Bob and Carol Hataway left for New York City
September 24th arriving Friday the 28th of September. He and
Carol set up near a landfill area on Staten Island where the debris
was being brought from the WTC.
Each truck leaving the landfill area had to go
right by the AmCoach as there was only a one lane exit. Bob and
Carol spent 6 days with the drivers and visited the city one day when
“It was a tremendous experience to work with the drivers. For the first few days, they seemed
to be in a trance as they came through our area, but they began to accept
us by the 3rd day."
said that the pile captivated them every time they went for a
load. They could not believe it nor take their eyes from it.
Carol provided them with work gloves from Pennzoil, inspirational
tapes from Hope Haulers in Nashville, and coffee provided by Werner
Enterprises, J J Keller, and Class 8
Flooring. PathMark Food Stores in
Staten Island donated apples. Everyone wanted to give the
drivers something to brighten their day as they came in and out of
the landfill area.
has been brought to its knees by this devastating attack.
The streets that usually have great numbers of people were
deserted. There was an eerie quietness as you heard only
muffled voices talking and an occasional siren. At one point
Bob and Carol were the only two people on a usually crowded section
of Broadway near the WTC area.
that the devastation of the WTC area was totally unbelievable -- an
entire corporate complex just leveled with nothing but a pile of
rubble left. Death was evident everywhere from the abandoned
cars to the twisted metal.
located new victims, everything stopped until the remains were
properly handled. There was an awesome reverence surrounding
the work site.
went on to state that in the midst of the doom and gloom there is an
even greater air of optimism. The spirits of the local drivers
were high. They knew that they will come back as a city and
that they would be a significant part of the rebuilding team.
They dutifully carried out their respective tasks.
USA through its Disaster Program represented the transportation
industry and was directly involved with helping the drivers working
the World Trade Center Ground Zero.
USA founded by Bob Hataway in 1984 is a non-profit organization
providing crisis intervention for truckers. They operate
through 100,000 volunteers who cover every zip code across the
is a 1984 Eagle motor coach that can be configured for the driver’s comfort along with a
bathroom, kitchen facilities and a driver’s lounge area for the
family that travels with the driver.
is a Chaplain endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention through the
North American Mission Board and is a graduate of Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
called for prayer for the many drivers who are still working and will
be working for many months to come in clearing the debris from the
World Trade Center in New York City in the year 2001.