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Wisconsin truck driver wins national safe driving award

About 100 miles northeast of La Crosse lives a man who has been driving tractor-trailers across this country for 31 years. He's driven a mind-boggling 4.4 million miles in that time, and done it without a single truck accident.

The 56-year-old Marshfield man recently had his spectacular driving record recognized when he was given the national driver of the year award by the Truckload Carriers Association and the Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information Co. The honor goes to the top professional driver in the U.S. and Canada.

The trucker was given a new Dodge Ram pick-up, along with the award.

He was one of three finalists for the award handed out at a trucking industry convention earlier this month in Florida. He edged out the other two because of his incredible driving record, his efforts to better the trucking industry's image and for his contributions to his community, a media report stated.

His wife said the award made him happy. "He just worked so hard his whole life," she said.

Which two states has he missed driving through? Maybe not the two most would guess: Hawaii and Maine.

His favorite long-haul was the 3,600-mile trip to Alaska, when he delivered a log cabin up there.

Memorable cargo that he's hauled includes a load of maple used for the construction of a custom guitar for a member of rock's Van Halen, as well as the hardwood floor for a National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball court.

What's his secret to avoiding truck accidents? "Always watching out for everybody else," he said. "You've just got to be careful."

It would be difficult to improve on that advice from a man who has been just about everywhere and definitely done that.

Source: "Crash-free Marshfield trucker wins national award," March 24, 2012

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