Texas fleet driver chases down & saves 94-year-old woman driving the wrong way on the highway

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Updated Sep 1, 2018

When your work takes you on the road a lot, you’ll see some interesting things.

That’s definitely the case for Lubbock, Texas resident Thomas Prado who drives over 500 miles a day.

Prado thought he had seen it all until he spotted a car driving the wrong way last Wednesday on Highway 183 in Stamford. That car, driven by a 94-year-old woman, nearly ran into Prado’s Ford Transit and a nearby tractor-trailer.

Not one to sit around waiting for someone else to do the right thing, Prado turned around on the highway, caught up with the woman and finally convinced her to pull over, but as you’ll see in the videos below, it took some work. Yes, they’re peppered with some tough language, which Prado apologizes for, but considering the nerve-wracking tragedy he was desperately trying to prevent, we understand the slip.

Prado credits a driver with Higher Power Electrical of Abilene, Texas for blocking traffic and helping to get the confused woman out of harm’s way.

When Prado asked where she was going the woman replied that she needed to get to an 8 a.m. appointment. Prado had to break the news to her that it was already 9 a.m. When asked if she had any family or friends the woman replied that she had a cat.

“Moral of this all is something I’ve said in my post before is look after your elderly family, friends, or neighbor!” Prado posts. “I’m no hero. I’m a sinner and mistake maker like you but I saw the right thing to do and so can you! To all my driving brothers and sisters please be safe on that road and make it back to the finish line!”