MIRAMICHI, N.B. — On Jan. 15, Dwain Seaman’s truck broke down on a remote section of the Trans-Canada Highway in Quebec and was saved by a fellow trucker who lives about half a kilometre from his Miramichi home.
Seaman’s truck lost all power, leaving him no heat, no lights and no CB radio. He later discovered that a fan belt had blown, draining the battery power.
Seaman used his cell phone to call roadside assistance but no immediate help was available because he was in a remote area of Quebec between Riviere-du-Loup and Quebec City.
The English-speaking trucker also faced a language barrier in a province where the first language is French.
Seaman placed his triangular distress pylons on the road for help.
‘All kinds of trucks passed by me and no one stopped,” Seaman said.
He bundled up in every piece of clothing he could find and kept calling roadside assistance as the windows began to frost over.
“You’re seeing your breath and your feet are tingling – it was pretty cold,” Seaman said.
Two hours after Seaman’s truck broke down, Elroy Sullivan was driving the opposite way and recognized Seaman’s truck.
“I thought through the frosted windows that I could see somebody,” Sullivan said, when he turned around and pulled in front of Seaman to see if everything was alright.
Before he could get the truck stopped, Seaman ran towards Sullivan and hopped into the passenger’s seat to warm up.
Not only do they both work for Highland Trucking, but their Miramichi homes are only a few streets apart.
Along with having 30 years trucking experience, Sullivan is also a licensed mechanic, so he called a Quebec company and found the proper fan belt to fix the truck and waited with Seaman until the part arrived.
With files from the Times & Transcript
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