When Norfolk lorry driver, Russell Dagless, caught sight of an unconscious motorist slumped at the wheel of his moving van, his first response was to use his articulated lorry as a shield to prevent the injured driver swerving into the road. His quick-thinking actions almost certainly saved the motorist’s life but also prevented a serious accident occurring on the busy A47 dual carriageway near Dereham, Norfolk.
Now Russell Dagless’s brave deed has earned him a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum award – one of the society’s highest honours.
As can be seen in this dash-cam footage, Mr. Dagless used his vehicle to trap the unconscious driver’s van against the safety barrier and brought it to a halt on the afternoon of 20th January 2017. He and fellow motorists then administered first aid until the emergency services arrived.
“I put my trailer against the side of his vehicle and brought him to a standstill. With the drivers of the two cars behind, we got him out of the vehicle. It was pure instinct – it just had to be done,” he said.