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Wasp Blamed for Truck Crashing into Building

by Jana Ritter - Published: 7/28/2014

A Florida semi-truck driver says a wasp made him crash his truck into a building Thursday. The driver of a tractor-trailer says a wasp flew into the cab causing him to lose control of his 18-wheeler, which first hit a Jacksonville Transit Authority bus before ending up inside Discount Seafood located in the 1300 block of Beaver Street at North Myrtle Avenue. The building partially collapsed as a result of the collision and emergency crews had to demolish the building overnight. Five people were injured, two were in the market and three were on the bus, but none of them were reported to have life-threatening injuries.

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Some may scoff thinking of it as “the dog ate my homework” kind of excuse, but anyone who’s ever had a bee suddenly buzz around your head while driving, might be able to relate to the truck driver. In fact, another recent crash involving a tractor-trailer in Vermont was confirmed by the state police to have been caused by a bee. The Troopers say the insect flew into the cab of a tractor-trailer driving down Route 111 near Morgan and the driver had tried to swat it away, losing control before he went off the road. Another surprising statistic last reported in 2007 was that insects caused 650,000 accidents each year.

NHTSA statistics also show that 10 percent of more than 65,000 crash-related fatalities recorded were caused by distracted drivers and insect distractions were among the top 10:

1. Generally distracted or “lost in thought” (daydreaming)

2. Cell phone use (talking, listening, dialing, texting)

3. Paying attention to an outside person, object or event

4. Interacting with other occupants

5. Using or reaching for a device in the vehicle, such as a portable GPS system or headphones

6. Eating or drinking

7. Adjusting audio or climate controls

8. Operating other in-vehicle device, such as adjusting the rear view mirrors, seats, or using OEM navigation system

9. Moving object in vehicle, such as an insect or unrestrained pet

10. Smoking-related (smoking, lighting up, putting ashes in ashtray)