XPO | Homeless guy gets run over

Anyone else hear about this? Apparently back in May, some "homeless" guy in Tennesee decided to hitch a ride between a Con-Way/XPO set without the driver knowing. He fell off, and the kite ran him over. Man, the crazy things people do sometimes! I feel bad for that driver.
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/local-news/man-fatally-injured-after-fall-from-semi

Yeah PD...I feel for this driver too. I guess we'll just have to take a look see at our dollies for riders before we shove off from now on.
 
You've gotta wonder how anyone would think riding on the jiff would be a good idea. That'd be a really bumpy ride with steel spring equipment, and there's almost nothing to hang onto. To say nothing of why a homeless guy felt the need to jump on a truck going who knows where.
 
He shouldn't he didn't even know the man was there much less that he had ran over him. The driver was no way at fault. The homeless man friend told the police that they had did it a number of times, And when the truck would stop at a red light they would jump off.
Unfortunately, I imagine this would be comparable to being the rundown rig in a ******* by truck. It's not the driver's fault, but that wouldn't stop a caring person from wondering if there was something they could've done differently.

I sincerely hope the driver is okay. Not every driver is able to cope with killing someone, and even those who are able to climb in the cab again afterwards usually retire early because it's never the same.
 
Unfortunately, I imagine this would be comparable to being the rundown rig in a ******* by truck. It's not the driver's fault, but that wouldn't stop a caring person from wondering if there was something they could've done differently.

I sincerely hope the driver is okay. Not every driver is able to cope with killing someone, and even those who are able to climb in the cab again afterwards usually retire early because it's never the same.
It never happened to me but I am confident that I would be OK as long as it wasn't my fault and that driver should feel the same.
 
It never happened to me but I am confident that I would be OK as long as it wasn't my fault and that driver should feel the same.

We had a guy at our barn that went through something very similar. A guy drove right into his unit killing himself instantly,(a motorcyclist) . We were told not to talk to our driver about it at all. He seems to be alright, still goes out on his peddle run every day.
 
Unfortunately, I imagine this would be comparable to being the rundown rig in a ******* by truck. It's not the driver's fault, but that wouldn't stop a caring person from wondering if there was something they could've done differently.

I sincerely hope the driver is okay. Not every driver is able to cope with killing someone, and even those who are able to climb in the cab again afterwards usually retire early because it's never the same.

Even if I weren't at fault, I think this would be q hard pill to swallow... It's unnerving knowing someone lost their life, no matter how hopeless, at your hands.
 
Even if I weren't at fault, I think this would be q hard pill to swallow... It's unnerving knowing someone lost their life, no matter how hopeless, at your hands.
I read about a guy who drove for Celadon Canada back in 2011. He was doing everything right. He was heading eastbound on the 401, driving in the right lane, out near Port Hope, Ontario. It was about 11am or so. All the sudden, a man runs up out of the ditch, straight into the front of the truck. To the driver's credit, he got the truck safely to the side of the road and notified both dispatch and the police.

The cops told him to stay in the truck. When he was finally escorted from the truck, the officers lead him away to an ambulance. Paramedics cleared him and he was driven home to his family. He told the news later that it took him months to even drive his own car again. To Celadon's credit, they told him to take all the time he needs and that they'd have a brand new rig waiting for him if he decided to return to work. I never did hear if he ever got in the cab again.
 
We had a guy at our barn that went through something very similar. A guy drove right into his unit killing himself instantly,(a motorcyclist) . We were told not to talk to our driver about it at all. He seems to be alright, still goes out on his peddle run every day.
For some people, it's a bump in the road. For others, it changes their lives forever. It can be hard to say with absolute certainty who it would and wouldn't affect, or for what reasons either or is the case.

I know I have no idea how I'd react if it happened to me. I like to think I'd be able to brush it off and keep on trucking, especially since I've hit my share of wildlife over my career, but it's impossible to know for sure. I can imagine there'd be a sense of helplessness that might go with a situation like this.
 
About 25 years ago there was a story going around that a guy in Atlanta (NAT) had jumped on the dolly at a red light, and he rode it all the way to Rome (NRG).
 
One of our guys in Saskatchewan had an off duty rcmp officer do a ******* by truck. Officer was from the east coast, away from his family and was apparently very depressed. He got extremely drunk, and tried four times before out truck came. On duty officers were responding to calls of a person swerving into oncoming traffic.

Sadly, the officer waited at a crossover. As our guy reached it, he drove his mustang convertible into the path of the truck. Our driver kept it upright after loosing the front tire and wheel. It was bad. The officer was cut in half. Our driver was off work for a year. Couldnt even drive his own car. He came back and worked for a bit, but he had PTSD and quit. I can't imagine what's it's like going through killing someone, even if its not your fault.
 
I have a friend who was driving when a guy in a jeep pulled right out in front of him and died on the spot. I asked him how he did with it and he reported no problems, it definitely depends on who the driver is and we would all handle it differently.
 
I hope that I never have to find out how I would deal with any of these examples that you guys have posted. But I think that as long as I didn't play any part in their death, I'd recover alright. This dolly "surfing" incident in Nashville probably wouldn't have major affect on me.
I hope that the driver has moved on mentally, and has put it behind him.
 
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