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Truck driver cited in school bus wreck

Posted March 10, 2011

— A truck driver was cited for a wreck with a school bus in Spring Lake Thursday morning, police said.

Police said that Richard Shaw failed to stop for a traffic light and struck the school bus at Odell Road and Bragg Boulevard around 7 a.m.

The bus driver and two students suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital, police said.
Shaw was cited for failure to stop at the light, driving with a revoked license and exceeding the safe speed limit for the conditions.

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  • cabswife Mar 10, 2011

    There is a big difference between truck driver and driving a truck. What a poorly worded title for this story. If he had been driving a car would the title read, "car driver..."?

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 10, 2011

    jbarron: i can not tell you how every company policy is, but for my husband he has to notify his employer even if he gets any kind of ticket on his personal vehicle on personal time.

    i think everyone can say with fairness that we all find ourselves uttering our comments behind the wheel at the car or pickup that just cut us off, or the nut reading the paper on I40, or even the diva filing her nails and applying her mascara while going 70mph down 540 drifting in your lane, than you ever utter under your breathe at a big truck. i know i have. try to remember these things about a rig: *if you cant see them in their side mirror then they cant see you, get back or move along. *obviously there is a heavier load so do NOT pull out in front of them. being behind a rig is NOT the worst thing that could happen during your morning drive! *and who needs to use the emergency lane to pass a rig just to get in front? REALLY? Everyone should take a breathe and bring more respect to the blacktop!

  • jbarron4950 Mar 10, 2011

    The first clue here is revoked license. I'm noy sure, but I believe thatn when a person works for a trucking company, the company is notified that the driver has lost Class C (?) license.

  • jbarron4950 Mar 10, 2011

    It was a double-trailer UPS truck and the driver was asleep in the sleeping compartment. He did n't find out about the accident until he returned to his terminal. his as good as the other comments. NOT!

  • BEACH Mar 10, 2011

    Truck Drivers get such a bad rap. These Guys haul freight day and night that feeds us clothes us & everything. They had to go by strict CDL Rules and believe me most of the Guys do. They would rather hurt theirself that run a truck into someone else.
    My brother has drove for 25 years and you would not believe stories he tells me of people flying in front of him and cutting back and forth, A Trucker really has to be alert. Pray for all truckers out there and thank u for what you do.

  • mustysteer Mar 10, 2011

    As a professional truck driver (mine is an 18-wheeler), thank you to those of you that have defended big rig drivers. This article was titled incorrectly, which caused several to jump the gun and assume it was an 18-wheeler.

  • RMT-NC Mar 10, 2011

    Thank you rickpowers for stating it was a pick-up truck & not an 18-wheeler.

    tarheelblue919 - AMEN!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with 110%. Truckers get a bad rap from the few bad apples in the group. If not for the majority of the truckers, you wouldn't have food, shelter, or a car to drive. I guess to some people your food magically appears at the grocery store - cars magically appear at car lots - building materials magically appear at home improvement stores. Also when they make a turn it takes a whole lot more room to turn than a regular car or truck, so they have to take up more than one lane sometimes because some roads to businesses weren't made for trucks but they still have to get to certain places.

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 10, 2011

    rickpowers, thanks for the clarification :)

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 10, 2011

    Ugum, i have to respectfully say that truck drivers are not the root of all evil on our roadways. My husband is a truck driver. I promise you that a truck driver is upheld to the law to a higher standard than cars. My husband has went through safety courses, he is held responsible my his employers safety committee, and that does not even include the physicals and much further testing, and a truck driver has to be WAY more careful even of medication they take. For a truck driver, they have to be on the p's and q's bc trucking is their career and a CDL endorsement can be revoked. Its what puts food on the table for the family and a roof over their heads. So i assure you that there are a FAR FAR more majority of careless and wreckless and simply STUPID drivers in cars and pickups than you will ever find in a rig! While this particular man in the article should have obviously paid more attention, no doubt! I do not however feel would be accurate to blame "truckers" over all.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Mar 10, 2011


    (what pats are u for? my profile is not private, you can answer there)