Aeropres Corporation in Sibley congratulates Keith Perkins on receiving the Louisiana Motor Transport Association Driver of the Year Award.
Perkins has been a driver with Aeropres for two years and lives in Haughton with his wife Sue.
Perkins stays active in the community by volunteering for a local fire department and assisting with prison ministries with Central Assembly Church.
Perkins enjoys hunting, fishing and archery in his spare time and has accumulated 3 million accident free miles over his 35 year driving career.
On October 24, 2012, Perkins was stopped in construction on I-20 in Birmingham, Alabama at 10 p.m.
He was pulling a tanker trailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas- a highly flammable product.
As traffic had come to a complete stand-still, Perkins checked his mirrors to see the traffic behind him. He saw an eighteen-wheeler approach him fast.
He realized the tractor had was not going to stop, so Perkins pulled his tractor/trailer over to the shoulder of the highway as much as possible without hitting the vehicle in front of him.
Perkins could only get his tractor partially off the highway before impact. The eighteen-wheeler hit Perkins going 70 miles per hour.
Thanks to Perkins fast thinking, the other vehicle hit the Aeropres trailer at an angle completely knocking the back axles out from under the Aeropres trailer.
The eighteen-wheeler then crashed into a concrete wall. The force of the impact knocked the engine of the tractor back into the cab.
Fortunately there was no release of product from the Aeropres trailer. Authorities said if the eighteen-wheeler had hit Perkins directly from behind at that rate of speed, there most probably would have been a catastrophic event which would have caused a domino effect on the vehicles in front and side of the Aeropres tractor.
State police and emergency response team working the accident said that due to Perkin's quick thinking, the lives of many people were spared.