Safety & Compliance

Henderson Driver Survives Rollover

August 20, 2009

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A driver from Henderson Trucking survived a rollover and 77-foot slide while traveling 65 mph on Interstate 40 near Flagstaff, Ariz., after losing control of the vehicle
. The man's truck was equipped with RollTek's side roll protection system, and he walked away with no serious injuries.

"That was one heck of a ride he went on, and the RollTek system probably kept him from having serious injuries," said Bill Beaty, Henderson safety manager. "We're glad we had the system in place."

RollTek, a product of LifeGuard Technologies, combines side airbag protection with advanced seat belt technology to reduce the potential for serious injuries or fatalities in a rollover.

"I've been investigating heavy truck accident claims for 40 years, and the outcomes are all over the board," said Steve Toth, truck claims adjuster for Acme Claims Services, who was responsible for investigating the claim. "This kind of system makes the difference between walking away without injuries to being taken away from the accident. There are a lot of gimmicks out there, but this is for real."

"While crashes are unfortunate, we're pleased that RollTek performed as designed and the driver went home to spend the evening with his family," said James Johnson, sales director at IMMI, the parent of LifeGuard. "Stories like this continue to drive demand for RollTek in commercial vehicles across the country."

Henderson Trucking, a regional and long haul carrier in Salem, Ill., employs 600 drivers and runs 500 refrigerated trailers supplying grocery stores and food distribution centers throughout the Midwest. Over the course of the past year, the company has purchased 120 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with RollTek.

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