McDermitt, Nevada, a little town on the border of Oregon and the Silver State, had a little dust-up between an 18-wheeler and everything in sight. An unknown driver, suffering from a little bit of road rage, decided to leave a dirt lot and smash into the side of a white SUV. It spun the SUV around like a top. The SUV’s driver decided to clear out as the semi went behind the Say When Casino. The rogue trucker and his semi then appeared again as a truck with a dash cam approached the intersection. The semi then t-boned a white work truck and pushed it several yards down the lane, clipping the wheel of the truck with the dash cam.
The rampaging driver then stopped his truck, trying to get it free of the work truck. The driver of the truck with the dash cam had pulled into a dirt lot opposite the casino. He jumped out and dropped the air lines between the damaged tractor and its trailer, effectively immobilizing it.
The rampaging driver then barricaded himself in his cab. Police reportedly arrived an hour later and had the driver out of the truck in 10 minutes. No cause for all of the damage is known yet, but the driver was cited by police as not being impaired.
I’m hoping that this was not a case of mental fatigue or breakdown. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There are a number of resources for drivers who need someone to talk to. It is a lonely profession we are a part of, with many long hours. If you feel like you need help, please reach out to someone. We are all out here on this road together and let’s get home together.