Hero Truck Driver Locates 2-Year-Old After Collision

Joe Hylton Source: Good News Network

Veteran truck driver, Joe Hylton is no stranger to car accidents.  Fortunate enough to have never been a part of any himself, Hylton has a history of being in the right place at the right time to help persons who have.

Most recently on his route driving for Perdue Farms at night, he came across a bad collision. Both cars were almost completely totaled. After inspecting the scene, he noticed a man frantically running down the highway.

Hylton pulled over and walked into the middle of the highway in the dark to direct traffic away from the wreck. Suddenly, one of the drivers began screaming that he couldn’t locate his daughter.

Hylton, a father of three himself recalled, “I see a frantic father running around. He’s looking in the back of his truck and saying ‘I can’t find my daughter, I can’t find my daughter.’ I looked in and I saw an empty car seat in the back of the truck.”

Immediately, Hylton went into “dad” mode and began assisting the man searching for his daughter in the marshy area along the roadside using his flashlight.

After a brief while, Hylton stumbled across a small gray bundle, that contained the two-year-old.

At first, Hylton was hesitant to look for fear of the two-year-old’s injuries. After a moment, Hylton mustered the courage and noticed the girl was unscathed despite being ejected from the car.

Thanked by the tearful dad for his services, Hylton went back to work and continued making his deliveries.

When the New Jersey Fire Department arrived on the scene, the father explained to the battalion chief how Hylton was able to help him locate his daughter and assist him in the aftermath of the accident.

With the help of the Delaware State Police, Hylton was tracked down and is now being called a hero. The Delaware State Police awarded him its Good Samaritan honor.

“There is so much craziness going on in the world, I don’t believe in receiving accolades for helping somebody out,” Hylton responded. “That’s what we’re all supposed to do.”

“When I saw the look on his face, I said, ‘Man, I have to do something.’ To look at the empty car seat, your heart just drops.”

“As I got closer to her, it was like the Lord picked her up. She sat herself up and crossed her legs Indian style and stuck her hands up for me to pick her up.”

“I grabbed her and called for the dad, the dad came running over, and we had a hug. We didn’t know each other, I never met him before in my life. But I’ll tell you we knew each other in that moment.”

“Everyone is so angry and upset, it seems like the world is on a level ten right now. A little bit of good will go a long way. It gives me hope that things are on the mend, that things are changing.”

“Most of the time it pays to be calm in those situations. That is the most helpful. Even if you don’t know first aid, if you can just identify where the people are and how to get help to them, that will save a life.”

Source: Good News Network