UPS crashes into VDOT crash truck

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  1. The Best

    The Best Well-Known Member

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    UPS crashes into a VDOT crash truck at a construction site, another truck driver killed trying to avoid it all.

    http://wtkr.com/2015/11/05/fatal-tractor-trailer-accident-closes-64-eastbound/

    If Mr. Robinson is the same person that I knew several years ago, he had several trucks that pulled containers out of the ports in and around Norfolk.
     
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  2. Chucklotto

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    Pretty sad.
     
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    I stand in a mode of "wondering". I am wondering what happened to the UPS driver. Most probably, he ran this route every night and he knew that construction was going on at this point and what caused him to crash into the VDOT vehicle is a mystery to me. Being charged with "reckless driving" is a normal charge in Va. whenever an accident such as this happens. But beyond the UPS driver's situation, our prayers are with the family of Mr. Robinson,. RIP!
     
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    Prayers for the family, after 28 years on the road, I know it only takes a second to start a series of events that are hard to reverse. Pulling two trailers in the ice and snow around Chicago for 15 years, I had many times where I wondered how I got through another close call.
     
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    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I can agree with you Chucklotto,on it only takes a second to change any life events.

    Retiring when I did was based on a crash I had in a winter storm.
    Retiring was nothing I was planing on,until after a few seconds of being completely out of control of my day cab & 48 foot route trailer,on an icy rural road.
    I knew after I came to rest with my cab jackknife into the left side of my trailer it was time to leave the trucking trade.
    All through my life God did always have a way of getting my attention.

    So when I see some of the crashes that are posted on this form where the causes can only be speculated.
    I can only write it off to fait.
     
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    Every winter, I keep telling myself that it is time to hang it up, but here it is Nov. and I am still at it. Sometimes I think that I need my head examined. Never did have too much nerve in bad weather, but at 80 year old, I don't have any. It is tough enough to get through the day in good weather with all the idiots out there trying to be first. But what is a man to do, I don't have any hobbies, can't drive a nail straight or paint a straight line and once I get the yard tended to, there is nothing to do, so I keep on "trucking". I say a prayer on the way to work, "Lord hold me in the palm of your hand and bring me back home safe"---He has since 1963--"Thank You Lord for all the safe miles"
     
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    mud Wonderin'

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    I retired after 36 years at age 58 in 2009. I retired because things were looking bad at YRC. If not for the Yellow and Roadway merger, I would be retiring next year at age 65. I've kept my CDL with Hazmat current but will let it expire next year. I don't ever see myself getting in a truck again.
    The Best, if you are still physically and mentally up to it, and want to keep on trucking at age 80, all I can say is go for it. People half your age, never find contentment in their lives.
    On the other hand, it's kinda hard to get use to at first but there's a lot to be said about retirement.
     
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  9. Sugarfoot

    Sugarfoot " I'm just a truck driver "

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    I just read your post out loud to my wife, she said "that will be you", I laughed, thanks for the post Brother.
     
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    I retired at 50 from a Head-on. I was going up over I-4 in Orlando and met a car hauler who dropped a car in front of me. I was going the speed limit (45) and as he crossed the bridge the SUV went up and the trailer kept going. It totaled my CF tractor and my rear trailer came around blocking the street. All I had time to do was one foot on the clutch and one on the brakes. After two neck surgeries and torn up back, I got the message and retired.
     
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    Let me bow my head and give God thanks and praise for my health @ 80 years old. On Oct. 27th, I drove down to Rocky Mt. N.C. to attend a reunion for Carolina Trailways bus drivers and I was glad I went, but I left a little depressed. The men that I knew years ago, men that were full of life and vigor, I now see these men in wheel chairs, on oxygen, having to walk with "walkers" and here I am still "trucking". All praise and glory to God!

    After a day or two at home, I start getting bored and grouchy and have to get out and I only do trips that I want. I drive the dispatcher crazy. If the trip doesn't suit me, I don't do it. I haul milk in tankers. The only thing that I touch is the landing gear handle and the air lines and pig tail. Hauling milk is the cheapest trucking that I have ever done, on the average it pays around 30cpm and running illegal in the milk business is very common. But I keep at it because I do basically as I please. I have an assigned tractor, nobody gets in it but me. I am the only "part-time" driver at the company that has an 'assigned tractor". Did I say "part-time"? Well for the last 2 months, I have run over 30,000 miles.

    Winter, well I put my trust in Who has kept me safe for 80 years and pray that it is His will to continue keeping me "till the storm passes over".
     
  12. a9faninnc

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    Driver,I know you are not looking for kudos,on your post.However,that is quite a "trucker testimony".Thanks for the read.I enjoyed it.
     

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