This page is reserved as a memory for drivers who have lost
their lives in the course of their work as professional drivers.
Please come here often and as you do, reflect on the lives of your family,
friends and coworkers ... and remember the families that have been left
Richard E Hartfel
1960 - 2005
Richard Edward Hartfel was tragically killed in an over the road
trucking accident on Monday, March 7th, 2005. Rick was eastbound on
I-40, approximately 35 miles west of Amarillo, when his truck crossed the
median and the accident occurred.
Rick is survived by a
brother, Homer Hartfel of Bloomington,
Minnesota, a sister, Margaret Hartfel of St. Paul,
Minnesota, fiancé, Emily Muller of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and numerous
other family members.
Rick was a long-haul
trucker for Werner Enterprises for more than 14 years where he was a member
of their Million Mile Club and received numerous safety awards. He was
passionate about his chosen profession and loved his life on the
road. He died doing what he loved.
Rick was caring and generous. His family
and friends will miss his kindhearted spirit.
Tyrone Emig, York, PA and was a driver for US Xpress. He had an
engine malfunction on I-44 east of Joplin, MO.
the tow truck arrived, Tyrone exited the cab. He misjudged the distance and fell
backwards in the traffic lane.
eighteen wheelers came over the hill side by side. The tow truck driver pulled him as far
as he could and jumped underneath the trailer to avoid being hit.
Tyrone suffered a heart
attack as he watched the top of the trailer go by. He felt the 18wheeler's tires touch his
The AmCoach took Tyrone
from the hospital in Tulsa, OK, to his home. His heart disease worsened and he died
____ - 2004
Dennis (JJ) Martian
1968 - 2003
Dennis (JJ) Martian lost
his life in June 2003 near Vulcan Alberta Canada when a four wheeler swerved
into his lane and hit him head-on. Both the driver of the four wheeler and JJ lost their lives in the accident.
Trucking had been part of JJ's life since his teens.
It was the joy of his life, however, his wife
was the joy of his heart. He had just bought a new International
Eagle tractor but never got to take delivery of it.
Dennis was a big man -- over 6 ' 7" and could not walk
down the street without tripping over his own feet. But if you
needed a hand, friend, or foe; JJ was there.
No matter how bad you felt he could have you rolling on the
floor laughing in minutes.
Dennis is going to be missed by everyone who knew him.
William L McCauley Sr, of Spring Mount,
formerly of Limerick PA died on June 9, 2006 as a result of a truck
accident on Interstate 79 in Jackson Township, Butler County.
He was born in Norristown on January 19, 1942,
a son of Emily (Wilson) McCauley of E. Coventry and the late Joseph
McCauley. He was 64.
Mr. McCauley had been a
driver for ROADWAY in West Chester for 16 years. He enjoyed drag
races and car shows and loved his cats. He was an avid fan of NASCAR.
He was killed when he hit the support of an Interstate 79
overpass. According to state police, he lost control of the
truck. Hitting the guardrail on the east side of the road, he
crossed into the median. He continued through the median before he
struck the Evans Road bridge abutment.
Mr. McCauley is survived by his children, Michele Chrisman,
wife of Ron of Limerick, Kelly Burns, wife of
Nick of Douglassville, and William L McCauley II "Billy"
of Pottstown. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and numerous other
William L McCauley Sr
1942 - 2006
____ - 2007
Randy Phillips died after having
been brought home by the AmCoach. He was in Laredo, TX driving an
18-wheeler when he became ill.
He had informed his company that he was ill prior to leaving
his home. The company insisted he
take the load and even told him, he could take his family with him if he
His wife and three children went with him on the trip and remained
at his side as he recovered enough to make the trip home to Altus, OK.
TransAlive was called in to help get him
and his family back home.
According to his company he did not follow company policy and
denied any request for assistance in getting him home.
Ralph Hitchcock was truly a remarkable man. He was devoted to his
family and to his work. Ralph first became involved with TransAlive
when he suffered an accident that injured his wife, Cassandra, in
Lubbock, TX. He called us for assistance in getting his family
Later, he was instrumental
in helping one of his fellow drivers get home who had been involved in a
shooting incident in Memphis, TN by again contacting us. The
AmCoach took his friends to Gonzales, LA.
We were saddened to hear he suffered a fatal accident in the
Baton Rouge, LA area. It was our privilege to know Ralph and to
work with him in making the industry a better place to serve and work.
____ - 2007
Roger Wayne Anderson
1944 - 2009
Roger Wayne Anderson lived in Thomasville,
GA. He had just turned 64 and was
married to the love of his life Linda for 41 years. They had six children and several
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He bought his own truck in 2000 and leased
on with RBI in Cairo GA. He was in
Hartsfield AL. He had not been
feeling well. His daughter called
RBI and told them she could not reach him on the phone.
They tracked his truck from where he
picked up his load the day before.
Roger had died in his sleeper of a massive heart attack.
He loved to talk and tell jokes. He was
known all around the truck stops as Rooster. He is missed every day. He was a wonderful man and a die-hard
trucker. Roger had over a million
accident free miles.
Don Herman Hataway, 51, born and
raised in Tenaha, TX passed away after a brief illness.
At the age of
17, Don started driving 18 wheelers.
He drove 18 wheelers for 34 years.
During that time, he owned and operated Hataway Trucking Company
with seven 18 wheelers.
He was married
to the love of his life, Brenda, for 28 ½ wonderful years.
Don was a
loving husband, father, papaw and an outstanding friend. He would give you the shirt off of his
back for anybody in need and he never met a stranger.
He is survived
by his wife, Brenda, a son, Matt, and a daughter, April, plus numerous
other family members and a host of friends.
1962 – 2013
1959 - 2014
David Gilland, 55 originally from Lake Leelanau, MI was an
energetic driver that loved the road.
Even after suffering a stroke, and a major heart attack, he was
still not ready to give up. David’s
heart finally made the decision for him and he lost his life.
We had the
privilege of working with David after his release from a rehabilitation
center in Hammond, LA. We took him
to his present home in Nettleton, MS.
David was an
avid reader of Scripture. He loved
to discuss the Bible. He had a
desire to learn. David was well
known in the industry and will be missed by all.
TX. Dudley Nolen’s earthly body lost the battle with cancer and
he went to be with the Lord on January 5, 2015. He will be missed dearly by his family
loved trucking and the road. To his family, he was a mentor, teacher, preacher, father, and most
of all a beloved dad. He taught his son how to drive and love for the open road.
He spent many
of his years while driving over the road as a tanker driver. His driving experiences and his
knowledge of the road are rarely surpassed. Most recently he had been working as a
ventured into the charter bus market driving for tours for several
years. He enjoyed working with
people as anyone that knows anything about driving charter buses – you
have to love working with people in all different circumstances.
1941 – 2015
Leonard W Mink
A snow storm Jan. 7, 2015, caused
a sudden loss of visibility on I-80 in Pennsylvania, which led to a massive
19 vehicle pile-up crash. Mink was
uninjured in the initial collision, and he and other truck drivers left
their cabs to help some kids who had been involved.
As Mink and three others made
their way to the kids, they were struck by cars whose drivers could not
see the men in the snow. All four
“That was his nature, to help
people, the way we all would,” said Mink’s friend, James Troxell. Mink
went by the CB handle ‘Daddy Rabbit’.
He left here doing what he loved.”
Mink is being hailed as a hero by
his friends, family and fellow drivers.
Cecil "Pat" Patrick founded Kennesaw Transportation in
1981. Although we have dedicated
this page to drivers, when one demonstrates over the course of their life
a concern and devotion to the men and women of the transportation
industry, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge their contribution
to the success of others.
Pat was a member of Woodstock Rotary, member and Deacon of First
Baptist Church of Woodstock; on the Board of Georgia Motor Transportation
Association, on the Board of Truckstop
Ministries, Inc and Truckload Carriers Association.
Born September 15, 1943, Pat went to be with Jesus on December 28,
2014. He was personally
interested in each of his drivers.
Never did they become an account on the computer.
Pat was a one of a kind man, a man of God, a wonderful family man,
friend, business man, and a great leader in the transportation industry.
He will be missed greatly, but he is not in any more pain and we are
sure he is singing his favorite song at the top of his voice,
"Victory in Jesus".
1943 - 2014
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