Driver Fatality

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Tina N.'s Comment
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Sadly, the driver of a tanker transporting gasoline was killed in a crash in a road in North Carolina in a neighboring county. According to the news report, a vehicle pulled out in front of the tanker causing the driver to swerve and overturn. It did later burst into flames. It is still blocking traffic at this time. Such a tragedy!

Rob T.'s Comment
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It breaks my heart to hear about anybody losing their life while trying to provide for their families. Hearing stories of this sort is one reason I have no interest in tankers, especially hazmat tankers. From what I've seen the pay is similar to pulling other freight that won't explode.

A couple weeks ago there was a Hy-Vee truck driver that was hit down in Gardiner KS (KC area) in middle of the night. Got out of his truck in a travel lane for an unknown reason and was hit and killed by a driver in a car. From what other drivers told me this guy never took off his reflective vest so he was probably wearing it when this happened. I've gotten out of the truck many times at dark sometimes in a travel lane on a side street to close or open doors and always took my safety for granted.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

G-Town's Comment
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It breaks my heart to hear about anybody losing their life while trying to provide for their families. Hearing stories of this sort is one reason I have no interest in tankers, especially hazmat tankers. From what I've seen the pay is similar to pulling other freight that won't explode.

Same here.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Tina N.'s Comment
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I didn't know that about the pay for driving a tanker or transporting hazardous materials. I am glad that you haven't been hit while by your parked truck - I hope that you never are.

Donna M.'s Comment
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There was a driver on I-75 in Florida killed last week. He had pulled to emergency lane , was standing on his steps when he was hit.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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1 of our drivers, he is kinda my mentor. Met him the very 1st day I got to the terminal @ CRST

Sadly , almost 2 weeks ago, on I-40 in NM, they were parked in stopped traffic due to an accident ahead, already for over 20 minutes. He had his 4 ways on and brakes set waiting..... Suddenly he feels trailer jump from impact. Guess some guy, wasn't paying attention, slammed into the DOT bumper bent it at 90 degree angle almost touching trailer tires, tore a gash in right rear door of trailer (loaded).

He saw smoke (air bags deployed) jump out to go see what happened, too late car was wedged under trailer, caved in to rear door dead on impact. Some things you can't UNsee, it shook him up for few days. Of course all big shots insurance safety etc were on scene.

Witness's said guy veered left without even touching his brakes,no skid marks @ 70+ mph. Never knew what he hit unfortunately. Cell phone was found in his lap, no holder on dash, said it took emergency crew over an hour to extricate the body... :( 53 yr old from Arkansas. Both drivers were separated and interrogated by lawyers etc......Was stranded 3+ days while investigation done. Sent me the 2 pics 1 of bumoer without car, and 1 from front of tractor of car wedged in tight.....I don't EVER wanna see or witness such a horrific event .. lawyers........Cell phones are becoming a new epidemic in accidents, now days.........Put the damn phone AWAY !

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jay F.'s Comment
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This happened 3 miles from my house. Someone hit me at this intersection 2 years ago. It’s such a nasty intersection. I’d try to describe it but it’s cluster you know what.

The accident left me shaken. I was heading southbound, and passed this truck as he was heading northbound, 5 minutes before the accident. I read today that the other driver will be charged. Wasn’t the truck drivers fault. My heart breaks for his family.

Tina N.'s Comment
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Such terrible news from all who replied. Unfortunately, we can't make drivers around us drive safely, no matter what they are driving.

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