We are sad beyond words to learn of the death of Joy Wiebe. She was a beautiful vibrant soul who brought cheer to the lives of many a trucker on the Dalton Highway. Jack considered her a good friend, not just a fellow trucker. Many an afternoon or evening was whiled away on the road in conversation about this or that, always a positive experience with Joy who improved the mood of each day and situation she was in. Full of energy, always wanting to be a better person, the world lost an asset the day she died.
I was able to meet Joy in Coldfoot about 2 months ago. I liked her immediately. Her smile and attitude were kind and open. She was a humble person, small of stature but strong and able and energetic. She touched my life for only a couple of minutes yet I find myself crying for a person I barely knew. Why Joy had to go and why her family has to now be overcome by grief and the question of how they can go on, we’ll never know. We can only feel deep sadness and pain at a world without her.
Jack and I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Joy Wiebe. We cannot imagine their grief. We want them to know that this trucker, as well as so many others, thought the world of Joy. She was a shining beam of light on a dark night, on the Haul Road. She was a Joy.
As some of you have heard, there was a terrible accident on the Dalton Highway recently. Two trucks were in a head-on collision about 75 miles from Prudhoe Bay back in October. Jack arrived on the scene about an hour after it happened so he was able to document it for his bosses. We’re sharing the photos with you but please keep Jack McCahan in your thoughts as he is in serious condition still even after over a month.
Apparently Jack McCahan was able to crawl out of the burning wreck only a short time before it was engulfed in flames. Photos below show the burnt truck. It doesn’t even look like a truck anymore. Very scary.
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Jack approached from the Prudhoe side of the accident
This is the top of the sleeper that was ripped off and burnt
What’s left of the truck
This is the wreckage from the other side
Trucks are finally going through
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and please always drive safely, whether you are a trucker or not.