OOIDA says truckers are ready and willing to help

| Thursday, September 13, 2001

Sept. 13, 2001, Grain Valley, MO -- "The nation's professional truckers extend their deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and injured in the terrorist attacks and now in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," Jim Johnston President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said today.

"This senseless and heretofore almost unimaginable tragedy reminds us all of how precious our families and loved ones are and also reminds us of how precious all life is," Johnston said.

Johnston says truckers are anxious to help. "Within minutes after the first airplane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, we started receiving phone calls from professional trucker members asking how they could help the victims - offering to make themselves and their equipment available to transport emergency supplies that might be needed by the emergency personnel at the sites in New York and Washington, D.C."

"I want to assure the American people that America's truck drivers are ready, willing and able to provide assistance anywhere and everywhere needed. And, despite reports from members of fuel price gouging, small business professional truckers will continue to do their part to meet the transportation needs of the nation and to keep the American economy moving," Johnston pledged.

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