A former captain of America’s Road Team was killed Feb. 23 while serving as a civilian employee in the rebuilding of Iraq.
Albert Luther “Al” Cayton was killed in Northern Iraq when an explosive device detonated while he was traveling on a highway, according to the American Trucking Associations. He was 60.
Cayton was accompanied by three other U.S. Dept. of Defense civilian transportation employees in the non-military vehicle. The other passengers survived the attack, but their names have not been released.
He had signed on as a truck driver in Iraq after a 32-year career with Consolidated Freightways, which filed for bankruptcy in 2002. While at CF, he logged more than 3 million accident-free miles and toured with the some of the World Trade Center remains before delivering them to the West Coast.
He became a member of America’s Road Team in 1996. His service on the team included providing Congressional testimony on transportation issues.
Cayton was born in Ohio. He had lived in Florida for the past five years.
He went to Iraq in June 2003, and his service included working as a convoy commander over more than 50 truck drivers.
Cayton is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.