OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has joined the British Columbia Trucking Association's (BCTA) campaign to identify, catch and convict the persons who beat and left a veteran truck driver for dead.
OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has joined the British Columbia Trucking Association’s (BCTA) campaign to identify, catch and convict the persons who beat and left a veteran truck driver for dead.
Monarch Transport driver Alex Fraser stopped his truck Sept. 24 on the Yellowhead Highway just north of Blue River, B.C. when a motorist flagged him down for help. According to media reports, the Good Samaritan truck driver was then beaten badly by three men and later had to undergo reconstructive surgery. Fraser, 67, told media his trucking days are over.
In response to the incident, the BCTA recently posted a $10,000 reward to help bring the individuals who attacked Fraser to justice. At its meeting last week in Toronto, the CTA board of directors unanimously agreed to match BCTA’s contribution by contributing another $10,000 to the reward for the arrest and conviction of the people involved.
“The CTA board of directors has asked me to let all truck drivers know that their personal safety is of paramount concern,” said the CEO of the alliance, David Bradley. “The evil thugs who participated in what clearly appears to be a pre-meditated attack on the first truck driver to stop to help must be found and held accountable for such a brutal act.”
“Truck drivers are still considered by many to be the knights of the road,” he said. “Despite their busy schedules many are still willing to stop to help a motorist in distress. Clearly, while truck drivers should always exercise caution, what happened to Mr. Fraser will make them nervous about doing so in the future and this would be a shame. The sooner the criminals can be apprehended and punished the better for everyone.”
Anyone with information on the assault is asked to contact the Valemont RCMP by phone (250-566-4466) or fax (250-566-9964), their local RCMP detachment, or, if anonymity is preferred, B.C. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
The CTA board is also encouraging carriers and drivers to consider a contribution to the BCTA fund set up for the Fraser family. To donate click here.
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