Trucker credited with saving rig from tipping over during high winds

| Friday, May 16, 2014

A YouTube video of a truck driver’s successful attempt to right his tractor-trailer nearly blown over during high winds near Hays, Kan., on April 28, has gone viral.

A Kansas news station, KWCH, posted the video on its website of a truck driver credited with his quick maneuvers behind the wheel saved his rig from tipping over during high winds that topped 42.5 miles per hour that day.

The trucker, named in media reports as Guy Tapscott of Decatur, Ala., escaped injury, and his rig sustained minor damage after nearly tipping over while headed northbound on U.S. Highway 183 south of Hays. According to news station KAKE, Tapscott told the Kansas Highway Patrol that he “caught a gust of wind.” After righting his rig, he then drove through a ditch and a field before stopping, according to the news report.

Some media reports state that Tapscott drove for Kansas City-based Butler Transport. However, Phil Chaffee, who works in the operations department at Butler, told Land Line this isn’t the case.

“I actually just watched the video a little while ago,” Chaffee told Land Line on Friday, May 16. “It wasn’t one of ours, but the driver sure did a heck of a job.”

Chaffee said his company, Butler Transport, also had a truck blow over because of high winds about the same time on the same day, but the incident occurred near Wichita, Kan. He said this may have led to some confusion surrounding the trucking company Tapscott drove for.

“When I watched the video, it kind of looks like a Butler truck, but it’s definitely not one of ours,” Chaffee said.

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