candleBy Jena Williams and Randy Clark

During 2011, ten truck drivers lost their lives while performing their jobs. Five of these drivers died when their trucks crashed, two died when they were struck by a vehicle while walking around their trucks, one died when his truck moved while he was working on its brake system, one died when struck by a load while on the back of a truck, and one died from injuries after falling when exiting his truck.

As we remember these truck drivers who died doing their jobs, we at TIRES renew our commitment to reducing injuries in the trucking industry. Even one life lost is one too many. We invite you to share any memories you have of these workers. Men who should have come home at the end of the day, but didn’t.

Cong Pham, 60, Delivery Driver
Died: January 16, 2011
Mr. Pham was delivering packages when he was struck by a motor vehicle as he stepped out from behind his truck.

Donald Hines, 39, Truck Driver
Died: February 19, 2011
Mr. Hines was walking outside his truck when he was struck by a truck pulling out of a parking area.

Allan Hurn, 69, Truck Driver
Died: March 2, 2011
Mr. Hurn was at a delivery site where he was making repairs to a part of his truck’s brake system when the truck unexpectedly moved; he was crushed under the rear wheel of the truck’s tandem axle.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/skagitvalleyherald/obituary.aspx?n=allan-clifford-hurn&pid=149125474&fhid=3516

Gary Sutton, 48, Truck Driver
Died: August 19, 2011
Mr. Sutton’s semi-trailer truck left an interstate highway and rolled over into the median.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=gary-allen-sutton&pid=153264962

Robin McCalister, 55, Log Truck Driver
Died: September 7, 2011
Mr. McCalister was standing on the back of his log truck when he was struck by logs being placed on his truck by a loader.
http://www.memorialsolutions.com/sitemaker/sites/daneka0/obit.cgi?user=456555McCalister

John Hazelton, 60, Truck Driver
Died: September 15, 2011
Mr. Hazelton was driving his semi-trailer truck and hit another truck that had pulled onto the interstate highway shoulder because of smoke from a brush fire.
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?n=john-philip-hazelton&pid=153766654&fhid=7266

Dale Wheeler, 58, Truck Driver
Died: October 9, 2011
Mr. Wheeler missed a step while exiting his truck and fell backwards landing on the ground. He died of his injuries 12 days later.
http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/oct/11/dale-skip-russell-wheeler/

Arville Chappell, 56, Truck Driver
Died: November 9, 2011
Mr. Chappell was driving a tanker truck along an interstate highway when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned.

James Spicer, 57, Truck Driver
Died: November 14, 2011
Mr. Spicer was driving a semi-truck along a state highway when his vehicle collided head-on with another semi-truck.
http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=James-Spicer&lc=4207&pid=154637877&mid=4887704

Shamsher Sohi, 40, Truck Driver
Died: December 8, 2011
Mr. Sohi was driving a semi-trailer truck along an interstate highway when his truck rear ended a vehicle, left the highway and crashed.