Answers sought after FedEx truck captured swerving for 60 miles on I-40

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Danger on the highway: News 2’s First Alert Unit tracked a big rig driver as he veered all over the highway, crossing the white lines and braking suddenly.

Our crew called the Tennessee Highway Patrol several times, but the driver just kept on trucking.

News 2 photojournalist Jerry Barlar first noticed the FedEx driver near downtown Nashville changing lanes without using a turn signal.

The driver appeared to have a tough time keeping the semi between the lines.

Barlar decided to continue following the truck, concerned about his safety and the safety of other drivers on the road, not sure if the driver was falling asleep or if something else was going on.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Around 4:02 a.m., Barlar dials *THP to alert authorities.

After crossing into Wilson County, the FedEx driver was still weaving dangerously back and forth, running over the rumble strips on the side of the road and crossing over the broken dividing lines.

News 2’s dash cam video shows other vehicles cautiously passing the truck, not sure if it would veer into the passing lane.

Barlar makes another call at 4:12 a.m. to 911.

Jerry was live on News 2 This Morning as he kept a safe distant from the driver.

“Well, still behind him,” he said during the live broadcast. “We have contacted THP twice, and actually called Wilson County and still nobody been able to get behind this guy for whatever reason, but he is still crossing the lines and almost side-swiped another vehicle.”

Barlar made one final call to THP, but still no trooper was dispatched.

News 2 counted, and the FedEx driver crossed the white 64 times in a 30-minute period. Our crew followed him for a total of 60 miles.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The driver decides to exit at a rest stop in Cookeville, but Barlar said he got back onto the interstate without stopping for a break.

We took the video to the Tennessee Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Lt. England Allen said some movement of the tandem trailer is expected, but this was way more.

“He definitely needs to be stopped and determined what the situation is, whether it’s fatigued driving, medication or sickness,” England said. “You know, it could have been ill or fatigued, or he could have been distracted by some other mean.”

It was on May 5 that another FedEx freight driver was seen on video weaving and later crashed near I-24 and Haywood Lane in Antioch.

“When these larger vehicles do have a crash; the potential for injury, property damage or death is greater than a normal vehicle,” England said.

THP officials said they take situations like this seriously and they will pull radio logs to see if a trooper was ever dispatched this morning.

Lt. Allen told News 2 with CMA Fest and Boonaroo going on, a lot of troopers are assigned to help with those events.

News 2 reached out to FedEx and they released the following statement by email:

“Safety is our top priority,” wrote Jim Masilak, Communications Advisor FedEx Services. “This behavior falls far short of what is expected of drivers representing FedEx Ground and is not consistent with the professionalism we demonstrate every day in safely and securely delivering millions of packages to our customers.”

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