Truck Driver Who Lost His Leg Blames Steering System Malfunction For Near Fatal Crashby Jana Ritter - Published: 8/31/2016
“It was something beyond my control. Trees knocking the truck, truck knocking the trees, banging each other…”
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Texas truck driver, Jackson Musyoka, says he is lucky to be alive after a horrific crash and a grueling rescue operation that ultimately cost him his left leg. The incident occurred last Thursday in North Carolina on Interstate 85 near the Mecklenburg County-Gaston County line. Musyoka was simply doing his job and driving along when he says the steering system in his tractor-trailer malfunctioned and caused the vehicle to veer off the road. He says at first he thought he would have to make a difficult split-second decision to veer into another lane of traffic or swerve off of the road but before he could decide, the truck went plunging down the embankment. At that point, he knew there was nothing he could do but pray.
The truck descended down the embankment leaving Musyoka pinned inside the cab with twisted metal making it impossible for him to get out. Firefighters and emergency responders from several different agencies immediately flooded the crash site and began performing the difficult job of rescuing Musyoka from the wreckage. They spent four hours cutting their way through the mangled truck while Musyoka remained conscious with serious injuries and in severe pain. “They kept cutting, cutting. Something snapped and I was able to pull my right leg,” he says. When they were finally able to pull him out, the truck driver was immediately airlifted to the hospital. Unfortunately, his left leg was so badly injured, it had to be amputated at the hospital. His right leg was also injured but able to be saved and he also suffered an eye injury, cuts and bruises.
Despite losing his leg, Musyoka is in positive spirits knowing how lucky he is just to be alive. “I was very thankful because a lot of people don’t get to have that.” He is also especially thankful for the team of first responders who made it possible. “They saved my life. They did everything they could,” Musyoka said.
However, he is not so happy with the truck manufacturer and believes the truck may have had a recall that wasn’t addressed. Musyoka is an owner/operator with his company, Motherland Inc. and bought the vehicle from a third party vendor. He says that he is considering taking legal action for the steering system malfunction that nearly cost him his life and resulted in the loss of his leg.