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Charges pending for Lowe's driver in fatal crash

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Reporter Mike Alvarez

Coplay, PA

#1 Dec 10, 2012
BERLIN ---- A Maryland State Police crash team is reconstructing a Friday afternoon accident that claimed the life of a 65-year-old Snow Hill woman.

"She had the through road and he had the yield sign," the sergeant said. "In a week or so, we should know about charges."

He is an employee at Lowe's in Salisbury and was hauling a pallet of concrete for the company when the accident happened about 3 p.m.

http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20121208/W...
Reporter Mike Alvarez

Coplay, PA

#2 Dec 10, 2012
Driver error or lack of upkeep on the truck?

Story at 11.
how awful

Mooresville, NC

#3 Dec 10, 2012
That's horrible and my condolences to her family. We were driving a couple of hours over the weekend and it amazes me how people really don't know the rules of the road anymore; from yeilding to lights on at certain times and conditions and just plain ignorance and rudesness. This guy will have to live with this mistake the rest of his life, that one error in judgement. Very sad.

Since: Oct 11

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#4 Dec 10, 2012
Reporter Mike Alvarez wrote:
Driver error or lack of upkeep on the truck?
Story at 11.
Both-Have you seen the help they are hiring for drivers? And, the admin ASM doesn't keep the truck in tip top shape-afterall, there are deliveries to make and routine maintenance, wait, what is preventative maintenance? We weren't taught that in our LEF training.

Since: Oct 11

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#5 Dec 10, 2012
Oh, the employment test is the mirror test-breathe on the mirror-is there a haze? yep, you are hired. We'll certify you tomorrow in our 5 minute test and you will be good to go.
partofthesolutio n

Medford, NJ

#6 Dec 10, 2012
This is tragic, but how does the possible lack of upkeep factor in?
Reporter Mike Alvarez wrote:
Driver error or lack of upkeep on the truck?
Story at 11.
Larry

Macomb, MI

#7 Dec 10, 2012
partofthesolution wrote:
This is tragic, but how does the possible lack of upkeep factor in?
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Usual things that a real trucking company would check-lights, turn signals, brakes, etc...Cant say because there are no detail yet, but those are probably the first things that investigators will be looking at

www.lowesemployees.com
partofthesolutio n

Medford, NJ

#8 Dec 11, 2012
Larry wrote:
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Usual things that a real trucking company would check-lights, turn signals, brakes, etc...Cant say because there are no detail yet, but those are probably the first things that investigators will be looking at
www.lowesemployees.com
Agreed, but its the driver's responsibility to fill out a dvr before and after every day. Shame on the delivery and/or admin manager if it is found that the truck had something faulty and they didn't react.
nedm

Pembroke, MA

#9 Dec 11, 2012
Hence why they are eventually switching to outsourced delivery.

It's been in region 18 for five or so years now..maybe six with no real problems.

The problem with using a driver is frankly unless they have a CDL then they might not know much about trucking or shipping of anything. Also having a "helper" be pulled from the store just ticks off their department manager. It is one thing to get pulled to another department, it's another to get pulled to help on a delivery and THAT'S what really ticked off people in stores all around me.
Bird

Mount Morris, MI

#10 Dec 11, 2012
I would take being pulled to help on delivery over another dept any day of the week. Mainly because it is you and a driver making decisions all day that seem to work, instead of someone making decisions for you that always seem to F*ck something up more than it already is. It can be tough work, however, it makes the day sail by on most occasions.

As for what could contribute to an accident, it's a commercial vehicle. They don't respond like an SUV. Things such as Brakes, Leafs, airbags, tires, axles, airlines etc can fail and send a commercial vehicle out of control. The only thing stopping it once out of control is the crash that is about to happen. This appears to be driver error or negligence.

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