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Drugs found in driver's truck involved in tragic wreck
Newsobserver.com ^ | 7/2/2011 | THOMASI MCDONALD AND BRUCE SICELOFF

Posted on 07/02/2011 7:43:08 PM PDT by Former Fetus

DURHAM -- State troopers say the driver of a tractor-trailer was under the influence of marijuana and methadone when his vehicle caused a crash on Interstate 40 that killed three people Thursday.

Ronald Eugene Graybeal, 50, is in the Durham County jail after being charged with driving while impaired and three counts of felony death by vehicle.

Graybeal, of 306 Elena Lane in Newport, Tenn., is a convicted rapist and burglar, according to court records.

He was driving a truck owned by an East Tennessee company that has been cited for dozens of violations related to fatigued drivers and unsafe driving, according to federal inspection records.

The accident killed the drivers of three other vehicles: John Paul Llanio, 38, of Kannapolis; Barbara Boda Caldwell, 64, of Mebane; and Gary Dwayne Smith, 45, of Burlington.

Emergency workers transported a fourth motorist, Reginald Keith Thompson, 49, of Greensboro, to Duke Hospital, where he was treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, said 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a Highway Patrol spokesman.

Troopers searching Graybeal's truck found the drugs and drug paraphernalia, Gordon said.

Graybeal's tractor-trailer was traveling west on the interstate, near the U.S. 15-501 overpass, when it collided with a Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Llanio. The tractor-trailer then crashed into a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Caldwell.

After that, the tractor-trailer slammed into a car that burst into flames. The car, burned so badly that troopers could not determine its make and model, was occupied by Smith, Gordon said. The tractor-trailer continued on before striking a truck that was driven by Thompson, Gordon said.

Graybeal is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, Gordon said.

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Look at the picture carefully. You can see the bed of the Ford pickup rolled up in front of the tractor trailer. The pickup cab, with the driver, are still under the tractor trailer. I've never seen anything like this!


1 posted on 07/02/2011 7:43:11 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

yeah and the freakin retards say marijuana is harmless.

Even if you could prove some medical benefit to marijuana, smoking it wouldn’t be the delivery method.

Stupid hippies just want to get high


2 posted on 07/02/2011 7:45:08 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Former Fetus

How was he getting the methadone if he is a long-haul truck driver? When you first get on methadone, you have to show up at the same clinic each and every morning, seven days a week, to get your dose. That’s why methadone is known as ‘liquid handcuffs’.


3 posted on 07/02/2011 7:48:26 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: yldstrk
yeah and the freakin retards say marijuana is harmless.

Nothing is 'harmless'. Not water, not food, not anything. This person should be tossed into prison for the rest of his natural life regardless of the substances he was impaired by at the time of this incident.

L

4 posted on 07/02/2011 7:48:34 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Former Fetus
Graybeal, of 306 Elena Lane in Newport, Tenn., is a convicted rapist and burglar, according to court records.

That alone should have been enough to keep him out of the truck. My mother had to have an FBI background check when she was driving.
5 posted on 07/02/2011 7:48:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Former Fetus
DURHAM -- State troopers say the driver of a tractor-trailer was under the influence of marijuana and methadone when his vehicle caused a crash on Interstate 40 that killed three people Thursday.

Ronald Eugene Graybeal, 50, is in the Durham County jail after being charged with driving while impaired and three counts of felony death by vehicle.

Graybeal, of 306 Elena Lane in Newport, Tenn., is a convicted rapist and burglar, according to court records.

He was driving a truck owned by an East Tennessee company that has been cited for dozens of violations related to fatigued drivers and unsafe driving, according to federal inspection records.


Just...wow.
6 posted on 07/02/2011 7:50:44 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: cripplecreek
My mother had to have an FBI background check when she was driving.

It's a TSA background check and you only have to do it if you are getting a Hazmat endorsement on your license.

I didn't think you could hold a CDL if you were a convicted felon. Maybe he was just driving intrastate.

7 posted on 07/02/2011 7:52:12 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Former Fetus

wow.... this reminds me though. Did we ever find out who the driver was in the amtrack truck crash in the middle of no where?


8 posted on 07/02/2011 7:53:38 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Former Fetus
What?! Marijuana?!
That couldn't be.

Everyone knows marijuana is a harmless substance.

Well . . . don't they? . . . hello? . . . anyone? . . .

9 posted on 07/02/2011 7:55:57 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Former Fetus

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/gallery?section=news/local&id=8224298&photo=3

The cab is still there, you can see the door frame from the photo of the front of the truck. The birds eye shows whats left of the rest. Looks like the tractor used the Ford as a bumper.


10 posted on 07/02/2011 7:56:34 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Former Fetus

In a just world, this POS stoner crook would be dangling at the end of a rope by the end of the week.


11 posted on 07/02/2011 7:58:57 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: yldstrk

*But* cigarettes *must* be banned.

That deadly second/third/fourth hand smoke kills people, you know.

Hypocrites.

[am I the only person who’s noticed that pot has *smoke* too?]


12 posted on 07/02/2011 7:59:19 PM PDT by Salamander (I wear my sunglasses at night.)
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To: Former Fetus

Oh my!


13 posted on 07/02/2011 8:01:14 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Hoodat

Nope...that’s in the past..it can now be dispensed in tablet form.


14 posted on 07/02/2011 8:03:36 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Lurker
This person should be tossed into prison for the rest of his natural life regardless of the substances he was impaired by at the time of this incident.

Back in 1997, one of my good friends and his son were killed in a head on collision much like this one. The big rig driver who crossed over into the wrong line on a two lane highway was on methadone. He got seven years in prison and is out and enjoying life now while my friend and his 14 year-old son were sentenced to death for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

15 posted on 07/02/2011 8:06:10 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I've long said that if you want to get away with murder, use a car as the weapon.

L

16 posted on 07/02/2011 8:07:36 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Former Fetus

Calling Ron Paul


17 posted on 07/02/2011 8:07:50 PM PDT by AdamBomb
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To: Former Fetus
I've never seen anything like this!

I haven't, either . . ...

. . . . and

. . . . .and the perp:

The semi had to have rear-ended the pickup when it was stopped?!?

Anyhow, what a mug shot. This poor guy is ----ed.

18 posted on 07/02/2011 8:08:00 PM PDT by skeptoid (The road to serfdom is being paved by RINOs, and Lisa Murkowski is their mascot.)
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To: Inyo-Mono
and is out and enjoying life now

It occurs to me that it's within your power to rectify that situation if you wanted to badly enough.

19 posted on 07/02/2011 8:08:32 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: YHAOS

Big Whoop.

ALL drugs fall under the DUI laws.

The guy was on LOTS of drugs...and so why don’t we make alcohol illegal too.

STOP the War on Drugs...no one said marijuanna is always “harmless”. NO ONE should be driving under the influence.Period.

the problem here is enforcement of Truck Driving regulations..your argument that the problem is the marijuanna avoids real enforcement of safe truck driving.

I am against anyone driving under the influence..alcohol, drugs, fatigue, etc. And I don’t want to continue with the SWAT teams, the total waste of billions of dollars of my tax money under a WOd that has FAILED..


20 posted on 07/02/2011 8:09:38 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Lurker

I’ll leave that to God.


21 posted on 07/02/2011 8:11:06 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: arderkrag

Felons can get CDLs, although probably not a hazmat license, which is a good thing IMHO, since even felons need a job once they served their time.

As for the company, reading through that list of infractions didn’t alarm me much. I drove for a company that had one truck, and I was the poor sucker that had to drive it, and it was a POS. Every time I got pulled over (troopers dont need a reason, they can pull over trucks at will) they found at least one safety infraction, usually nothing worse than a light on the trailer being out, but they can add up. I guess I got 20 tickets in a year driving that truck, and none from speeding or anything driver related. Eventually I talked them into getting a newer truck, and never got another ticket.

With trucks, there are at least 50 things than can get a driver a ticket, and if their employer doesn’t have a good truck, or isn’t willing to fix the one they have, the driver has a choice, fix it himself if possible, drive it anyway and hope for the best, or refuse to drive it, and get replaced. With this economy, it’s not always an easy choice. :-/


22 posted on 07/02/2011 8:11:24 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: skeptoid

Tougher laws for DUI’s..longer sentences for homocide..Tougher enforcement of truck driving regulations.

In Germany, you get caught ONE time with a DUI and you lose your license for life and the penalties are very tough.


23 posted on 07/02/2011 8:14:06 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Former Fetus

The Drug Culture . . another “victimless” contribution by the political left


24 posted on 07/02/2011 8:15:30 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (EX Congressman Anthony Weiner: "Celebrate 'Perversity'")
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To: Sporke

How about truck stop random drug tests...though in this case, if its not alcohol, methadone and most drugs would need other tests than a breathylizer.
But the company could mandate tougher drugs tests.


25 posted on 07/02/2011 8:16:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Sporke

Oh, I know. I drive part-time for extra money. I was just baffled at the sheer level of fail going on in those first few sentences. Reminded me of that old “Bus full of nuns holding babies” song.


26 posted on 07/02/2011 8:18:48 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

“How about truck stop random drug tests”

I’m a bit surprised they aren’t doing that already.

It’s hard to find any driving job anymore that doesn’t drug test on a regular basis, for insurance reasons if nothing else. One good wreck by a driver under the influence can ruin a company.

I would actually prefer to drive for a company with a strick drug policy, it would make me feel better about a company like that. Trucks weigh way too much to have some moron high on something driving them. It’s hard enough to keep them on the road at times when sober.


27 posted on 07/02/2011 8:40:52 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Some clinics still issue it in liquid form. Others show you the tablets, and then dissolve them in Tang or some other juice. It would be insane to hand out 40-mg wafers or even dolophines to junkies. Announce where that is being done, and you will have a mass exodus of junkies who will relocate to that area.


28 posted on 07/02/2011 8:42:31 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: yldstrk

Alcohol is much worse than marijuana. Just ask a cop.


29 posted on 07/02/2011 8:56:38 PM PDT by BBell
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To: Sporke

DOT drivers are part of a drug testing program that includes random testing. This guy either wasn’t very random or was lucky...... or gamed the system.


30 posted on 07/02/2011 9:01:05 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Sporke

A friend’s son made it thru the latest economic turmoil because he was about the only one at his company who could consistently pass a urine test. Makes me feel good when a “England” rig passes me by on the interstate, not.


31 posted on 07/02/2011 9:29:27 PM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: yldstrk

A driver can be “impaired” by pot, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, lack of sleep, methadone, foot cramps, and about 40 other things, half of which are legal. To use this accident to try to make a point about pot is foolish.


32 posted on 07/02/2011 9:30:17 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: junta

“England” is infamous. If you have one arm and part of one leg, you can drive for them. lol


33 posted on 07/02/2011 9:55:26 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: junta

And they’re owned by mormons, aren’t they?


34 posted on 07/02/2011 9:57:07 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Sporke

Duh, the last I heard, it was and is law, that all companies have random drug tests for CDL holders.


35 posted on 07/02/2011 10:03:15 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Former Fetus

Brutal wreck. Prayers for the victims’ families. The East Tennessee company is at fault for “dozens of violations.” Crime doesn’t pay.


36 posted on 07/02/2011 10:29:32 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Former Fetus

Brutal wreck. Prayers for the victims’ families. The East Tennessee company is at fault for “dozens of violations.” Crime doesn’t pay.


37 posted on 07/02/2011 10:29:39 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Former Fetus

Brutal wreck. Prayers for the victims’ families. The East Tennessee company is at fault for “dozens of violations.” Crime doesn’t pay.


38 posted on 07/02/2011 10:29:42 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: Falconspeed

Sorry for the three posts. Can’t seem to avoid the problem no matter how much I try.


39 posted on 07/02/2011 10:31:20 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94))
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To: org.whodat

Fatigued drivers are VERY COMMON in big rigs.

I woul be shocked if even half the logbooks reflect the true hours driven ,rest time and so on.This has been going on for decades.Trucking companies push the drivers to move the load and ignore the regulations.I’ve seen it personally .


40 posted on 07/02/2011 10:45:17 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: org.whodat

“Duh, the last I heard, it was and is law, that all companies have random drug tests for CDL holders.”

That may or may not be true, but 2 of the last 3 companies I worked for never tested me once I was hired. Just because there’s a law doesn’t mean a thing if it’s never enforced.

As for the other job, I was never tested there either, but I heard of several who were so I give them a break.


41 posted on 07/02/2011 10:53:39 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Sporke

When they said a small company from east Tennessee I wondered who, I could not see a name on the truck, but the couple of trucking company owners I know have white trucks. Still do not know how a guy with his record got a job.


42 posted on 07/02/2011 11:32:37 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: yldstrk
yeah and the freakin retards say marijuana is harmless. Even if you could prove some medical benefit to marijuana, smoking it wouldn’t be the delivery method. Stupid hippies just want to get high

Careful - pot is much like booze in its effects. It's not the substance so much as the person who uses the substance that causes problems. Your argument about it not being harmless because some of the people who use it cause harm is the same argument that those who would take our guns away use - we say guns are harmless and it's the person who uses it and they point out that because they can be used for harm makes it wise to confiscate them...

I used to agree with you, but immersion in political "discussions" over the years has taught me the importance of consistency in defining what one stands for. If I agree with one set of actions, the n I have to agree with those that use the exact same principle, even if it entails something that I don't like. Else, I become a cherry-picking enigma that is all over the spectrum and holding to no definable set of principles.

43 posted on 07/03/2011 3:53:38 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Hoodat

The VA. Very closely monitored. For pain. They have only veterans, so they can closely monitor this...but let me check further to see if it is in patches, not pills form. I could be wrong about the tablets.

It is sometimes used as opposed to oxycodone. I will check further. thanks for your response.


44 posted on 07/03/2011 4:14:43 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: trebb

Very articulate post...and excellant use of logic.


45 posted on 07/03/2011 4:25:12 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Thanks - it sucks to have your world-view shaken, but it’s part of growing up and deciding who you are. From your tag, I would guess we might be of similar ages and have lived through much of the same political upheavals - I was born in ‘52.


46 posted on 07/03/2011 4:28:51 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
I don' know if they still do or not, but back in the '80s they gave my Dad methadone in pill form.

He'd gone in for what was supposed to be a relatively simple operation to remove a small piece of his colon. They screwed that up and he ended up with a massive abdominal infection. He went in the weekend after Thanksgiving and didn't get out until after Easter.

After over 4 months and 4 operations, he was having withdrawl from all the morphine they'd given him.

47 posted on 07/03/2011 4:41:01 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: YHAOS

Methadone is much more likely the problem in this crash. The junkie probably “nodded off,” just like they do on heroin.


48 posted on 07/03/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: trebb

Yeah, ha.

We are in a good group though...ie, David Horowitz, who hung out with the Black Panthers, etc and now is a leading conservative voice ( Frontpage website ).

the good thing about being an ex hippie politically is that we know all their talking points and have the legitimacy of “Yeah, man, I was there “..ha. ha. there is nothing worse than an aging Hippie with long ( this time gray) hair in a ponytail still saying the same stupid stuff.


49 posted on 07/03/2011 5:48:46 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: Sporke

Back about a decade ago when I guess the company owned those fancy red rigs I was driving on the tail edge of bad ice and snow storm in Western Iowa about 5 AM headed west when an England rig blew past me. I told myself, “twenty minutes and I’ll see that one in a ditch.” Yep, he balled it up in the median’s ditch.


50 posted on 07/03/2011 7:55:08 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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