Don’t know if this would be considered an accident or not

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by hotrod1653, Jun 17, 2024.

  1. hotrod1653

    hotrod1653 Road Train Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    Somewhere in America
    This just came across my news feed this evening…. Prayers for the family of the driver:

    FARGO — A semi driver was found dead Monday, June 17, in his cab at a Fargo gas station.

    The Fargo Police Department, Fargo Fire Department and Cass County Coroner’s Office responded shortly after noon Monday to the Petro Travel Center at 4510 19th Ave. S. for a report of a man who died in semi-minister. Tara Hobbs, a semi driver from Ocean Shores, Wash., watched from her semi as emergency responders removed a man’s body from the sleeper cab of a blue semi.

    The semi the man was found in was parked in the truck lot Wednesday, Hobbs said. The Forum spoke with her shortly after authorities left the scene.

    The blue semi was still parked in the truck lot just southwest of the Petro store when a reporter interviewed Hobbs.

    It is not clear how the man died or when he died. Based on a video Hobbs showed The Forum, it was likely the man had been dead for several days. He looked to be in his 60s or 70s, she said.

    Hobbs said he saw a man in a red SUV pull up to the scene before looking inside the semi. The man came out a few minutes later and called 911, she said.

    Several police vehicles parked in front of her truck before she went to the semi, she said. After a medical examiner inspected the body inside the semi, police, medical examiners and firefighters worked to remove the man’s body from the sleeper cab, she said.

    The man was pulled head first while on his back, the video showed. Authorities placed a body bag over his body, but it appeared to come out halfway up his torso, the video showed.

    Hobbs said the body could have been removed from the semi in a more dignified manner. Police and coroners should have taken more steps to hide the body from view, she said.

    “They should have put him in a disaster pack first and then taken him out,” she said. “Instead, they brought it out and had a live audience.”

    The Forum has reached out to the Fargo Police Department and the Coroner’s Office for comment.

    Hobbs said it was disturbing and depressing to watch the man pulled from the semi, saying the way authorities treated the Petro man was unprofessional. Her father was a funeral director, she said, adding that he knew how bodies should be treated.

    “I don’t care if you’re a truck driver or not,” she said. “You don’t make a person like that. If it weren’t for us, you wouldn’t have any food or meals in your fridge.”

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  3. Bud A.

    Bud A. Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Mountain Time
    Not saying that she's wrong about the proper way to remove a body from inside a truck, but why the heck would you go get a closer look and then complain about what you saw? She could have just pulled her curtains. Bet she slow rolls while rubbernecking past crashes too.
  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

    May 2, 2021

    Based on that video, this beech has no more respect for the dead and their family than the PD has for patrons of the Petro.
  5. silverspur

    silverspur Road Train Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    The older an OTR driver gets, this is the likely scenario. I'm pretty sure it will happen to me.
  6. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    20 maybe close to 25 years ago there was a driver found dead with his girlfriend or wife in a fairly new at the time medium metallic blue Pete 379 at the Petro in San Antonio. They had been in there for a week or so. The engine and ac finally shut down when it ran out of fuel. After the police cleared the scene The truck was towed down the highway about 2 to 3 miles to a diesel shop and left there. It still sits there to this day. You can see it as you pass by on I-10.
    After a few years had gone by i noticed the sleeper was removed and is now Mia but it still sits there without it to this day. Stories like this remind me of it. RIP.
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  7. silverspur

    silverspur Road Train Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    My brother in law was at Berky's restaurant at the TA in Lexington Virginia a few years back and the coroner was pulling a body out of a truck within eyesight. The waitress told my BIL that it happens on occasion.
  8. rolls canardly

    rolls canardly Road Train Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    mt. pocono. pa.
    R.I.P. Driver. Sad and tragic news.
    Kenny Rodgers, and
    "The best you can hope for, is to die in your sleep" comes to mind.
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  9. Vampire

    Vampire Medium Load Member

    May 14, 2011
    Interesting story. You have a photo of it?
  10. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    I'm surprised I haven't seen any ambulances or police or coroners at truck stops much. I saw an ambulance at a truck stop early one morning in a truck stop in Idaho once and figured the driver woke up with chest pains or something but that was it. I hear about truckers dying in their sleepers but I haven't seen it at all. I figured most drivers must lose their medical and have to quit before they die.
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