Linfox driver hailed for multi-vehicle crash assistance

Andrew Hastings becomes newest Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian

Linfox driver hailed for multi-vehicle crash assistance
Andrew Hastings with his award


The actions of Linfox truck driver Andrew Hastings have been commended by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) after he was awarded the latest Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian accolade.

His "actions and compassion" came to the fore at a multi-vehicle crash site in February on Victoria’s Western Freeway.

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, ATA says.

After administering first aid to the man’s wounds until paramedics arrived, he 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," ATA chair Geoff Crouch says.

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

Read Lindsay Transport driver Darren Cooke's highway guardian story, here

Linfox has a commitment to safety under its internal ‘vision ZERO’ initiative, working towards no workplace injuries or motor vehicle incidents, with Hastings leading by example in this area, Linfox Intermodal Victoria road manager Paul Gregory says.

"As a driver, Andrew is safe and law abiding. Andrew takes pride in his job: is always presented well in uniform and gives informative feedback during tool box meetings," Gregory says.   

"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."

Bridgestone Australia & New Zealand managing director Stephen Roche adds: "Andrew Hastings’ story is heart-warming and confronting at the same time.

"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 Australian Trucking Association, Bridgestone aims to shine a light on outstanding members of the trucking industry through the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian honour.


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