Eating while driving can be distracting. Drivers reach for food, they pry containers open and peel off wrappers, all of which can take their eyes off the road and create a risk of serious accidents. But eating on the road has another potentially deadly danger: choking. A recent truck accident that happened when the driver choked on food may show Southern California drivers how dangerous eating while driving can be.
The driver was eating as he drove down a Northern California interstate. He choked on his food, and the food was apparently so severely lodged that he lost consciousness. The big rig drifted onto the right shoulder, then turned sharply to the left. It crossed the highway and a center divider before the driver regained consciousness.
By that time, it was too late to avoid a truck accident. The driver crashed into a passenger car with two people inside. They were both killed in the fiery aftermath. In addition, the semi-truck hit two other vehicles as it careened across the road,injuring two people. The driver also sustained minor to moderate injuries.
Both lanes of the interstate were closed for hours after the accident.
While accidents caused by choking may seem unusual, they do happen. In another recent accident that made the news, a driver in another state choked on food, which caused him to lose control of his pickup truck. He struck a propane tank attached to a grill, which caused a fireball to explode over a discount retail store. Three people were injured.