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Truck driver hailed a hero after daring intervention

Police in Cologne said truckers spotted the 40-ton vehicle scraping along the central concrete barrier of the northbound A1 autobahn on Wednesday night (stock photo)
Police in Cologne said truckers spotted the 40-ton vehicle scraping along the central concrete barrier of the northbound A1 autobahn on Wednesday night (stock photo)

By Associated Press

A daring German trucker is being hailed a hero after leaping on to a moving tractor-trailer whose driver had died at the wheel and bringing it to a stop before anyone was injured.

Police in Cologne said truckers spotted the 40-ton vehicle scraping along the central concrete barrier of the northbound A1 autobahn on Wednesday night.

While other trucks blocked traffic, police said the 43-year-old trucker got out of his own vehicle and ran alongside the slow moving tractor-trailer.

With the help of a police van that pulled alongside, he was able to vault on to the truck, smash a window with a hammer, open the cabin and take control of the vehicle, bringing it to a safe stop.

Rescue crews could not resuscitate the tractor-trailer vehicle's 54-year-old driver.

News of the heroic feat emerged yesterday.

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