These days, the gory faces of zombies are everywhere on TV, in the movies and in advertisements. For one young man riding through California recently, the faces of zombies were, well, in his mind. That reported hallucination impacted various motorists on the California highway.
Last Saturday evening, several vehicles became involved in a traffic accident because of a man who got behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler while under the influence of an undisclosed drug. Reports indicate that the 19-year-old began driving the truck erratically because he thought he was being chased down by a pack of zombies.
The teen had access to the big rig in the first place because the driver was giving him a ride. When the trucker stopped the truck and left his seat, that is when the supposed zombie hallucination sparked the young man to jump behind the vacant wheel and drive, hitting several vehicles during his so-called zombie escape.
No wan was fatally injured in the unusual traffic incident, though some did sustain serious injuries. The impaired driver needed treatment for minor injuries but will live to answer the questions that authorities undoubtedly are prepared to ask him. They may also want to ask the commercial trucker about how and why the drugged teen was able to get behind the wheel and drive.
Most motor vehicle accidents are not connected to reports of the flesh-eating living dead. Still, no matter what the cause, a crash involving a semi-truck tends to cause serious injuries.
Source: UT San Diego, "Suspect in freeway chain crash allegedly saw 'zombies'," April 9, 2013
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