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Trucker cited for smashing through parking lot while “choking on water”


A truck driver has been cited after “choking on water” and losing control of his rig in Montana on Thursday afternoon. 

The accident happened on May 5th in Missoula, Montana off of Interstate 90. 

According to 8KPAX News, the unnamed trucker was heading east on I-90 near Reserve Street when he began “choking on water,” causing him to lose control, veer off the left side of the road, cross the median, and enter the westbound side of the freeway. The semi truck then struck an SUV on the westbound side of I-90 and drove through a fence before crashing into two storage containers and two parked cars in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel. 

John Wilke, who also happened to be a truck driver, was sitting in his car in the parking lot when the accident happened. As soon as he saw what happened he jumped into action and pulled the driver out of his wrecked truck. 

“He said he pretty much was having a coughing fit and his eyes got really watery. He was going eastbound and had a coughing fit,” Wilke explained. “Next thing he knows he is going off between the two highways. It takes three football fields to stop fully loaded on one of those trucks and there’s no way in hell he was going to stop.”

Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident, but the trucker has since been issued a citation for careless driving. 


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