Widow of crash victim talks to Congress about truck safety
Wanda Lindsay lost husband in 2010, after sleeping trucker slams into them
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A New Braunfels woman heads to Washington, D.C. on Friday to speak to Congress on proposed legislation that would increase weight limits on tractor trailers.
John and Wanda Lindsay were rear-ended by an 18-wheeler in 2010, while stuck in traffic on the interstate.
The driver, who was going 65 miles per hour, was asleep at the wheel. John did not survive the accident.
"The truck driver had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, about two months prior to the collision," Lindsay said. "So once my children and I understood what had happened, we simply could not sit back and do nothing."
The Lindsay family formed the John Lindsay Foundation, a non-profit that aims to educate the public about sleep apnea, driver fatigue, and other issues involving truck safety.
The family will be heading to Washington to share their story, in hopes that lawmakers will throw out the proposed legislation.
"Our highways are going to be just torn down and broken up when those truckers are allowed to carry even more weight," Lindsay said. "The truck driver that hit us, had a 30 ton rig, and if it gets heavier than that, obviously, the results are even worse."
Wanda will be speaking to Congress and Committee members beginning on Monday.
Tuesday marks the 3-year-anniversary of the crash that killed her husband, John.
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