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Truckers unite to locate missing truck driver via social media

Feb
13,
2012
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Missing Truck Driver:Mark Williams

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!”

Kari Fisher of Share the Road and Missing Truck Driver Network on FaceBook

Kari Fisher of Share the Road and Missing Truck Driver Network on FaceBook

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.

Geiger immediately called 911 and the sad news followed shortly that the driver was deceased. There were no further details.

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 ultimate goal of the Missing Driver Alert Network is to locate and return drivers reported missing to their family, without loss. While we realize that this may not always be the case, we will do our utmost to get the word out to everyone in the trucking community with that goal in mind. We will work with the law enforcement community and truck stops around the country in coordinating any search to achieve this goal.”

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.

We are in a new age, the age of social media, where information can go viral in a matter of a few hours,  making social media a powerful tool and platform. Remember when Arrow Trucking closed their doors and left hundreds of drivers stranded?  It was those using FaceBook and Twitter that spread the word and eventually got the drivers home.

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.

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network

 

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. […] other. This week, the unfortunate story of missing driver Mark Williams lead to the creation of the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network, which is aimed at utilizing the network of drivers nationwide to help find their missing […]

  2. […] been over a year since missing truck driver Mark Williams was found deceased in his truck at a truck stop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Feb 4th 2012. Mark had […]

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