Some say the truck driver who crashed and died after swerving to avoid a rogue mattress on the NJ Turnpike this week is a hero, but not everyone agrees with that assessment.
No charges for driver whose mattresses caused deadly Turnpike crash
Heres how the crash went down. 26-year-old Adam Abuhamoud of Linden was driving northbound on the Turnpike when two mattresses and box springs on his roof flew off.
Dalip Kumar, the trucker behind Abuhamoud then had a split-second decision to make. Swerve left, causing the 8,500 gallon gasoline tanker he was hauling to careen into traffic and explode. Or, swerve right, off the road, in hopes that the wreckage and casualties might be minimized.
Kumar veered right, causing his truck to overturn and abruptly ignite into black flames.
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Check out dashcam footage of the crash and tell us what you think.
Bob from Scotch Plains was among several callers who said that in the video it appears the trucker wasnt keeping a safe following distance. If thats true, he said, then the trucker is no hero.
However, Doug, a 63-year-old former gasoline hauler, disagreed with this stance, and applauded the driver for swerving to the right to avoid more devastation.
Wayne, a commercial driver from Toms River, agreed that tailgating wasnt the issue. He also said the tanker wasnt fully loaded, so the shift in cargo caused the truck to overturn.
Donald, a caller from Freehold, said the lack of charges against the driver whose mattress had fallen off a tractor trailer represents a double standard against truckers.
Similarly, Jim from East Brunswick questioned why the driver whose mattress caused the accident hasnt been charged yet for the insecure cargo.
Was the truck driver a hero? Should the mattress owner be charged for causing the accident? Continue the conversation by tweeting @nj1015 and @BillSpadea.
Bill Spadea is host of the Chasing News TV program. He periodically fills in for NJ 101.5 show hosts, and you can daily hear his opinion about all things New Jerseyhere, or by tweeting @BillSpadea.
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