A Fedex truck crashed and burned in Seattle in May, 2013. Another Fedex truck crashed north of Seattle in June. This morning a Fedex truck rolled over near Seattle in Bellevue. (Incidentally, a Fedex truck rolled over in Spokane in July I think. But that’s on the other side of the state from Seattle.)
The May crash happened at 04:30, and the driver was driving too fast. The driver fell asleep in the June crash at 03:00. This morning’s crash was shortly after midnight; and the cause of the crash has not been determined, though roads were very wet.
So what’s up? Does Fedex hire poor drivers? Or do Fedex policies induce drivers to drive too fast and/or too long? Or is it just coincidence that drivers from one company managed to block roads three times in the past half-year? Maybe a Seattle Curse?
Two of those (just looking at the crash pictures) were FedEx Ground one was FedEx Express. Those aren’t technically the same company. The FedEx that you know and love doesn’t hire FedEx Ground drivers, those are independent contractors.
Agreed, lots of miles driven, and you just happened to notice those.
A FedEx truck crashing and burning reminded me of the importance of the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” A colleague had gotten behind on sending frozen serum samples in for a research study repository, to the point where some samples were years old. She finally got some large frozen-specimen shipping containers and sent them all out at once. Yup. The FedEx truck with all of them on board (and lots of other packages of course) got in a terrible accident, and burned. :smack:
This thread is giving me a flashback to the 1990 movie Crazy People. One of the movie’s themes was brutal honesty in advertising. There was a FedEx ad, and I can’t remember the catch phrase, but the commercial had FedEx trucks driving by maniacs who were cutting people off, parking illeagally, and hitting parked cars. The phrase was something like, “We’ll screw them over to get your package there faster.”
I once had to tell some coworkers the Very Important Package they had sent out the prior afternoon was on a FedEx airplane that crashed and burned. (Thank Og someone remembered to keep copies of everything…)
More and more packages are going by commercial carrier, meaning ever more trucks and airplanes. Eventually, you’ll get crashes. It’s probably a very low percentage, but for a large number of vehicles the absolute numbers are noticeable.