RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (PIX11) — Prior to Kevin Roper’s plea of not guilty in New Brunswick for the deadly crash involving comedic actor Tracy Morgan, PIX11 News decided to reflect on the weekend accident with truckers at the Vince Lombardi Service Area off the turnpike near Met Life Stadium.
Theses drivers spend most of their days on the nation’s highways. Whether parked or on the move, they stay informed.
In fact, according to Pennsylvania driver Greg Bixler, a majority of the drivers are well aware of the accident involving Morgan. “I’d have to say at least 90% of them.”
And as for the fallout from the crash? Bixler says, “It kind of makes the rest of us all look bad. I mean because we are all professionals out here, supposed to be anyway.”
It also keeps them focused on their job. In fact, several drivers conveyed how the accident serves as reminder of the responsibilities that emerge once behind the wheel.
“It make you think about it real hard, that you just drive right,” said Mark Hill, a trucker with more than 30 years of experience.
However, drivers like John Gerdes are bothered by the Morgan crash because it’s not supposed to happen. “From what I know, it’s almost nearly impossible unless you’re on paper logs.”
It is common for drivers hauling for major corporations have a computerized log system that instructs them when to break.
Normally, there is an indicator on a semi as to whether or not a computer log is in the cab. While most drivers had them on their door at the Vince Lombardi Service Area, PIX11 News was unable to determine if one particular rig had a system inside of it. T
here was nothing on its door. By the way, the trailer had a giant Wal-Mart logo on it.
The NTSB did inform PIX11 News that the investigation was ongoing and the federal agency was unable to confirm nor deny the use of an electronic log inside of Roper’s truck.