HGV drivers lend a hand to fellow trucker left stranded by his employer
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After a truck blogger brought the plight of a Ukrainian lorry driver to the attention of social media users, numerous HGV drivers from Romania went of their way to help.
Writing on Facebook on Tuesday, Romanian trucker Ilie Matei told of how a Ukrainian driver had found himself stranded at a layby next to a roadside restaurant on the outskirts of Proieni in central Romania.
According to Matei, the driver had been involved in accident, and was told by his employer in Uzbekistan to wait for someone to repair his truck and replace damaged components. However, two weeks have since past and the trucker is still waiting.
Matei writes that the Ukrainian has “no money, no food, absolutely nothing” and spends his days staring out of the windscreen hoping the help promised by his employer will eventually come.
The Romanian truck blogger thus called on his followers to show solidarity with the stranded driver and provide help if possible.
“He does not speak our language, his country is under siege and he will not receive help [from his employer] soon. Food, clothes, money, bedding, water, whatever you can leave to this man.”
The truck blogger then signed off by saying such actions would show that lorry drivers can look after one another.
Not long after, in the comments section under the post, comments emerged showing that drivers had responded to the call by paying the Ukrainian driver a visit and getting him a meal in the roadside restaurant.
Others have also pledged to deliver everyday essentials to the stranded lorry driver.
Un share masiv, vă roagă fratele de șosele !!!
E greu printre străini si majoritatea din ai mei de pe sosele au simtit…
Posted by Ilie Matei-„Omul soselelor” on Tuesday, 14 March 2023
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