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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:01 pm    Post subject: Two truckers killed in truck stop parking lot in separate in Reply with quote [ flag post ]

Two truckers killed in truck stop parking lot in separate incidents


Two truckers were recently killed in separate incidents at a Tennessee truck stop during a four-day span.

Both incidents reportedly happened at the Pilot Travel Center at exit 4 on Interstate 81 near White Pine, TN.

According to White Pine Police Chief Charles Epps, truckers Charles Cline, 56, and Blanca Olmos, 47, were struck and killed by vehicles in the truck stop parking lot.

Cline, of Athens, TN, was walking from the parking lot into the truck stop store at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 when he was hit by truck driver Daniel Taylor. Taylor, according to WBIR-TV, said he didn’t realize he’d hit Cline until later. Rain and snow fell in White Pine that night.

Epps told Land Line Now that Taylor was driving at a slow speed.

Taylor was screened for substances and had not been charged as of Thursday.

On Jan. 16, Olmos walked from the parking lot to the store and was hit by an unknown vehicle between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m. as it backed up from diesel pumps.

Olmos, of Brownsville, TX, was discovered by a trucker pulling in for fuel, the website reported. She drove for FFE Transportation, Dallas, TX. Police told WBIR that the driver who hit Olmos may not have known it.

“What we can figure out is the truck was backing up and didn’t realize he hit her and drug her out into the parking lot and ran her over,” Epps said. “He probably didn’t even feel anything, and then went about his way.”

Epps told Land Line Now that the two fatalities seem to be a fluke more than a safety problem with the truck stop and fuel pumps.

“It has to be a coincidence. Talking with their risk management people across the country they have never had anything like this ever happen at one of their truck stops before.”

Anyone that may have information on Olmos’ death is asked to call White Pine Police at 865-674-7771.

“We don’t foresee charges,” Epps said. “It’s just a tragic accident on both accounts.”


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote [ flag post ]

Walking across a truck stop lot is dangerous and I mean dangerous. A person really need to be very alert. There are far too many "cowboys" trying to exhibit that they are super truckers and I really can't figure it out,who in the hell are they trying to impress???
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote [ flag post ]

I have been to this Pilot on several occasions as it was one of my fuel stops. It used to be a Williams back a long time ago. As for backing out of the fuel island,The truck that pulled ahead was either in taking a shower or eating at the McDonalds that is in there. I wonder if either one of them was talking on the cell phone. I have seen this too many times and these people are so caught up in their conversation they are not aware of what's going on around them. I have had people walk behind while backing up. Do they realize for a few short seconds the driver cannot see you. Backing out of a space is hard enough but at 6:30am it's even harder. I wonder if they were wearing dark clothing? Have you ever noticed the minimal amount of lighting at some of the truck stops but if you go to wear the 4 wheelers park it's lighted up like day time. This is just so sad and tragic. Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid walking in between trucks that are parked in stalls,good way to get robbed or run over. Always keep several feet away from parked trucks so they can see you.
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