Semi-truck or tractor-trailer drivers often go to specific schools to obtain their commercial driver’s license. This school usually incorporates both in-classroom and hands-on training in a yard as well as on the road so that the drivers have first-hand experience. They also have to submit past driving records for up to five years in some cases, and many schools will not accept applicants with infractions such as DUI or reckless driving. These conditions usually make the drivers of semi-trucks some of the safest drivers on the road.
However, even all of that training can still sometimes not prevent tragic accidents from occurring. Fredricksburg.com reports on a Georgia truck driver arrested after a multi-vehicle crash.
Earlier this month, a Georgia man, 62-year-old James Edward Lee of McDonough, was driving a semi-truck without a trailer. While driving in the center lane of State Route 3 when he veered into the right-hand lane.
His truck then crashed into five cars waiting at a red light at the intersection of Gateway Boulevard.
54-year-old Shari Laney was trapped in a vehicle and died at the scene. Another man, who was in the car with Laney and another male, 46, from Ruther’s Glen, and a 56-year-old woman from Locust Grove were taken to the hospital.
Authorities say that there was no sign of Lee attempting to brake before the accident. Detectives are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Lee was charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor reckless driving in the wake of the accident.
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