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Semi blocks portion of I-70

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A semi accident on Interstate 70 early Saturday morning blocked one lane and slowed traffic in the other.

Shortly before 3 a.m., Saturday, members of the Putnamville Indiana State Police Post, Jackson Township and Posey Township volunteer fire departments, TransCare Ambulance and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a jack-knifed semi-tractor trailer accident near the 27-mile marker in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70.

Once an official determined the unidentified semi driver wasn't hurt, TransCare and Search and Rescue were informed they were not needed at the scene.

Members of JTVFD worked traffic so motorists could use one partially open lane of the highway, while Curtis Wrecker Service personnel removed the wrecked semi from the other shortly before 6 a.m.

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This was a lucky break for not only the truck driver, but for all those who may have been around him when this happened.

I personally put a lot of miles on the interstate, and I am sorry to say that the truckers are no longer the safe, friendly and curtious drivers they were back in the 70's and 80's. Now they seem to be the cause of 95% of all deaths and mishaps that occur on our interstate highways. I watch them as they tail gate each other way too closely, cut off cars and other drivers coming up on them from behind, just because they do not want to wait the extra minute for someone to get around them before they change lanes. And once in the passing lane, they will drive just fast enough to keep up with the vehicle they are passing, until there is a line of cars two miles long behind them waiting to pass. What use to be the "Good Buddy" on our highways has now become the "deadliest drivers" on the road.

We are all aware that they put in long hours and have to deal with dumb drivers in four wheelers, but if they can't control their temper as well as their driving abilities, maybe they should find a job less hazzardious and more to their suited ability...like dispatch.

Next time you travel the interstate...see how many careless truckers you can count before you exit, you may be surprised. And I guarantee they will not be pulled over by a DOT officer for unsafe or hazzardious driving habits.

Sorry Guys...you are no longer a "Good Buddy" to anyone on our nations highways.

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Mon, Aug 4, 2008, at 11:53 AM

"Keeping An Open Mind". very good post. You would have thought the CDL might have weeded out some of the moron truck drivers, but that sure didn't happen.

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Mon, Aug 4, 2008, at 2:54 PM

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