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Truckers and their trucks – Instruments for suicide



One of the dark secrets that you may not hear about very often are the stories about the truckers and their trucks who have been the unfortunate chosen targets used as the means to end another ones life.

As suicide rates continue to rise, the ways to end ones life become more complex and creative. Waiting for a semi truck to hit you is one of those ways.

People who commit suicide usually devise a plan that will be “quick and painless” Most desire to “end their suffering” not create more. For decades people have been jumping in front of trains, trucks, and sometime cars, in order to achieve their desire to “end it all”. We often wonder what drives a person to this point? And what about the trucker or engineer or automobile driver who lives with the graphic memory, watching another human being use his/her truck, car or auto as the instrument to achieve their death.

Carolyn Magner of Overdrive Magazine has done a 4 part series on this topic, sharing the stories of both the people who chose to commit suicide, and the truckers lives that have been forever changed because they were the chosen means to an end.

Saturday night we have as our special guest on AskTheTrucker ‘Live’, the author of the 4 part series Suicide by Truck, Carolyn Magner.

We will look into the minds of those driven to such desperate and extreme acts of self destruction, as well as the other victims they leave behind, the truckers.

Join us Saturday August 22nd at 6PM ET.

Call in number 347-826-9170

“Suicide by Truck and the truckers who survive”

Call in and share your thoughts about this topic, whether it be an opinion, or your own personal experience or even near experience of “Suicide by Truck”. 347-826-9170

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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    I am an Australian, retired over here in the states. I have a brother in law back in Australia who owns his own trucking company operating 7 semi trailers.I have driven for him on occasions and luckily,to date have not had the experience of a suicidal pedestrian choosing a truck as his means to end his life.
    I hope I never do have that experience but have often wondered, when a trucker does hit somebody that has chosen to end his life by jumping in. Front of a trucker doing maybe 60 miles or more per hour, does that suicide victim get killed instantly, without pain because death is so quick or do they die more slowly suffering great pain and trauma.Have often wondered what would happen and would be interested in your views on this matter.
    Regards and thanking you
    John Maxwell
    619 789 1865

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