In early May, Melton Truck Lines driver, Mack Parks was driving on I-65 near Franklin, Indiana when he noticed a truck hauling a camper trailer that was on fire. The fire was on the back of the camper and the driver of the truck did not seem to notice the fire. Mack saw this and maneuvered next to the truck to warn the driver of the impending danger. The driver did not notice Mack’s attempt to get his attention. After a few more tries, Mack finally got the driver to pull onto the shoulder of the road. Mack followed suit. Once Mack was safely on the side of the road, he raced over to the vehicle to help. Before becoming a truck driver, Mack was a firefighter, so he had the knowledge and abilities to help.
“By the time I got them to pull over, the flames had already engulfed a majority of the camper. They wanted to try to put out the fire to save their trailer, but from my experience, I knew that we didn’t have the proper equipment to extinguish the fire safely. I had explain to them that the camper was too far gone and they needed to focus on saving their truck,” said Parks.
The truck was occupied by an older couple. They were both frantic and scared, but Mack calmed them down and instructed the lady to call 911, then told them what needed to be done to save their truck and get to safety. Mack said, “I knew we had to lift the camper off the hitch and move the truck to avoid having the fire spread to the vehicle and cause even more damage. The older gentleman and I tried to unhook the camper but we were unable to lift it high enough. Finally, another motorist pulled over and helped us lift it high enough to pull the truck out.”
After they got the truck far enough away from danger, Mack got the couple water and comforted them. Emergency responders showed up and put out the fire but it was too late, the camper was a total loss. The truck was fine and nobody was injured, thanks to one brave Melton driver.
It is things like this that show the true colors of people. Mack says, “So many cars passed by with their phones out the window, taking pictures and videos. I can’t believe they wouldn’t stop to help, but I know that any other Melton driver would have done the same thing I did. During my time as a driver, everyone preaches safety and I saw an unsafe situation and knew that I had to do my part and keep everyone safe.”
The woman in the truck called into Melton after the incident. She was still shaken up but she wanted to share her story about Mack’s bravery and thank him for all that he did to help.