A national news story out of New Jersey shows the terrible tragedies that result when a driver does not get sufficient sleep. On Saturday, June 7, a crash between a Walmart truck being driven by a driver who may not have slept in 24 hours and a Mercedes limousine bus resulted in one fatality and multiple serious injuries.
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Although the investigation into the truck crash isongoing, the driver of the 2011 Peterbilt truck, who was driving for Walmart, has been charged in the crash that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, as well as two other individuals, while another person in the limo suffered from minor injuries. Initial accounts of the accident state that the truck failed to react to slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike and the driver swerved to avoid crashing into the vehicles in front of him, leading him to collide with the limo. The force of the impact caused the limo bus to flip over and collide with other vehicles at the accident site.
At this time, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are working with the Garden State law enforcement officers to identify all issues and facts of this crash. The driver has issued a denial that he was awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and has pleaded "not guilty" in a preliminary hearing. In addition, Walmart has stated that the driver was operating within the guidelines established for commercial truck drivers by the federal government. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation into this horrific crash, the issue of fatigued drivers remains a serious concern.