FedEx Driver Races His Truck And Loses As Dogs Cheer

Truck narrowly misses hitting two houses


A FedEx driver recently had what was probably a bad day. It would be hard to think of how it could have become worse once his truck ran away in reverse and brushed by a tree, which smashed the driver's door backwards.

According to a YouTube account called JWs Public Videos, someone's private security camera caught the entire incident on video for the world to see. (Hat tip to HyperVocal.)

The minute-long clip starts innocuously enough. A camera looks out past a house onto a suburban neighborhood. A FedEx delivery truck rounds the corner. Two dogs race around a fenced yard, following their genetic predisposition to chase delivery trucks.

The dogs get to the end of the fence and jump up while a third comes to join them. Truck moves past the house and out of the frame of the camera. The disappointed canines calm down and seem to eye wherever the truck parked.

Six seconds go by and suddenly the dogs are jumping up and down. They're excited. Here comes the truck again, reentering the frame in reverse. And the driver comes into view -- running beside it as he tries to get back in and put the break on. The truck is under its own power, no one at the steering wheel.

The driver manages to open the door, dropping his delivery tablet in the process, but he can't jump in or keep up. The truck continues, door now open, to race backwards across a street.

The truck crosses the happily empty street, reaches someone's lawn and heads straight toward the house. Things are looking grim. But in the process, the truck skims past a tree, which slams the open door backwards and twists the vehicle just enough to avoid the house.

The driver, who missed that step as he turned around to recover the tablet, looks up and starts running. Fast. The truck has crossed the driveway of that house and comes to a stop at a house next door. Sorry, Mr. Driver, but you were a distant second. Good thing the contest was just a short sprint. At least the dogs had a good time.

It's difficult to say which would be worse: explaining the predicament to the owners of the two houses, to the police, or to your boss.

Management at FedEx is probably unhappy with the incident and publicity, as the company promotes its "culture of safety":

FedEx believes in a "best practices" approach toward safety. For example, frontline employees on Safety Continuous Improvement Teams identify potential gaps and propose improvements to safety procedures. And for the 75,000-plus drivers of FedEx vehicles on the road every day, accident prevention is the focus, a goal supported by defensive driving courses that teach drivers the principles of avoiding unsafe situations.

FedEx invests millions of dollars in equipment and technology to prevent injuries and accidents in our operations, both on the ground and in the air.

Maybe adding the inexpensive step of setting the parking brake before exiting the vehicle would be a best practice worth investing in. Or, given the example, should that be break?

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Jeff Staples

FedEx Driver Races His Truck And Loses As Dogs Cheer
Truck narrowly misses hitting two houses
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For one...the driver never raced his truck...and the dogs weren't cheering....the truck missed ONE house and a tree...NOT two houses

WHY is AOL letting a bunch of horrible "journalists" who can't even spell or use grammar correctly, as well as having a bad habit of making false headlines even publish on their site?

June 11 2014 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lemmonherk

"Put the break [sic] on"?? Really? Jeez, Eric. Try BRAKE, for God's sake. How can somebody who makes his living by writing have such a poor grasp of English?

April 05 2014 at 10:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kane1lissa

Oh, for crying out loud-- this is an OLD video!! Again, AOL? How about a new one? As for me, I have used FedEx for *years*, with NO problems at all.

April 05 2014 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mccoy945

About the driver who threw the tv over the fence this seems to be a common occurrence with FedEx . I sent a motorcycle engine via FedEx mounted on a small pallet . When it was delivered it did not have the pallet , it had a broken part,( from being tossed around with out the pallet) and on Arrival the driver was going to toss it from the truck onto the ground before the recipient stopped him. I will never use FedEx again

April 05 2014 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
traysteph23

To everyone posting mean, judgmental comments and saying they hope he gets fired- we ALL (including you all and myself) have had and will have more stupid, embarrassing moments in out lives. Most of us are lucking enough so far that they were not caught on camera for the world to see. Think about that before you criticize others for their unfortunate mishaps, and especially before you make a decision to publicly humiliate them. This could easily be you in the video next time.

April 05 2014 at 6:34 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
631207948

It's not the drivers fault it's the company that will not hire enough help and demands all packages get delivered fast or the employee is fired. FEDEX and UPS are two of the worse companies in America to work for.

April 05 2014 at 6:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mike711l

So the idiot thought picking up his pad was more important than stopping a runaway truck headed straight at someone's house?

Hope his dumb a55 got fired.

April 05 2014 at 4:54 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mike711l's comment
traysteph23

The truck was already away from him. How would you have stopped it?

April 05 2014 at 6:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ronald1216

wow shes so beautiful

April 05 2014 at 4:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stvhndyman

..."put the BREAK on.."? My English is not that good, but even I know that is should be BRAKE!

April 05 2014 at 3:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
abourge458

Poor dude... Had he got the door closed, he probably would have come out OK?
I believe Fed-Exers pay for their own trucks too.
I can empathize with him..
I was in a Convenience store once when a guy came in and asked if I owned a blue Buick.
I said.. "Yeah... why?"
He said.. "Because it's on the sidewalk across the street!"

Somehow my car made it across a two-way busy Boulevard unscathed, and just as it was going up a curb,
(headed toward a lot full of New cars for sale, ) it turned and fit perfectly on the sidewalk in between a telephone pole and the line of cars in the lot. Thank you Guardin Angels!

April 05 2014 at 3:27 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to abourge458's comment
abourge458

correction.... guardian

April 05 2014 at 3:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yaki

What is this cheers.

April 05 2014 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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