Fatal Accident in Katy Sparks Truck Driver Drug Tests
A Texas 18 wheeler accident left a Katy teenager dead yesterday afternoon after the gravel-hauling semi-truck was t-boned by a Ford F-250 occupied by two high school students.
According to the Katy Police Department, both the pickup driver and 18 wheeler truck driver claim they had the right of way. The big rig was knocked to its side upon the impact, leaving the intersection closed down for hours.
Both drivers in the accident were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, although the passenger in the Ford truck was ejected from the vehicle and pinned beneath the semi-truck, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the Texas accident.
The Katy Highschool student has since been identified as Chase Dolan.
Authorities said a blood sample was taken from the driver of the 18 wheeler truck, to test for drugs and alcohol.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones dealing with the loss resulting from this tragic accident.
Although the specific details of Katy 18 wheeler accident are still being investigated, drug and alcohol abuse among truck drivers is a problem that has plagued the trucking industry. Despite regulations and laws established in order to prevent accidents caused by truck driver drug and alcohol abuse, it continues to be a dangerous problem on our interstates and highways.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), drug screenings are required for drivers prior to employment, testing for; marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates (including heroin) and phencyclidine (PCP). In addition to testing prior to employment, truck companies are given drug tests following an accident, if there is reasonable suspicion of drug use, randomly and after returning to duty or as a follow-up to a violation.
Long hours on the road alone, and struggles with truck driving fatigue can sometimes spark drug use among truck drivers, turning the massive size and weight of 18 wheeler truck, semi-trucks, commercial truck and big rigs into fatal weapons that could potentially cause serious injury and death on roads and interstates shared with smaller passenger vehicles.
Employer attention and adherence to testing and hiring procedures required by Texas and other states across the U.S. is necessary to ensure truck drivers are operating in a safe manner, with a clear mind, quick attention and swift reaction necessary to combat daily hazards on the road.
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