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Truck driver dies after rear-ending another truck, then crashing into gas station pole

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A 51-year-old truck driver died after his truck rear-ended another truck waiting at a traffic light, and then crashed into a gas station in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday.

According to police, the first truck was waiting at a traffic light at around 2:30 a.m., when it was rear-ended by a bigger truck which careened off it and continued for about 40 meters before crashing into a pole at a gas station, Fuji TV reported.

Police said the driver of the bigger truck was found unconscious behind the wheel, with no external signs of injury. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the other truck was uninjured. No one at the gas station was hurt.

Police believe the deceased truck driver may have suffered a blackout as the result of a medical condition.

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He could have simply fallen asleep.

> There's your medical condition! He was tired!

Undiagnosed narcolepsy is a medical condition. Some people never know they have it until it hits hard.

I know someone who has it and didn't know until he hit the guard railing on the hwy and flipped his car. He was unharmed.

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He could have simply fallen asleep.

There's your medical condition! He was tired!

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He could have simply fallen asleep.

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as the result of a medical condition.

You are jumping to conclusions. Anything can constitute a medical condition and not be known to the person affected by it. I'd bet the guy had a heart attack and died. RIP. Thank God nobody else died in the accident.

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Right at the end.

The text you quoted does not say what you said it does.

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Where does it say he knew he had a medical condition?

Right at the end.

Police believe the deceased truck driver may have suffered a blackout as the result of a medical condition.

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And once again, if they know of a medical condition yet keep the "driver" attitude, they are moral criminals.

Where does it say he knew he had a medical condition?

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A “medical condition” could include dying of a heart attack before the accident. Not all such medical conditions are known.

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And once again, if they know of a medical condition yet keep the "driver" attitude, they are moral criminals. Here his punishment was his own life, but it almost never is a "just" punishment. People with medical conditions that can somehow affect their perfomance while controling a complex machinery, be it once a day or once in ten years (since you never actually know when it happens), MUST NOT be allowed to control complex machinery. There is the responsibility.

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