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Truck Crash Accidents

Truck Crash Accidents Videos

This video displays some of the worst truck accidents ever.  Not a pleasant thought, but just a reminder that even if you are driving a truck, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will always be safe.

Driving a truck can be very dangerous, just like driving a car.  Sometimes accidents are caused by the truck drivers themselves, car drivers who are drunk, or fall asleep at the wheel, have a heart attack while driving, or other reasons.

You might always think you are invinceable driving a huge freighliner, dump truck or similar, but that is not always the case.  Take care always.

Man killed in crash struggled with son’s death

Man suffers heart attack, hits tree and dies

He sped from the fire station to the scene of the crash — and found his teenage son clinging to life in the back seat.

John Odell knew he did all he could to save 18-year-old Timmy. When his eldest son died in 1989, somehow the volunteer firefighter from Jordan Station found the strength to hold his family together.

Odell, 63, died Wednesday near Dunkirk, N.Y., about 80 kilometres southwest of Buffalo. Reports say the truck Odell was driving drifted off the right shoulder of the road and into some roadside trees.   He was pronounced dead at the scene. His sister, Marilyn Smith, said the family believes he suffered a heart attack.

Before he went on to his dream career of trucking, Odell, who last lived in Niagara Falls but hailed from Jordan Station, fought fires in Lincoln, said Smith.   She said Odell and his brother, also a volunteer firefighter, arrived on the scene after the car driven by Timmy’s girlfriend hit black ice and collided with a tree.   The girl survived, Smith said, but Timmy died in the elevator at the hospital.

And yet it was Odell who took his family’s grief on his shoulders.   “He was going around comforting everybody else, saying, ‘We can do this, we can do this,’ ” she said.   He said he felt everything that could’ve been done to save Timmy was done.   “He said, ‘I know in my heart we were two minutes away. I know the timing. I know how quickly we got here. I know everything that could’ve been done was done, because I was there.’ ”

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Washington Truck Driver Boom

Truck drivers booming in Washington state

Chris Knapp returned to his home town of Mount Vernon, giving up his blackjack casino dealing job in Nevada. Sounds like a good idea, or a bad idea ?  In this case, a good idea for sure.  He came home to take care of his sick parents, but hasn’t been able to find decent work for at least four years. He’s now working part-time at a convenience store.

“It’s hard,” he said. “800 or 900 bucks a month ain’t enough to survive on.”

Now, strangely enough, a new economic upturn is happening in Washington. The trucking industry is hitting on all cylinders right now.   More than half-a-million jobs are expected to open up nationwide over the next eight years.

“I never really pictured myself as a truck driver, but it’ll put food and money on the table,” said Knapp.

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