Inexperienced driver uses bad judgment; crashes on day two

| 1/25/2008

One truck driver is probably wishing he could have just stayed home on Friday, Jan 18.

That’s because on his second day on the job, he attempted to make a narrow right turn, but didn’t have enough space. He wound up taking out a Dunkin’ Donut sign, which then fell on a parked car.

Stoughton, MA, Police Sgt. Paul McCallum said a pickup truck with a trailer, much less a semi, could even have had a tough time with the turn,.

“It’s hard to believe this guy tried to pull this off,” McCallum told the Stoughton Journal.

The driver, who police did not identify, worked for Tennessee-based U.S. Express Leasing. The driver is no longer employed with the company.

McCallum told the Journal an experienced driver “never would have tried to make the turn.”

The truck went up over the curb, struck a piling and dislodged the Dunkin’ Donuts sign, which was set at least four feet into the ground. Heavy-duty tow trucks and winches were needed to free the loaded truck and the sign.

There were no injuries, but the westbound lane of Route 139 was shut down for nearly two hours, McCallum said.

The tractor-trailer was impounded by the Stoughton Police Department until the company was able to provide proof of insurance.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer