LANGLEY, B.C. — The trucking industry is rallying to bring justice to the perpetrators of a stunning, seemingly unprovoked attack on a truck driver who was simply trying to help a fellow motorist.
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.
The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers. Anyone with information 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, BC Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
“I have never, in the 16 years I’ve been with BCTA, heard of anything like this,” said Paul Landry, BCTA’s president and CEO. “BCTA is committed to all forms of safety in trucking, whether that means road safety or safety for truck drivers. We want to help bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The BCTA has partnered with Crime Stoppers to administer the award. Crime Stoppers itself offers an award of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
“Most people care about keeping their communities safe. By involving Crime Stoppers, we’re also guaranteeing an avenue for individuals who want to do the right thing, but have their own fears about safety,” Landry said. “Truck drivers are known for helping others on the road. I’d hate to be in a world where they can no longer choose to be Good Samaritans. I hope that others who feel the same way will come forward.”
The BCTA is also accepting donations to assist with Fraser’s unplanned retirement from the industry.
“BCTA has the industry’s support for this effort – our only concern is finding the people who did it,” Landry said. He invites anyone who’d like to take part to contact BCTA at 604-888-5319 or 800-565-2282.
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