Trucker sues NJ DOT over falling concrete slab that cost him his career

"I’m worried this could happen to someone else and they don’t make it out alive," he said.

Trucker sues NJ DOT over falling concrete slab that cost him his career

A truck driver has filed suit against the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) after he says that he suffered a major career-ending injury because of the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

The lawsuit stems from an incident that occurred on January 10, 2018, on Route 4 in Teaneck, according to NBC New York. According to reports, fifty-five year old trucker Earl Eckbert was making a routine run when a chunk of concrete fell off of a pedestrian overpass, crashed through his windshield, and struck him in the face.

The incident left Eckbert blind in one eye and pushed a fragment of his skull into his brain. He also walks with a cane now. Because of his injuries, Eckbert says that he can no longer drive a truck.

Eckbert announced on Monday that he will be filing suit against the New Jersey DOT so that no one else is injured — or worse — by the state’s infrastructure deficiencies: “I’m worried this could happen to someone else and they don’t make it out alive.”

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