Meadow Feeder driver dies

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by ManInBrown, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    Anyone in Meadow know the story here. Can’t seem to find anything posted. Heard about it the other day. Has a go fund me page been set up? Apparently he hit a disabled vehicle and was killed instantly. Heading up the NY Thruway
     
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  3. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    Think it was a white cab if that means anything
     
  4. Peppermint Patty

    Peppermint Patty Cardboard Pusher

    Geez. Prayers to him and his family. Just awful.
     
  5. SpicyBrownmustard

    SpicyBrownmustard New Member

    Happened not far from our center hearing two different stories, news said he hit a tractor trailer that was broke down on side of road. Our center manager is saying the truck in front of him had some sort of auto stop and they locked up in front of him. Pretty sure the other guy was broke down and he hit them
     
  6. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I saw the pictures and they are nasty.
     
  7. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    Heres the video of the two trucks after the accident.(link at the bottom) You can see the UPS tractor hidden from view because apparently it is in the rear of the other truck. The force from the stop was apparently enough to force the back door off the rollers.

    James was such a good guy and always a pleasure to talk to .And when I say good guy, I really mean it. The only time I saw him have a temper was when an on road supervisor was giving him grief about installing a radio in the tractor. The sup became aware of it months after the fact.

    Someone was asking if there was a gofund me set up. As far as I know, he was not married and had no kids(I could be wrong) . His parents died within in the last decade so there won't be any grieving parent over his casket(if thats any solace). I don't know all the details because I am not at work for this week(for reasons we won't get into )

    Truck driver dead following Thruway crash in German Flatts
     
  8. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the info. Sorry for the loss of your co worker. RIP to James
     
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  9. retired2000

    retired2000 Active Member

    Why was the tractor white
     
  10. rod

    rod retired and happy

    So the broke down semi was parked right in the traffic lane? Can something happen to a tractor that fast that you are unable to at least pull over to the side? That don't sound right. RIP Mr. Feeder Driver
     
  11. Johney

    Johney Well-Known Member

    Sleeper team tractors are white. Could be he was working by himself doing extra work.
     
  12. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    I don’t think he was working in a white sleeper because he wasn’t a sleeper driver. The trailer he hit was white and his brown tractor is smashed against and pushed into the back of it. Look at the video again and freeze frame. You can see a bit of brown especially the the fairing part.

    I honestly questioned why I was seeing white when I am 99 percent certain he drove brown and then I looked close. Tell me if you are seeing what I am seeing .

     
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  13. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Yes . If something malfunctioned and you can't get air to the brakes or the tractor died, your SOL . At that point my priority would be to get out of the tractor ASAP and set up triangles in order to alert drivers approaching.
     
  14. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    It wasn't a sleeper guy .
     
  15. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    I know and I just called someone to confirm what I knew . I made sure it wasn’t a rental although I think we don’t have any in the fleet anyway.

    It was a brown tractor.
     
  16. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Def brown tractor. I saw the after pics (not from news). The wrecked tractor crushed like a can. I won't post them.
     
  17. Coldworld

    Coldworld Bad mall cop...no donut!!!

    Did he hit the back of the other trailer or on the side of it?? Hard to tell from the pics....
     
  18. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    We don’t have Syracuse jobs out of my building but I would assume it’s a lot like the Albany run. Very dark, lots of hills and valleys. Did he have a medical emergency possibly? How could he not see the disabled tractor trailer at 7am? Maybe it was around a curve? Just terrible.
     
  19. Coldworld

    Coldworld Bad mall cop...no donut!!!

    Absolutely.... very sad
     
  20. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    He hit the back of the disabled trailer. Its slightly off center as if he tried to correct it after it was too late.