A truck driver who died of a heart attack on the road is being hailed as a hero for pulling in to the emergency lane, seemingly to avoid crashing into anybody as he went into distress.
My dad promised my mom… that anytime, it doesn’t matter where it is when he’s not feeling well, he needs to pull over
His grieving daughter Zena told News24 on Sunday.
And that is what he did
She said she was not surprised to hear that he had thought of the welfare of others.
Thats just my dad
The 55-year-old truck driver was found on the N4 to Bronkhorstspruit while on one of the countless trips he has taken since the age of 19.
#SadNews Truck was standing and idling on the N4 a few km before the Bronkhorstspruit offramp coming from Pretoria. Upon investigation it was found that the driver had pulled over whilst having a heart attack and sadly passed away. RIP pic.twitter.com/a7S4GwPhHg
— PigSpotter™ Pty Ltd (@PigSpotter) November 9, 2018
He had spoken to his wife Hannetjie on November 8, and later someone told the family they had seen his truck parked on the side of the road.
We started phoning, said Zena. There’s something wrong with daddy
Spread through the family and when they located him hours later, he had died.
Wow. All the tributes pouring in for the trucker who pulled over his truck in the midst of a heart attack, and in doing so not risking the lives of innocent motorists, has been overwhelming. He has been named as Mr #JohanBuys #RIP #Hero pic.twitter.com/mfBAFDcTTK
— PigSpotter™ Pty Ltd (@PigSpotter) November 10, 2018
Zena said that the outpouring of appreciation for his actions would have surprised her father.
He was always saying get off Facebook. Now he is all over Facebook
She paid tribute to her father as a “fun person” with a passion for cooking and trucking, reports News24
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