Road-rage shooting leaves trucker injured

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Monday, June 08, 2009

Police in Indiana are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect of an alleged road rage shooting that left one truck driver injured.

Police in Floyd County, IN, responded to a shooting that reportedly occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

According to WLKY, a CBS affiliate in Louisville, KY, two men in a white 1990 or 1991 Ford Thunderbird and a truck driver each were westbound on Interstate 64 before both men pulled over at the 116 mile-marker after the men in the sedan apparently felt they had been cut off around Louisville.

One of the two men from the sedan brandished a revolver and shot the trucker, who was struck in the hand and the head.

Capt. Jeff Topping of the Floyd County Police Department told Land Line Now that the suspects are two black males, including a 6-foot-tall man and the driver, described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall and heavyset.

The trucker was treated for his injuries at a hospital and released.

OOIDA’s TRACER program had posted information on the Web site by Monday morning.

OOIDA launched TRACER, the Transportation Alert Communication and Emergency Response program, this spring. The program is a two-way communication system that sends alerts to members and coordinates information received from trucking members.

Just weeks into TRACER’s launch, the program had signed up more than 4,000 OOIDA members to receive a combination of e-mails, text messages and online alerts for truck thefts and other crimes affecting truckers.

Doug Morris, OOIDA director of security operations, said drivers should call 911 during emergency situations, but also can call TRACER to relay information they may observe about crimes.

Truckers may call the TRACER hotline at 866-950-2291 or visit the Web site to get the latest advisory or if they have information to report about stolen cargo or missing persons, etc.

To sign up for TRACER, call OOIDA headquarters at 800-444-5791.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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