AmericanTruckersAtWar

Professional, Polite, Prepared to Kill

Nature of trucking is villain, too

His company wanted him to do more, to push harder.

Alvin Wilkerson, then a 31-year-old truck driver, didn’t want to risk losing a route that allowed him to come home to Jacksonville, to his wife and children. So he didn’t say that what he was being asked to do might be unreasonable, even dangerous. He promised to push harder.

“You’re the man,” his boss said in a text message.

One week later, after basically going 34 hours without sleep, he dozed off at the wheel of his semi on Florida 121. You know what happened. The whole country knows what happened. He slammed into a Pontiac Bonneville that was stopped behind a school bus, killing seven children.  More from Jacksonville.com

Due to my close affiliation with Shaffer Trucking, I’ll stay silent for a bit.  Fellow Crete/Shaffer/Hunt drivers, any thoughts, comments?  Drivers for other companies?  We have all heard the “push it harder” from dispatch…  My heart goes out to the families of those killed in the accident and agree the driver SHOULD face charges – after all, we are ultimately responsible for our actions.

Remember – it’s not Channel 19.  Keep it pithy and rather clean…. Your mom, wife or kids may be reading this blog…….

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July 10, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. HI! IVE DROVE FOR CRETE CARRIER FOR 8 YEARS AND DURING THAT TIME I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED OR EXPECTED TO DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD BE UNSAFE TO ME OUR THE PUBLIC, CRETE HAS A LOAD SELECT POLICY WHERE YOU CHOOSE THE LOAD. THAT WAY YOU HAVE AN INPUT ON WHEN YOU PICKUP AND DELIVER THAT BEST SUITS YOURE HOURS AND PRODUCTIVITY. ON THE FEW OCCASIONS I HAVE HAD A PROBLEM WITH ILLNESS OR BEING FATIGUIED IVE CALLED AND EXPLAINED THE SITUATION AND I HAVE BEEN TOLD ON EACH OCCASION THAT THEY WERE SORRY AND THEY WOULD RESCHEDULE, OR REPOWER THE LOAD.SO THE COMMENTS ABOVE TO ME TRY TO BLAME A GOOD CARRIER AND NOT THE DRIVER FOR NOT GETTING THE PROPER REST AND TO BE PREPAIRED TO DO THE JOB HE HAS CHOSEN TO DO. I KNOW THERE IS NO WAY A COMPANY KNOWS WHAT YOU DO ON YOURE OWN TIME BUT YOU AS A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AS FAR AS REST TO DO THAT JOB SAFELY.

    Comment by JACK LOWERY | July 18, 2008 | Reply


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