Storm-Stranded Trucker Holds Cookout on Interstate to Feed Hungry Motorists
Winnie, TX – A stranded truck driver and his company stepped up in a big way to help Houston motorists trapped on Interstate 10 in the wake of Tropical Storm Imelda.
Last week, truck driver Reggie McCoy was driving a tractor-trailer for Performance Food Group (PFG) on I-10 in Winnie (about 70 miles East of Houston) when he found himself stuck, along with approximately 200 other motorists, due to rising floodwater in the area.
McCoy was en route to Beaumont, TX and hauling food supplies, which included grape tomatoes, chips, milk, and chicken.
He told Houston’s ABC13 he was stuck for about 36 hours when he got an idea.
He had a truck full of food, and a lot of hungry people around him.
McCoy called his boss and asked permission to share the contents of the load with his fellow motorists in need.
“‘Hey, whatever anybody needs. Let’s get it off the truck,” McCoy said his boss told him.
So, McCoy jumped into action, recruiting the services of another driver — identified only as Kenny the cook — who had a grill.
They set up right on the flooded highway, grilling chicken wings and feeding fellow motorists.
McCoy estimated they fed between 30 and 40 people.
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said highway closures could last “several more days,” as Imelda has quickly become one of the wettest tropical cyclones in United States history.
In fact, many Houstonians are comparing Imelda to Hurricane Harvey, which devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana in August 2017.
To date, Imelda has been responsible for five deaths.
Watch the video below of McCoy and Kenny talking with ABC13 via Skype, while they were still stranded on I-10.
McCoy and PFG’s kindness is yet another example of how truckers are making a positive difference, rain or shine!