Isanti truck driver saves the day

Scott Rosenberg selected as finalist for trucking industry’s most prestigious award.

Scott Rosenberg had just dropped off a load of concrete pipe and manholes in Stillwater, Minn., when he spotted a small pickup truck that was upside down, damaged and steaming in a pond.

Scott Rosenberg
Scott Rosenberg

It was the morning of May 9, 2013, on Manning Trail, when the Isanti truck driver stopped, backed up his rig and positioned the boom crane on his trailer to, he hoped, flip the submerged pickup back onto its wheels. Meanwhile, two other men had reached the pickup and tried to pry its doors open, but the doors wouldn’t budge.

The boom maneuver, along with chains, worked for Rosenberg and especially the victim, a metro area college student, Nate Anderson, who was found alive. Law enforcement later arrived and pulled Anderson from the vehicle.
Rosenberg, a driver for the Elk River-based Morrell & Morrell trucking company, has been selected as a finalist for the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award, which honors professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

The other finalists, from across the nation, include a driver who rescued a 2-year-old boy from a flame-engulfed car, a trucker who rescued a teenage driver who was trapped in a car at the bottom of a ravine and a trucker who rescued another driver who had fallen from a burning rig that was hanging over the side of a highway overpass.

“I don’t really consider myself a hero,” Rosenberg said this week. “God gave me an opportunity to help someone out, and with the help of two other quick thinkers, we were able to help. Being recognized is cool, but knowing that we made a difference to Nate and a lot more of his family and friends is satisfying enough.

Already Rosenberg has been recognized through several broadcast and print media reports. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office also “went out of its way” to meet and present him with a Life Saving Award and a letter of Commitment to Excellence during a special gathering for him and family members.

“As fate would have it, you were driving a large truck with a flatbed trailer hauling excavating equipment,” the letter said. “While the victim was still submerged in water and while others provided aid, you used your excavating equipment to roll the vehicle upright. This act allowed the victim, who was still pinned in the truck, to be above water. Without your assistance, the victim would have drowned.”

According to the sheriff’s office, Anderson fell asleep at the wheel, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, enter a ditch, strike a mailbox and continue into the ditch. After hitting a driveway embankment, the vehicle was airborne and began rolling until it came to a stop upside down and partly submerged in a pond.
Rosenberg, in recollection of the teamwork he and the two other citizen responders engaged in, said their original thought upon reaching the victim was that “he was dead for sure, but then he started coughing.”

He added, “When I think about it, that guy wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t stopped.”
A number of trucking industry journalists are now evaluating the finalists for the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award and will select the winner. The driver who is named the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero will receive a special ring, a $5,000 award and a congratulatory plaque. Each of the other finalists will receive a cash prize and a plaque.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will announce the winner on Thursday, March 27, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.