Driver honored for using tractor-trailer to shield injured motorcycle cop

By Land Line staff | Thursday, May 21, 2015

A California trucker received a commendation from the Los Angeles City Council for saving the life of one of the city’s motorcycle cops following a crash.

Dorian Cole, 45, a driver for Pacific Tank Lines, used his truck and tanker to shield the injured officer from oncoming traffic. The crash occurred March 24 on Interstate 5 Freeway in Sylmar, after the police officer’s motorcycle collided with another motorcycle rider, according to a report from CBS Los Angeles.

Cole was honored at a ceremony on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He received a plaque for his efforts, as well as the thanks of law enforcement and the city council.

“(If) he hadn’t jumped into action, put his big rig in the way, it could have been far worse than it was,” Los Angeles councilman Felipe Fuentes said in an interview with the news station.

The officer and the civilian motorcyclist collided between the carpool and No. 1 lane on the southbound freeway just north of the 405 Freeway shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to reports.

In order to protect the officer, Cole positioned his truck with the cab in the carpool lane and at an angle across the next three lanes.

The officer, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized following the accident. The news report states that he is expected to be released from the hospital in a few more weeks, and that Cole hopes to have lunch with the officer once he’s recovered.

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