Mark Semple, a 63-year-old truck driver from Kittery, Maine was placed out of service after being involved in two serious incidents in New Hampshire. Troop G, one of the Motor Carrier Enforcement teams of the New Hampshire State Police, posted on Facebook their encounters with a driver who ran over the hood of a McLane Food Service truck and then got entangled with a guard rail.
The incident began Tuesday evening, Feb. 14 at an undisclosed truck stop near Hopkinsville, New Hampshire. The driver began his unsafe excursion by driving his rig onto and over the hood of a McLane Food Service Inc. truck. It is not known if the culprit driver was ticketed in that incident, however, the suspect was definitely able to drive away.
If at first you are not placed out of service…
At 10:45 p.m. that same evening, the driver was involved in another incident, this time entangling his trailer on a guardrail on Route 127 near the Contoocook River Reservoir. Luckily, the driver was uninjured in both crashes, but he and the tractor-trailer were placed out of service with the truck being impounded.
An out-of-service order is given to a commercial driver or vehicle that violates a certain set of conditions with the purpose to protect the public from imminent safety hazards. The operator was temporarily prohibited from driving and the tractor-trailer was towed from the scene.
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