Trucker receives 3 years

Trucker receives 3 years

There are 20 comments on the Columbia Daily Tribune story from Jun 29, 2007, titled Trucker receives 3 years. In it, Columbia Daily Tribune reports that:

“But the fact of the matter is two people lost their lives, and you are deeply responsible.”

A Missouri truck driver was sentenced yesterday to serve three years in prison for causing a traffic accident last year that killed two people on Interstate 70 on the eastern edge of Columbia. via Columbia Daily Tribune

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“Life is just a Moment, njoy it”

Since: Jan 07

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

#1 Jun 29, 2007
Don't talk about it if you don't give all the facts and details. Yes the truck is the bigger vehicle, but how did this happen? Truck drivers just don't run into cars and kill people, even if we want too!!
OKIE1

United States

#2 Jul 2, 2007
TANGLEFOOT wrote:
Don't talk about it if you don't give all the facts and details. Yes the truck is the bigger vehicle, but how did this happen? Truck drivers just don't run into cars and kill people, even if we want too!!
The news report states he was driving too fast for the conditions...and rear-ended another semi. I've many trucks "tail-gate" other motorists, while driving on the Interstate. Some truckers (not all) do it, to intimidate other motorists, to get out of their way, I guess. I can see no other reason for a trucker to tail-gate at such high rates of speed.

“Trucking Is Not A Job-Its Life”

Since: Jun 07

Richmond / Colonial Heights,VA

#3 Jul 3, 2007
OKIE1 wrote:
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The news report states he was driving too fast for the conditions...and rear-ended another semi. I've many trucks "tail-gate" other motorists, while driving on the Interstate. Some truckers (not all) do it, to intimidate other motorists, to get out of their way, I guess. I can see no other reason for a trucker to tail-gate at such high rates of speed.
where do you get he was tail-gating another truck? the report said: "Police records indicate West in April 2006 was driving too fast for conditions and wasn’t paying attention when his truck rear-ended another semi-truck on I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit." where does that equal tail-gating? it only takes what you think is a second to say adjust a radio, or take a drink and before you know it, the trucks gone half a mile. you can be going down the interstate come around a tight right hand curve and roll up a traffic backup. he could of had a case of highway hipnosis or been drousy. there could be any one of a houndred reasons it happaned. only the driver knows the reason and he has to live with what happaned the rest of his life.
OKIE1

United States

#4 Jul 3, 2007
Long Haul Driver wrote:
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where do you get he was tail-gating another truck? the report said: "Police records indicate West in April 2006 was driving too fast for conditions and wasn’t paying attention when his truck rear-ended another semi-truck on I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit." where does that equal tail-gating? it only takes what you think is a second to say adjust a radio, or take a drink and before you know it, the trucks gone half a mile. you can be going down the interstate come around a tight right hand curve and roll up a traffic backup. he could of had a case of highway hipnosis or been drousy. there could be any one of a houndred reasons it happaned. only the driver knows the reason and he has to live with what happaned the rest of his life.
One is supposed to keep enough distance, from the vehicle(s), in front so one can stop in time if need be. If he had "highway hynosis" or was drowsy, he should not have been driving. He should have pulled over until he was awake enough to drive safely.
Does any of this make him a "bad person"? No, but he obviously wasn't observing safety procedures.

Since: Jan 07

Peoria, IL

#5 Jul 4, 2007
OKIE1 wrote:
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One is supposed to keep enough distance, from the vehicle(s), in front so one can stop in time if need be. If he had "highway hynosis" or was drowsy, he should not have been driving. He should have pulled over until he was awake enough to drive safely.
Does any of this make him a "bad person"? No, but he obviously wasn't observing safety procedures.
His many years of driving safely down the highways lulled him into being too comfortable with his surroundings. Most likely on auto-pilot. All it takes is one instance of distraction. And boom, your life is changed forever.

“Living the country life!!!”

Since: Jul 07

Toledo, Ohio

#6 Jul 21, 2007
Clucker wrote:
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His many years of driving safely down the highways lulled him into being too comfortable with his surroundings. Most likely on auto-pilot. All it takes is one instance of distraction. And boom, your life is changed forever.
There is no doubt that this mans life has been changed forever, as with many others. I agree with everything you have said. Is there not a limit on how many hours a truck driver can drive in a day? I have driven on our many highways and it is not only the truck drivers who drive to close to other drivers. I have seen cars who get to close to semis, cars who get to close to other cars. You seem to be a truck driver yourself- Does it not mess up a truck driver when a car or other vehicle either gets to close to the back or is not far enough ahead of the truck? I think the sentence he recieved was appropriate and i believe he will regret that day for the rest of his life. After he serves his years in prison, i believe he will be in his own private prison for the rest of his life.

Since: Jan 07

Peoria, IL

#7 Jul 22, 2007
NettieinBrashear wrote:
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There is no doubt that this mans life has been changed forever, as with many others. I agree with everything you have said. Is there not a limit on how many hours a truck driver can drive in a day? I have driven on our many highways and it is not only the truck drivers who drive to close to other drivers. I have seen cars who get to close to semis, cars who get to close to other cars. You seem to be a truck driver yourself- Does it not mess up a truck driver when a car or other vehicle either gets to close to the back or is not far enough ahead of the truck? I think the sentence he recieved was appropriate and i believe he will regret that day for the rest of his life. After he serves his years in prison, i believe he will be in his own private prison for the rest of his life.
Yes, I am a truck driver...I am also in law enforcement.

I grit my teeth everytime someone passes me, slows down and moves in front of me without any regard as to the distance between us. All it would take is for them to have to jam on their brakes and their life is over in a heartbeat. Because of their actions, I can't stop fast enough before I'm already in their back seat. I feel for any family that loses their loved ones in such tragedies, people just need to stay more focused on the task at hand.

One of the big dangers of a car following too close to a truck is that there could be a chance of debri from the road being kicked up from the tires and shattering one's windshield or even a tire blowing out and severely damaging the vehicle.

There is a 'legal' limit to the number of hours a driver can drive in a day. There isn't a 'legal' limit as to how many hours a person can drive in a day in their personal vehicles, though. There are a lot more private motorists involved in crashes falling asleep at the wheel than the average truck drivers.

“Life is just a Moment, njoy it”

Since: Jan 07

Nekoosa, Wisconsin

#8 Jul 22, 2007
Clucker wrote:
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Yes, I am a truck driver...I am also in law enforcement.
I grit my teeth everytime someone passes me, slows down and moves in front of me without any regard as to the distance between us. All it would take is for them to have to jam on their brakes and their life is over in a heartbeat. Because of their actions, I can't stop fast enough before I'm already in their back seat. I feel for any family that loses their loved ones in such tragedies, people just need to stay more focused on the task at hand.
One of the big dangers of a car following too close to a truck is that there could be a chance of debri from the road being kicked up from the tires and shattering one's windshield or even a tire blowing out and severely damaging the vehicle.
There is a 'legal' limit to the number of hours a driver can drive in a day. There isn't a 'legal' limit as to how many hours a person can drive in a day in their personal vehicles, though. There are a lot more private motorists involved in crashes falling asleep at the wheel than the average truck drivers.
Also Car people are told that they hav the RIGHT O WAY over the truck; the larger vehicle has to yield the right O Way, Who's bright idea was this? Trains are also larger aren't they? Do they yield the right O way? A truck going through a Residential area looking for a stop, should not have to yield any right O way, How about helping the guy out hell you see he's from out of town in a big OTR truck!! People Suck don't they?

“Living the country life!!!”

Since: Jul 07

Toledo, Ohio

#9 Jul 22, 2007
Clucker wrote:
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Yes, I am a truck driver...I am also in law enforcement.
I grit my teeth everytime someone passes me, slows down and moves in front of me without any regard as to the distance between us. All it would take is for them to have to jam on their brakes and their life is over in a heartbeat. Because of their actions, I can't stop fast enough before I'm already in their back seat. I feel for any family that loses their loved ones in such tragedies, people just need to stay more focused on the task at hand.
One of the big dangers of a car following too close to a truck is that there could be a chance of debri from the road being kicked up from the tires and shattering one's windshield or even a tire blowing out and severely damaging the vehicle.
There is a 'legal' limit to the number of hours a driver can drive in a day. There isn't a 'legal' limit as to how many hours a person can drive in a day in their personal vehicles, though. There are a lot more private motorists involved in crashes falling asleep at the wheel than the average truck drivers.
Thanks for your input- I'll remember all you said while driving on the highways. I have the utmost respect for all truck drivers on the highway, more now then ever- I have a son who just got his CDL a couple of months ago and i worry about him all the time when he is out on the road.
OKIE1

United States

#10 Jul 23, 2007
NettieinBrashear wrote:
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Thanks for your input- I'll remember all you said while driving on the highways. I have the utmost respect for all truck drivers on the highway, more now then ever- I have a son who just got his CDL a couple of months ago and i worry about him all the time when he is out on the road.
Nettie in Brashear. Finally !! Someone from Brashear. I lived just outside Brashear, when I was a small child, back in the 1950's. I paid a recent visit there. Some day I would like to retire there.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#11 Jul 23, 2007
But it also stated that there was road construction going on as well if my memory serves me correctly, anyway, I have had Cars speed up and pull right in front of me to get to where ever they are going a little sooner and it does not matter to them that the lane they are in is ending.. and I have seen them do it to big trucks as well..
I feel sorry for both families that were involved.. and I know that this truck driver is really feeling bad himself..
But prison, hell even child rapist dont get prison time. just a slap on the wrist, I am sure he did not just say I am going to hit this truck to see if I can kill somone..
Comeon I really think that this family has been through enought.
May God Bless you all
Hobo

Novinger, MO

#12 Jul 23, 2007
Aren't you one who wants to shoot people you don't know when they knock on your door at night?

I will not make excuses for the trucker, but there are more deaths on our highways than there are in our homes.

And ya'll want to excuse reckless driving and shoot people on your front porch?

And damned if you want to train people to have a gun. Jump back! Just give them a loaded gun and let them start blasting.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#13 Jul 23, 2007
hobo, no where did it say knock on your front porch and I would shoot them now did it.. I posted n the other topic that if someone BROKE into my home, I would defend my home and family. ANY SANE PERSON WOULD
so if you are talking about this truck driver and my statment, you need to read the post on blunt signs bill allowind missourians to attack. so yes I guess I am saying I will defend reckless driving and I will shoot someone if they break into my home where they are not invited.. and try to harm my family or myself.. and if you would try and talk with the person who broke into your home then you are just plain insane because what right do they have to be in your home uninvited..just so they can kill you and your family for a few items to supply a drug habit.. my family is worth more than the person who breaks into my home

Since: Jan 07

Peoria, IL

#14 Jul 24, 2007
minicoopergal wrote:
hobo, no where did it say knock on your front porch and I would shoot them now did it.. I posted n the other topic that if someone BROKE into my home, I would defend my home and family. ANY SANE PERSON WOULD
so if you are talking about this truck driver and my statment, you need to read the post on blunt signs bill allowind missourians to attack. so yes I guess I am saying I will defend reckless driving and I will shoot someone if they break into my home where they are not invited.. and try to harm my family or myself.. and if you would try and talk with the person who broke into your home then you are just plain insane because what right do they have to be in your home uninvited..just so they can kill you and your family for a few items to supply a drug habit.. my family is worth more than the person who breaks into my home
They can have my belongings if they want them...just try harming me or my family and they'll be eating lead.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#15 Jul 25, 2007
TANGLEFOOT wrote:
<quoted text>Also Car people are told that they hav the RIGHT O WAY over the truck; the larger vehicle has to yield the right O Way, Who's bright idea was this? Trains are also larger aren't they? Do they yield the right O way? A truck going through a Residential area looking for a stop, should not have to yield any right O way, How about helping the guy out hell you see he's from out of town in a big OTR truck!! People Suck don't they?
Ok I have to stop you there on the people suck comment. I have many times helped a trucker out ( I will get killed one of these days I know) But, on with my post. I have seen big rigs on the side of the road, drivers out looking under the hood, tires, what ever, and I stop to see if they need help. this is on I 35 and highway 36 in the middle of no where. Sometimes I bring them all the way to Cameron where I live and drop them off at the truckstop here and other times they tell me they have a call in to someone.
I have even helped them find a location they were looking for.. so NOT ALL PEOPLE SUCK. some of us Swallow...lol just teasing on that last one..lol
Anyway, I agree most people dont have respect for the trucker, I for one do and I will stop to help. My parents have told me many times Darlene one of these days someone is going to kill you... But just the same I believe God will protect me..
OKIE1

United States

#16 Jul 25, 2007
minicoopergal wrote:
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Ok I have to stop you there on the people suck comment. I have many times helped a trucker out ( I will get killed one of these days I know) But, on with my post. I have seen big rigs on the side of the road, drivers out looking under the hood, tires, what ever, and I stop to see if they need help. this is on I 35 and highway 36 in the middle of no where. Sometimes I bring them all the way to Cameron where I live and drop them off at the truckstop here and other times they tell me they have a call in to someone.
I have even helped them find a location they were looking for.. so NOT ALL PEOPLE SUCK. some of us Swallow...lol just teasing on that last one..lol
Anyway, I agree most people dont have respect for the trucker, I for one do and I will stop to help. My parents have told me many times Darlene one of these days someone is going to kill you... But just the same I believe God will protect me..
I think truckers are in more danger of being robbed/killed/murdered than "civilians". There are actually people, out there, who try to "waylay" truckers because they know (as a general rule) that truckers are helpful to other motorists. They know truckers carry money and they stage "accidents", etc. A friend of mine (a trucker) fell for this ploy: He saw a "stalled" car and a crying woman holding a baby, along I-70. He stopped to help. Two men jumped out from behind some bushes, held a gun to his head, and robbed him. The woman was holding a doll...she was the "decoy". Happens more than you might think.

“Minicoopergal here”

Since: Jul 07

Cameron Mo

#17 Jul 25, 2007
That is terrible. I do hope that he did not get hurt in the robbery... man, I would have never thought of them being robbed, maybe I should tell them when I see them I am not going to rob you if you dont kill me. but are you having trouble if so I can take you to the nearest town or station...lol
spoiled Brat

Valencia, CA

#18 Jul 30, 2007
Long Haul Driver wrote:
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where do you get he was tail-gating another truck? the report said: "Police records indicate West in April 2006 was driving too fast for conditions and wasn’t paying attention when his truck rear-ended another semi-truck on I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit." where does that equal tail-gating? it only takes what you think is a second to say adjust a radio, or take a drink and before you know it, the trucks gone half a mile. you can be going down the interstate come around a tight right hand curve and roll up a traffic backup. he could of had a case of highway hipnosis or been drousy. there could be any one of a houndred reasons it happaned. only the driver knows the reason and he has to live with what happaned the rest of his life.
I have seen many times, too many to count in fact, drivers in cars, small cars, cut in front of a truck that is driving the posted speed, and they think that this truck can just maneuver around them....that's insane. I know these trucks outweigh cars by the tons...and that scares the heck out of me...I would never do that, for fear that the truck couldn't slow down if he/she wanted to! This is insane. It is a shame that people die every day, because of neglegance, carelessness and just plain o' stupidity! These trucks are bringing the food to YOUR table, these truckers are working for THEIR families, they CAN'T slow down like we can, THEY cannot wiggle in and out of traffic like we can...so GET OUT OF THEIR WAY! Let them do their job so YOU can go to the grocery store and buy your food or whatever! Just be careful, watch where you go and how you drive, and stay out of their way...they are bigger, weigh more, and are more difficult to control....why risk it? so you can say they were "tailgaiting?"? Give me a break...GIVE THEM A BREAK!!!
spoiled Brat

Valencia, CA

#19 Jul 30, 2007
the post that I posted is in NO WAY encouraging tailgating....and isn't meant for any SINGLE person...there are bad drivers all over, cars, and truckers...alike! But, why risk an accident...maybe he/she won't hit you, but have to swerve to miss you because you thought you owned the whole damn road, and hit some innocent person in the next lane.....does that make you better, does that make you right, because you had the RIGHT to merge onto the freeway? NO!

To all the Truckers, men and women, who sacrifice time with their families to provide services to me and mine, and their own also, I salute you....RIDE ON! Be SAFE. and Thank you!
Mandi

Kingston, PA

#20 Feb 10, 2008
I had a trucker on my tailgate, INCHES from my bumper. I was driving on I-80 Pennsylvania and this moron decided that it would probably be funny to scare the lady in the Mercedes SUV...WELL , HE DID. I was almost at 85 mph just to get over in the "slow lane". There were only 2 lanes at the time, and I was doing 65(the posted legal limit) before he came up on my bumper. This was totally unacceptable behavior. He did not give me enough time to get over and when I finally did, he switched into the slow lane and continued to tail gate me, as if some sick, evil game this idiot driver played. Some drivers, both car drivers, truckers, ect... have no value on others lives, or their own. They could care less if you have a child in the car terrfied, such as mine was that night. She said, "Mommy, he is gonna kill us"...that comes from a 10 year old.
Sad..........

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