A driver carrying equipment for Carrie Underwood’s Play tour was killed Saturday morning when his truck crashed on Interstate 95 just outside Stonington, Conn. Police reports indicate that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed but there were no skid marks on the pavement to indicate that the driver had tried to stop before running off the road.
The questions must be asked: did he have sleep apnea? Was he a drowsy driver? The pattern described in reports to date are consistent with what is often seen in such accidents. If post-mortem tests do not show any sort of impairment, either medical or drug-related, what would cause a professional driver to lose control and die a fiery death without even trying to stop or regain control?
This was obviously a personal loss for Ms. Underwood, who gave a teary salute to the driver in her concert Saturday night (see below). To the driver’s family and to Ms. Underwood and her road crew, we offer our deepest condolences. To everybody, we urge you to recognize the need to get sufficient sleep and, if you have symptoms of sleep apnea – such as snoring at night and exhaustion during the day – get tested before you or someone else on the road dies.
Click here to see a news report of the accident and Ms. Underwood’s tribute.