Trucker’s quick thinking saves others from harm

| 3/19/2003

A Texas trucker is being hailed as a hero for pulling over his rig as he suffered a heart attack, preventing his rig from causing harm to other drivers, The San Antonio Express-News reported March 15.

The driver, Bill Camp, died shortly afterward at a nearby hospital.

Camp, who drove for a sod company, began to feel chest pains while delivering a load. His supervisor, Russell Osburn, told the newspaper Camp recognized what was happening when the pain started since he had a heart attack several years ago.

Camp carefully pulled his rig over, called his employer and then called 9-1-1.

“He was smart enough to get the 18-wheeler off the road and not put anybody's life in danger," Osburn told the newspaper.

"Because he thought of the safety of others before his, my daughter considers him a hero. All the kids do; they're very proud of their dad," the driver’s wife, Wanda Camp, said.