Fraser told his wife and police that the last thing he heard was a voice behind him saying, “You truckers are all alike,” before he was knocked unconscious. He awoke six hours later. One side of his face had been smashed in, he was covered in blood and too weak to stand, but somehow he managed to drag himself to the truck, which was still running, and pull himself into the cab. At daybreak, he awoke in the truck’s sleeper compartment and realized he would have to drive himself to the nearest gas station for help. “The next morning, he drove 37 km to get to the hospital,” “You’ve got to have some sort of inner strength to do that.” He pulled into a service station in Blue River, opened the door of the cab and literally fell from his truck. “The people at the Blue River Husky were absolutely wonderful,” “They made sure he was OK and took good care of him until the ambulance came to get him.” At Royal Inland Hospital, Fraser was treated for a damaged eye socket and three broken bones in his cheek. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair his battered face, but his trucking career is over. “He won’t be going back,” He will be seeing if he can sell the truck.”
Why the men on the Yellowhead attacked Fraser is still a mystery. They stole nothing, left his truck running and undamaged, and Fraser doesn’t remember hearing anything other than the comment about truckers all being the same. “I do believe one day they will get caught and punished for what they did. I think that what goes around comes around. “One day, one of them will be out drinking and he’ll say something about it and a trucker will be sitting nearby and will hear him.” In the hopes that someone may know something, the B.C. Truckers’ Association (BCTA) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who attacked Fraser. 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.” Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to call the Valemont, B.C. RCMP or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers. The truckers’ association is also collecting donations to assist with Fraser’s unplanned retirement.
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