CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - For more than four decades, Loy McEldowney has been on the road, hauling 20 tons of concrete at a time to job sites around the region, covering those hundreds of thousands of miles without an accident.
The 67-year-old St. Thomas, Pa., man was one of eight Valley Quarries drivers with 241 years of accident-free driving recognized earlier this year at the company's annual Safety Banquet. A low-key, steady sort of fellow, he had some simple advice for staying on the road and out of ditches:
"Obey those signs when you see them."
McEldowney joined Valley Quarries in 1960 as a "batch man," loading cement trucks. After a hitch in the U.S. Army, he came back and has been driving a cement mixer for more than 41 years.
"I'll take six more like him, if you can find them," said Terry Czap, the dispatch manager for Valley Quarries Ready Mix plant. "They're a rare breed anymore."