Truck driver hailed a hero after daring intervention
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.