DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Thursday afternoon, Williams Trucking drivers were in the process of getting their affairs in order after being told they had delivered their last loads the day before.
According to one driver who has worked for the company for nearly seven years, drivers were sent a message Wednesday morning instructing them to deliver the day’s loads, return to the yard, gather their paperwork, clean out their trucks and call someone to pick them up — all without any prior warning.
“We were rolling already, but (I) got that message and listened to it and I had to pull over and make sure I was listening to what I was listening to,” the anonymous driver said.
The driver also told WDHN the closing came as a complete surprise. In fact, around three weeks ago, another driver asked management if it was closing its doors after an office employee abruptly quit.
“Everything’s fine,” the driver said. “(The other driver) asked them point blank, look what’s going on? Are y’all shutting the doors? What’s going on? They told him absolutely not.”
Now, drivers are not only working to make sure they get their last paychecks, but are also left without any answers.
“I don’t know,” the driver said. “I know you’re not supposed to say stuff like that, but it almost feels like they’re trying to get their equipment in and then I feel like we’re going to get more bad news.”
News 18 did reach out to the company’s management, but received no answer.
Correction: The first version of this article said drivers were sent a message to deliver Thursday’s loads. Drivers were told to deliver Wednesday’s loads.