In the early morning hours of January 10, 2013, D&W Truck Lines driver Rodney M. Ross was traveling along Route 92 in Elkins, West Virginia.
At the same time, Lt. D.E. Johnson was responding to a single-car crash on downhill, blind turn Route 92. Johnson had the crash victim get into his patrol car and off of the roadway. That’s when he looked in his rear-view mirror and noticed Ross’ truck sliding his way.
Ross rounded the curve and saw the police cruiser in his lane.
“Ross was able to move into the opposing lane to avoid hitting the cruiser. Both the cruiser and the truck ended up [driving] down the hill, side by side, until the cruiser overtook the truck and allowed Ross to pull back into his own lane,” the Intermountain reported.
Johnson said Ross’ quick thinking likely saved them from injury while putting himself in danger by going into the opposing lane.
“Johnson said the other lane was directly next to a steep embankment, and Ross could have been injured in an accident if he had not been able to control his vehicle,” the Intermountain reported.
On Tuesday, Johnson awarded a plaque to Ross that read, “West Virginia State Police Award of Recognition presented to Rodney M. Ross of D&W Truck Lines, Inc. in recognition of your actions on Jan. 10, 2013 on W.Va. Rt. 92 which prevented a potentially devastating traffic accident.”