Michiana native drives 3 million miles without any accidents

A Las Vegas truck driver who grew up in Buchanan reached a big career milestone Monday.

Jim 'Jackpot' Sutfin has been working as a driver for Con-way Freight since 1983.

"I've driven in 48 states and Canada," he told NewsCenter 16 over the phone, while driving his daily route.

Traveling through all those states has helped Sutfin rack up the miles.

And, on Monday, he reached 3 million.

"Well, it was quite the ordeal," he said. "I'm the first one at Con-way Freight to do it."

What's even more remarkable is Sutfin drove those millions of miles without getting into a single accident.

His current route takes him through just about every terrain there is, but he handles it all with ease.

"It's a hard road to hold to make it that many miles," he said. "You gotta have some above average skill and there's probably quite a bit of luck in there."

Con-way helped Sutfin celebrate the milestone by holding a huge celebration Monday.

For the last portion of his drive, Sutfin had a police escort.

Then, there was a large crowd waiting for him when he pulled into the truck yard.

"They painted a checkered finish line across the gate to go into the yard and there's two guys holding a red ribbon across there, so I go through the red ribbon," he said. "And, then I got out of the truck and my wife and daughter was there to meet me."

Sutfin says the attention he's gotten since then has been a bit overwhelming.

Several people who recognized him from a story on Las Vegas TV stopped him for an autograph.

But, the six brothers and sisters who still live in Michiana say it's an honor their brother deserves.

"Being a truck driver is a pretty thankless job most of the time," said his sister, Geneva Jeschke. "So, getting all of these honors and awards, it's wonderful for him. We're really proud of him."

They're proud, but they know their hard-working brother won't retire anytime soon.

"I hope he gets another million," said Jim's brother, Rodger Sutfin.


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