Daring Deputy Rescues Runaway Truckby Jana Ritter - Published: 12/18/2015
A middle aged sheriff’s deputy in Madison County, Nebraska took on the role of Hollywood stuntman when he ran across the highway, jumped into a runaway semitrailer and pulled it to stop before it crashed into a busy viaduct bridge up the road. It was a split second decision that Deputy Todd Volk is saying, “was stupid” in retrospect, but has heralded him a hero since the dash cam video of his stunt has since gone viral. (watch the video here).
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The incident occurred on December 2, when Madison County Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a reckless tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 81 heading towards Norfolk. When they caught up with the semi and alerted their sirens for the truck driver to pull over, the truck only continued on its reckless path. Then Volk says they realized the truck driver appeared to be passed out at the wheel and it was later determined he had suffered a diabetic reaction. Not only was Volk concerned about the big rig endangering the lives of other motorists, but it was also heading towards a busy viaduct bridge and he was worried it would crash right off the edge.
At this point the truck was rolling along at about 20 miles per hour and Volk decided there was a chance he could match its speed on foot. "I just had the perfect angle. There's not much speed left in me, but that was just at the right angle for doing that," Volk explains. In a daredevil move made for action movies, the sergeant launched himself out of his Sheriff’s vehicle parked on the left shoulder of the road and ran across the highway and then jumped onto the step of the moving tractor. “You know, there's a little bit going through my head, when I approach it, like, basically this is stupid.” But fortunately Volk was able to keep his balance, while opening the driver’s door and quickly maneuvered the big rig to a stop. It turned to be a smart decision that prevented a devastating crash, saving the truck driver’s life and potentially other motorists.
Since the video has gone viral, Volk says his colleagues have been celebrating his new super hero status. "They've been having a lot of fun with pictures and doing a little bit of, well just having too much fun with me," Volk said. He admits that it was definitely the craziest thing he's done on the job. When asked about the truck driver's condition, Volk is happy to report that he’s doing well and is very grateful for the rescue.