One tough trucker

admin | November 19, 2009 | 7 Comments

I thought I was one tough trucker.

The American Trucker is often seen as the last American mountain man, a nomad of sorts traveling across America through some of the worst of conditions to deliver his freight. A way of life for most, a job for others but one thing is for certain.  We’re a tough as nails subculture who can  do more then tell you about what it takes to keep a nation running we can show you the bruises.

As I like to say “trucking is not for pussies“. I have seen men travel under some really bad conditions and when I say conditions I’m not talking about the weather in this case. Most people have the luxury to call out if they feel a cold coming on. Have you had the flu or a cold lately? did you call out of work?  When normal civilians can call their doctor and schedule a appointment to take care of their health that is often not a option for a trucker who could be thousands of miles away from his doctor, if he even has one.

I once had a medical emergency that was life threatening, So I drove myself to the ER in Pasadena CA they told me “you can’t park that big truck here!” I said “watch me #$@#$ I’m about to die!!”. Finding a legal place to park to seek medical attention is another huge problem in the trucking industry.

I have dealt with all kinds of medical conditions on the road before I could get home or to a qualified doctor to take care of myself such as: broken bones, abscessed teeth. pinched nerves etc.. No one should have to compromise their health, their safety and the life of everyone around them because no one is there to help in their time of need or they’re to stubborn to seek out help. When I first started driving I hated the idea of taking time of to take care of my health after many health problems and nearly loosing my life on several occasions I realized taking care of your health should be every drivers number one priority.

I digress, I want to share a story with you about one trucker who’s medical situation makes my “dealt with medical problems list”  look like a whiny excuse to write a article.impaled-by-pole Trucker Jason Ripley was cruising through Darlington, Co Durham when he hit a crash barrier. What is so strange about that, you say “it happens everyday” you say “stop wasting my fu#king time” you say.  Alright mother #$@$# I’ll get to it. What makes this different is not only that he was impaled by a 8ft pole but that he was conscious enough to call his boss and say “I’ve had a bit of an accident – I’m in a spot of bother sir.“  That is truly a tough trucker. Jason recovered and was back to work shortly after the accident.

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  1. Arnold says:

    That is simply BRUTAL! Looking at that image has to make the toughest guy out there cringe!

  2. Todd White says:

    Holy sh$t Steve. Now I would most definately have to agree with you…that one tuff trucker!!

  3. linda sands says:

    Maybe if you had used that nice Irish accent, they would have let you park in Pasadena too? hahaha.
    BTW nice way to avoid telling us your medical emergency… it didn't have anything to do with blue pills, now did it?

  4. i like comedy that is why i always look for funny videos on metacafe and youtube’,;

  5. there are so many funny videos on the internet to watch, i can laugh all day watching funny videos -;`

  6. fat loss 4 idiots says:

    Man! That must have hurt! looking at the pik makes my stomach turn! Take care!

  7. desbloquear wii says:

    Wow! That’s a freaky accident! Hope you’re ok now Steve!

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