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Fiery Crash Haunts Driver for ABF Freight

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:06 p.m. CST

CONOVER, Ohio (AP) _ A truck driver for Fort Smith-based A-B-F

Freight Systems is one of four nominees for Goodyear's North

America Highway Hero Award. But Dan Wallen of Conover, Ohio, says

he doesn't feel like a hero, because his efforts failed to rescue a

teen-age girl trapped in a burning car.

The 45-year-old Wallen says he still has painful memories from

what happened last September Ninth on Interstate 65 in Nashville,

Tennessee. He and other motorists pulled the parents of the

teenager from the car, but couldn't get the 17-year-old girl out

before the car exploded.

Dave Wilkins of Goodyear sees things a bit differently. He says

Wallen got burns from trying to free the girl, though he couldn't

do so in time.

The hero award is to be presented March 23rd at the Mid-America

Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The winner will receive a

ten-thousand dollar U-S savings bond.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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