Truck driver who attacked coworker with wooden plank was stabbed, police say

A truck driver is facing multiple charges following an attack on another truck driver last week, according to New Jersey police. The incident began around 6:30 a.m. on October 9 at a trucking company facility in Fairfield, New Jersey. The Fairfield Police Department responded to a 911 call and found 40 year old truck driver Bryan Tay at the scene with stab wounds to his abdomen.

Tay told officers that he had been stabbed by a coworker later identified as Alptug Akkus, 29. Tay was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Shortly before 9 a.m. on October 9, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by the Montclair Police Department, who said that Akkus was also being treated for non life-threatening injuries at a different hospital from the one treating Tay.

After reviewing surveillance footage and continuing to investigate, police learned that a workplace dispute led to the attack. From the Fairfield Police Department:

Earlier in the week, both [Tay and Akkus] were working together in Arizona where the two allegedly had a dispute. This morning, when Akkus came to the company’s parking lot to return his tractor, Tay was allegedly there waiting for him, armed with a wood plank.

It is alleged that Tay can be seen waiting behind a car for Akkus to emerge from his truck at which time Tay begins striking him with the wood plank. It is alleged that during this assault, Akkus pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Tay once in self-defense.

Tay was arrested at the hospital and issued charges that include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of a weapon. No charges have been filed agains Akkus at this time.

The incident remains under investigation.

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