Another Accident Involving An 18-wheeler On Hwy 43 In Lauderdal...

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An SUV and 18-wheeler collided on Highway 43 in Killen just after 6:00 Wednesday night. Full Story
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Wanda Bogus

Hawkins, TX

#1 Feb 3, 2010
what is one to think when a driver of 18 wheeler is arrested for DUI.
I always have some fearful thoughts when even meeting a 18 wheeler
without load. I have prayed for Lord to keep him own his side of the road.
Now I will be asking my Lord to keep him on his side, but also that
the driver has a clear head and can hold that rig straight.
On Lauderdale 101 the log trucks run all hours of the night, just trying to get
one more load.
After this Highway 43 wreck, when meeting one of those
big trucks how many will wonder if the
driver is thinking with a clear head and can
they hold it between the lines..
decatur

Huntsville, AL

#2 Feb 3, 2010
thank goodness not all truck driver's don't drink and drive this is just a bad one of more good ones you never hear about
Andy LeMay

Kansas City, MO

#3 Feb 3, 2010
It takes a special kind of teacher to do the type of job that Kevin does. He is a man of God to. You can not help but ask the question why did this wreck have to happen to him.
Corey

AOL

#4 Feb 3, 2010
Wanda Bogus wrote:
what is one to think when a driver of 18 wheeler is arrested for DUI.
I always have some fearful thoughts when even meeting a 18 wheeler
without load. I have prayed for Lord to keep him own his side of the road.
Now I will be asking my Lord to keep him on his side, but also that
the driver has a clear head and can hold that rig straight.
On Lauderdale 101 the log trucks run all hours of the night, just trying to get
one more load.
After this Highway 43 wreck, when meeting one of those
big trucks how many will wonder if the
driver is thinking with a clear head and can
they hold it between the lines..
I agree with you but I know this guy and for whatever reason the police have to charge him with DUI is strickly by DOT law only. You see, it's not the same law that a normal driver has to go by..04 is their limit. not .08 like a normal driver. I don't know all the details yet, but the latest I heard from his family was that he registered .01. You can get that from Nyquil. Just some food for thought
Nadine Brewer

United States

#5 Feb 3, 2010
My husband and I heard the wreck when it happened and saw the truck go off the bank and my husband was the first person to the truck. This driver did all he could not to hit the SUV, but it was unavoidable. The teacher said that it was his fault when asked.
This wreck happened not because of the driver of the 18 wheeler, but because the teacher spilled his coffee and ran into the 18 wheeler, causing him to run off the road. The truck was over the white line on the northbound shoulder of the road when the teacher hit the truck. People need to leave their coffee, cell phones and all other distractions alone when they are driving.
This is the third wreck within a week, two with fatalities, on Hwy 43. Drivers just do not pay close enough attention to their driving. As signs on the highways in Kentucky says “DISTRACTED DRIVING IS DANGEROUS DRIVING.”
I just thank the Lord that no one was coming south that could not stop.
Where this wreck occurred there is a double yellow line and I see people passing in this area all the time. Construction has started to make the highway four lanes, but until the construction is complete, people need to slow down and not be in such a hurry.
road killer

United States

#6 Feb 4, 2010
maybe he can sue whoever sold him the coffee for not putting it in a non-spill cup LOL
Big Rig Driver

Prattville, AL

#7 Feb 4, 2010
road killer wrote:
maybe he can sue whoever sold him the coffee for not putting it in a non-spill cup LOL
LOL
Terry T

Harvest, AL

#8 Feb 4, 2010
All these wrecks on 43. It must be the evil road. It couldn't be bad drivers. Oh no. Not that.
Freebird

United States

#9 Feb 4, 2010
Corey wrote:
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I agree with you but I know this guy and for whatever reason the police have to charge him with DUI is strickly by DOT law only. You see, it's not the same law that a normal driver has to go by..04 is their limit. not .08 like a normal driver. I don't know all the details yet, but the latest I heard from his family was that he registered .01. You can get that from Nyquil. Just some food for thought
Your comment makes no sense Corey, Even if by DOT law it is .04 and you say according to the truck drivers family he only blew a .01 WHY was he arrested then? THERE is more to this story if he was arrested at that limit. He was just lucky someone was not KILLED!!!!
Nadine Brewer

United States

#10 Feb 4, 2010
Freebird wrote:
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Your comment makes no sense Corey, Even if by DOT law it is .04 and you say according to the truck drivers family he only blew a .01 WHY was he arrested then? THERE is more to this story if he was arrested at that limit. He was just lucky someone was not KILLED!!!!
This driver told them (the officers) that he was not hurt, but he had abrasions to his knee and his knee was beginning to swell, which I saw. When he was asked to stand on one leg he could not (field sobriety test) therefore he was DUI. If only he had told them about his injuries it could have made a difference in whether he was arrested or not.
Zellamae

Grant, AL

#11 Feb 4, 2010
Wanda Bogus wrote:
what is one to think when a driver of 18 wheeler is arrested for DUI.
I always have some fearful thoughts when even meeting a 18 wheeler
without load. I have prayed for Lord to keep him own his side of the road.
Now I will be asking my Lord to keep him on his side, but also that
the driver has a clear head and can hold that rig straight.
On Lauderdale 101 the log trucks run all hours of the night, just trying to get
one more load.
After this Highway 43 wreck, when meeting one of those
big trucks how many will wonder if the
driver is thinking with a clear head and can "they hold it between the lines"?
Did anyone else notice that the article, FIRST sentence, said that the semi was "..hit by the SUV"?
That the driver of the semi was given a DUI could be explained by a number of things besides his having drunk beer, whisky, etc. Maybe the man has a cold and his medication caused an incorrect reading. When you don't know all the facts, don't judge. As a matter of fact, when you do know the facts, don't judge either--NOT YOUR JOB.
There are many truck drivers who perform poorly on the road and cause dangerous situations; there are just as many 4-wheelers that take stupid chances around big trucks, speed, follow too close, brake short right in front of 80,000 lbs. forcing the big rig to take defensive action.
Just saying Folks, be a bit kind when considering BOTH these "victims". If you weren't there, you don't really know.
Chris

Mentone, AL

#12 Feb 4, 2010
As an EMS worker I have to say this.

Lay off the truck driver until ALL the facts are in. These drivers are firmly aware that the likely outcome of semi vs 4 wheeler is the death of the other driver. Every driver I have had on scene is very remorseful for an MVC, no matter whos fault it is. In these times even the smallest infraction by a driver can often result in a pink slip, and a very hard time getting back in the driver's seat at any job.

On a different note, I would like to see, topographically, where on this road these accidents are happening to see if perhaps this is a result of speed, poor road design, distracted drivers or a combination of these factors.
Corey

Florence, AL

#13 Feb 4, 2010
Zellamae wrote:
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Did anyone else notice that the article, FIRST sentence, said that the semi was "..hit by the SUV"?
That the driver of the semi was given a DUI could be explained by a number of things besides his having drunk beer, whisky, etc. Maybe the man has a cold and his medication caused an incorrect reading. When you don't know all the facts, don't judge. As a matter of fact, when you do know the facts, don't judge either--NOT YOUR JOB.
There are many truck drivers who perform poorly on the road and cause dangerous situations; there are just as many 4-wheelers that take stupid chances around big trucks, speed, follow too close, brake short right in front of 80,000 lbs. forcing the big rig to take defensive action.
Just saying Folks, be a bit kind when considering BOTH these "victims". If you weren't there, you don't really know.
So True...The cops are going to do whatever to make an example because of the recent wrecks there.
JESSICA FLOYD

Sheffield, AL

#14 Feb 4, 2010
I THANK THE REALLY DO NEED TO FIX THEM ROADS ON 43 SO IT WONT CAUSE NO MORE ACCEDENTS I PRAY THAT KEVIN BLACK WILL BE OK I WENT TO ROGERS WERE HE WAS TEACHING AT
joe taxpayer

Huntsville, AL

#15 Feb 4, 2010
I hope the 4 wheeler driver is OK but the big rig driver has a very tough row to hoe also . As a professional driver myself I know he and his family will suffer plenty . After the monetary cost of fighting an unjust DUI they will suffer the emotional effects of job loss,guilt, and the judgement of the public who has no idea what really happened. "just another drunk trucker."When you take the responsibility of an 80000lb rig you know that one day a fatal accident will occur and you hope you can stand up to the scrutiny of all those who investigate no matter the cause of the accident.
A Truckers Wife

Cullman, AL

#16 Feb 4, 2010
Please don't judge all drivers by this one. Like the person said, in all these accidents the drivers were not at fault, it was the 4 wheel people causing the accidents. Everyone and every law enforcement officer issuing citations should have to ride in a 18 wheeler for 1 week and see all the dum things people do. When I ride with my husband, and he is a local driver, I am trying to apply brakes and bracing myself all the time because of the drivers on the road. Like those who drive in the passing lane and not passing anyone and will not move over until they see you coming by them. If everyone will not pull out in front of them to keep from following them and not jump over in front of them at the lights when the extra space is actually their stopping distance it would be better. Also they can not stop on a dime and if you want to take your life in your hands just go ahead and pull out in front of a loaded truck because the driver has a heart and soul also - if he can't stop and kills someone then he has to live with that. There are more people out here driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
in vechiles than Truckers. And these Truckers are the ones keeping America running.
Piratemom

Muscle Shoals, AL

#17 Feb 4, 2010
"On a different note, I would like to see, topographically, where on this road these accidents are happening to see if perhaps this is a result of speed, poor road design, distracted drivers or a combination of these factors"

The area of 43 where friday's accident happened is a flat straght away stretch, Monday's accident was at the bottom of a hill but when you top the hill you can see for a great bit of distance and last nights accident is also in a straight stretch of 43 there are drop offs where this one happened but a few years ago they widened the sides of the road

4 laning 43 is in progress but it will take a while to be completed! In mho there will still be just as many wrecks because of the speeding on the roads after the road is 4 laned (not saying that any of these accidents were a result of speeding) 43 is one of the smoothest roads that I have to ride on everyday and I just can't see how the road is the factor in any of these wrecks!
r cox

United States

#18 Feb 4, 2010
JESSICA FLOYD wrote:
I THANK THE REALLY DO NEED TO FIX THEM ROADS ON 43 SO IT WONT CAUSE NO MORE ACCEDENTS I PRAY THAT KEVIN BLACK WILL BE OK I WENT TO ROGERS WERE HE WAS TEACHING AT
fix the roads on 43?????????? what are you talking about? The road is just fine. The only accident that the road was a factor in was Fridays and it was iced over.
geo

Huntsville, AL

#19 Feb 4, 2010
why did Black run into Patterson,was he texting ?
Nadine Brewer

United States

#20 Feb 4, 2010
geo wrote:
why did Black run into Patterson,was he texting ?
Mr. Black spilled his coffee and was attempting to get it. If he had not been leaning over to get his coffee this wreck would not have happened, but since the wreck did happen, it is a good thing that he was leaned over or he would probably been killed.

This is one of those Distracted Driver things that happens to a lot of drivers every day.

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