Truck driver lets stranger into cab; stranger steals, wrecks truck

April 18th, 2013 - by DKRPA

A few weeks ago, we talked about how truck drivers can benefit from using caffeine. Caffeine is one of just a handful of substances truck drivers utilize to stay awake on long, overnight trips. However, not every truck driver stays away from the more dangerous substances.

A truck accident on the West Coast will make many Florida residents question what was going on with the driver. The actual truck driver had picked up a 19-year-old man in Tennessee and took him all the way out to California.

When they got there, the driver got out of his cab and went to check on something — leaving the 19-year-old in the cab by himself. That young man suddenly jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off, crashing into a number of vehicles. It was later revealed that he was on some sort of substance that caused him to hallucinate. The 19-year-old thought zombies were chasing him (yes, really) and thus he had to drive away.

His recklessness sent at least five people to the hospital, many with serious injuries. There are a few questions to ask with this story. First and foremost, was the driver using any of the substance possessed by the 19-year-old?

But there are other safety concerns here. Why did the driver pick up the young man in the first place? Is that against the truck company’s policy? Even if it is not, at the very least his choice to let an apparent stranger into the truck cab seems very irresponsible.

Source: CNN, “Cause of multiple collisions in California? Zombies, driver tells police,” Dorrine Mendoza, April 11, 2013

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Tags: personal injury, truck accidents

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