Missing trucker found alive, but ill

| 4/18/2003

A missing trucker has been found after spending two days sick in his truck, unable to regain his senses enough to call someone.

59-year-old trucker Harold Webb fell ill in his company truck alongside Interstate 75 in Adel, GA, shortly after calling his carrier at 4 p.m. April 15. He had not traveled far from Valdosta, GA, where he had just picked up a load of cooking oil headed for Winston-Salem, NC.

Danny Gearhart and Deborah Clack of Strictly Service Transport in Supply, NC, were happy to hear from the company driver, who had been missing for two days. Knowing Webb, a resident of Spring Hope, NC, as a stable, reliable driver, they had feared the worst – a heart attack or stroke, or some other mortal fate.

They had called every county between Valdosta and Winston-Salem to get help in finding their missing driver and truck.

“We're very fortunate,” said Deborah Clack. “We were very worried about Harold; we're glad we found him safe and sound.”

Gearhart had already sent another driver to Georgia to find Webb. When the trucker called for help, his fellow driver was already nearby to pick him up. When Land Line talked with the still very ill driver, he reported his wife had already informed him she was taking him to the hospital as soon as he returned home.

--by René Tankersley, feature editor

René Tankersley may be reached at renet@landlinemag.com.