver from the cab as flames engulfed the vehicle. McGee and Pointer assisted with traffic control until law enforcement arrived on scene.
“It burned so quickly, and these guys moved so fast to get him out of there. Had they not, that guy would have burned up,” said McGee, Welcome Center supervisor. “I’m very proud of these guys.”
McGee also expressed gratitude toward several unidentified passersby who stopped to assist during the incident.