NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A driver in Jamaica, Queens witnessed danger on the road during rush hour on Monday morning.
CBS2’s Valerie Castro spoke exclusively with the man who recorded the incident involving a U.S. Postal driver.
“This guy is texting while driving a truck. Doesn’t even appear that he has his head up,” the man can be heard saying while in traffic on the northbound Van Wyck Expressway near 91st Avenue in Jamaica.
The man who took the video did not want to show his face, but said the man driving the U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer needs a wake-up call.
“He was just looking into his phone as if he was looking at a video or something,” he said.
The video shows the driver staring intently at his cellphone.
The man said he know he shouldn’t have used his own phone while driving to record the incident, but said he couldn’t let the dangerous driver just pass him by.
“It’s not like this guy was driving a Honda. He was driving an 18 wheel tractor, 53-foot trailer, even at 30 miles an hour a smaller car is going to get crushed,” he said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said that drivers are expected to adhere to safety standards.
“Drivers of postal vehicles are expected to follow the traffic laws with no exception. Safe driving is a requirement. This video appears to show unacceptable conduct,” the statement said.
The man said he doesn’t want the driver to lose his job, but hopes the complaint leads to more driver training.
“An accident doesn’t happen now, but there’s tomorrow and the next day, and one day it’s going to be too late,” he said.
A spokesperson for the Postal Service did not say if the driver had been reprimanded or even identified, but said the incident is under investigation.