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Shasta Lake Man Recognized For Live Saving Efforts After Crash On I-5

A trucker from Shasta Lake City has been honored as a hero by a trucking industry group. The Truckload Carriers Association has bestowed upon Richard Schjoth the title of “Highway Angel”. On October 6th Schjoth was driving for his employer, Cheema Freightlines, on Interstate 5 near Los Banos when he saw a FedEx tractor-trailer leave the roadway and plummet down a 75 foot embankment before coming to rest on its side. Schjoth pulled over, grabbed his flashlight and ran down the hill. After scaling a barbed wire fence he reached the truck and found the driver in the cab with broken ribs and the co-driver in the sleeper with a head injury. Schjoth called 9-1-1, then managed to pull the windshield off so he could pull the driver to safety, then returned and pulled the other victim out as well. In addition to rendering aid for the truckers, Schjoth herded some horses back into their fenced area so they wouldn’t wander onto the freeway. When the CHP arrived, they were shocked that Schjoth got so much done in so little time. He’s one of almost 1,300 truckers to be recognized as a “Highway Angel” since 1997.