According to the Associated Press, the driver who was responsible for causing a truck accident in Maine may have been distracted by his cell phone. The police said that 35-year-old Peter Barnum took a call from his boss just moments before the truck he was driving skidded into the path of an Amtrak train on July 11.
Six people were injured in the accident and Barnum was killed, and the train was demolished as well. While police are unable to determine whether or not he was talking on the phone at the exact time of the accident, it is likely that he was distracted shortly before at the very least. The phone call began at 11:00 a.m. and lasted five minutes. Witnesses began calling to report the crash at 11:05. The accident is under investigation still.
If you are the driver of a truck or a large commercial vehicle, you have a greater responsibility to the safety of other motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Under no circumstances should a truck driving be using his phone while driving.
Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorney.