LKQ Euro Car Parts ‘Heroic’ Driver Receives Trakm8 Safety Award
An LKQ Euro Car Parts driver who rescued a couple from a submerged vehicle has been named the winner of Trakm8’s Road Safety Hero Award.
Gary Nicol was making his usual internal branch-to-branch deliveries for the company when he noticed a car speeding through the intersection while waiting at the traffic lights.
Moments later, he spotted an overturned vehicle submerged in water on the embankment and realized the engine was still running.
After calling a few bystanders for help, Nicol led the effort to free the couple trapped inside.
They initially walked towards the passenger, thinking she was in the driver’s seat due to the angle of the car. Having managed to lift her above the waterline, making sure she could breathe, he then turned his attention to the driver’s side.
The driver was trapped in the vehicle because of his seat belt, but Nicol used a passerby’s penknife to free him.
The award is an initiative launched by Trakm8 and the road safety association Brake.
Jim Hill, Group Marketing Director at Trakm8, added: “When we created the Trakm8 Road Safety Hero award with Brake, we were inundated with great entries.
“Gary’s story truly personifies why we launched the Road Safety Hero Award. We were all blown away by his bravery and quick wit – he is a credit to LKQ Euro Car Parts and the entire fleet industry.
Alongside his prize, Nicol also won a one-night break in London, with views from The Shard and a 3-course meal at Marco Pierre Whites restaurant.
Speaking of the rescue, Nicol said: “I just did what I think anyone else would have done. When I saw the car in the water, my adrenaline surged and I knew I had to help – I didn’t really think about doing anything else.
“I’m just really happy that they both did well and that I was in the right place at the right time. Everything else just can’t bear to think about.