Friday, January 27, 2006

Could tragedy have been avoided?

A tragedy happened Wednesday. Families are grieving and lives have been forever changed. Seven children from one family, ages 15 years to 20 months, were killed. Numerous other children on the school bus including the driver were hurt some critically. When the Grandfather heard all 7 of his grandchildren had died, he had a heart attack and died.

This happened very close to my home so rumors are flying rampant. From what I hear this could have been prevented. The rumors are that the truck driver was talking on his cell phone and wasn't paying attention. I know the area well where it happened. The speed limit is 60 and it is an easy stretch of road where the speed just creeps up on you. But, it is no excuse. If indeed this driver was talking on the phone, and I know it happens all the time, it is inexcusable. When driving you need to have your full concentration on what you are doing especially if you are driving a 80,000 lb vehicle.

Please, everyone, think about this the next time your cell phone rings when you are driving. Pull over somewhere to take your call. It could save your life or someone elses.