Safely Sharing the Road With Tractor Trailers

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- Roads in Augusta County are still seeing traffic from a detour after Wednesday's deadly tractor-trailer accident which happened on I-81 south near Staunton.

Traffic's moving northbound, but it was slow southbound since that crash near mile marker 220 in Staunton. Two semi-trucks were involved, and the driver of one of them was killed.

"We can't stop that thing on a dime," said Leonard Wiggins, a truck driver.

Many of the truck drivers stopped at a rest area northbound passed the accident on the other side of the interstate. They say driving a truck can be difficult when there are lots of cars on the road, but staying safe on the streets starts before they ever get in the truck.

"It's not no toy to play with," said Wiggins, who has been a truck driver for nearly 30 years. He said drivers are supposed to check their oil and brakes. Wiggins and several other drivers checked their tires before they left the rest stop.

For those of us who drive only four wheels, there are things we can do when trucks are around to make it a safer trip for everybody.

"A lot of cars just jump in front of you all the time and start slowing down. We want to pass them and they start to speed up," explained Wiggins.

For most truck drivers, they tell me that means giving them enough space. after all their goal is the same as ours, to get where they're going.

"That's our livelihood right there. So, if we mess up, that's our livelihood. We won't have nothing to eat. That's how we feed our family," said Wiggins


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