Who says that you can not get drivers to agree on anything?
Last week when OTR trucker Mark Williams went missing, a friend of his wife contacted Kari Fisher on FaceBook asking her if she could do anything to help locate him.
The police had told his wife, Jonda Williams, “to wait it out awhile”, when she called up frantically looking for him, explaining she had not heard from him in days, something very out of character for him.
Kari immediately posted on FB the information on her personal Page, Kari Fisher, and then on her “Share the Road Page Discussion Group” on FB ( A page discussing how professional truckers can drive safely, sharing the road with non-commercial motor vehicles.
Here is one of the posts that Kari posted on her FaceBook page. There were many prior to this one:
“Okay, we’ll repeat this, he drives for an owner operator, who is leased on with T-Luv Ontime Express, out of Winston Salem, NC. He loaded and left out on Tuesday, stopped in Kannapolis, NC for fuel. That was the last anyone had known about his location. He had intentions of going South on I-85 to Atlanta, then West on I-20 to Palestine, Tx. He has not been heard from since refueling, and has a habitit of contacting his wife and brother on a daily basis, This has Not taken place since Tuesday. He was driving a Gray, in color Volvo, year, model and tag number unknown. The trailer number is the same as the MC number, 729528. Anyone having seen this truck and/or it’s driver is encouraged to contact the State Police i.e., 911 immediately. for all we know, he may have stopped at a truckstop or rest area somewhere, parked, had problems and no-one has bothered to check the truck or contacted anyone as to why it has been sitting in the same place for an extended time. Folks, we need to watch out for each other, no one else does. Let’s get it together!”
It didn’t take long before hundreds of drivers were sharing the information on FaceBook with all of their contacts .
Another driver who became actively involved, Hal Kiah, posted the information on a trucking forum, Let’s Truck. Driver Brandt Geiger read the info on the forum thread (has been removed) and noticed he was parked next to the missing truck at the T/A Truck Stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Within hours of the news, Kari Fisher and Hal Kiah created the FaceBook Page for the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network, in memory of Mark Williams, which is rapidly gaining hundreds of members in the group. They are presently sending out letters to major trucking companies and organizations, such as OOIDA, to create an even greater and stronger alliance within the trucking industry for this much needed involvement.
Missing Truck Driver Alert Network Mission Statement:
The sad truth is that drivers go missing all the time, and unless there is a GPS on the truck, it can be days before the truck is located. Truck drivers need the security knowing that “someone cares” and this Network will hopefully do just that.
Join us Thursday evening on Blog Talk Radio, Truth About Trucking “Live”as we discuss the uniting of so many concerned drivers through social media as they compassionately located one of their own, joining together and helping another in need.
Kari Fisher and Hal Kiah will be our special guests as they explain the rapid sequence of events, from the first contact made with Jonda Williams’ friend, Beth, and with widow Jonda Williams. Jonda, Beth, and Mark’s daughter, Lisa are now all members of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Group on FaceBook . . . a powerful display of human emotion and compassion.
Yes, drivers can agree on something . . . helping one another. Our sincerest and deepest condolences to the Williams family during this difficult time.
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