Walter Porreca has been a truck driver at Road Scholar Transport for fourteen years now, but his experience far surpasses that. At almost 52 years old, Walter has been driving tractor trailers since the age of 17. His brother Dale, was already driving for Road Scholar Transport and recommended that Walter to join the company. Walter did and has been driving there since.
“I think the company is great. We get new equipment and are updating everything nice. I think we are moving along great,” he said.
In the 35 years Walter has been driving trucks, he has seen a lot, from accidents to tornados.
“I was in Richmond, VA about three years ago. They had tornados all around the area that day. Well I came down 95 in South Richmond and sure enough, a tornado came across the highway and I watched it take a roof off of a building on the south side of the highway. It went across the road and piled up about six cars. It just kept going. That was pretty scary. You could actually watch it. We were all stopping.”
Although witnessing a tornado was something that stood out in Walter’s mind, there was one event that he claims he would never forget.
We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. Some of us were at work, others at home or in school. But for Walter, the events that occurred that day meant much more.
“In the south tower was a Mariott. I used to deliver there once a month. I would back in under the basement. Usually I would leave here and would be there by five in the morning so that I beat all the traffic. But that particular day I had to wait for products so I was late going down that morning. It was about 8:00 a.m. when I left the terminal.”
“I was on my way to Queens, NY. I turned around by Tobyhanna and got off the exit when I heard about the first tower building. There was a gas station by there and I went in and watched both buildings go down on their TV. So I turned around and came back.”
“That was tough because you go over there and then something like that happens and you don’t know. That’s why I came home that day. We didn’t know if the whole United States was under attack or what the deal was. I guess that was a good thing that I came home because once that happened, they shut the whole city down.”
“That was something that you would never have expected and if I would have left any earlier that day…” Walter reflected.
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