Lee Roop of the Hunstville (Ala.) Times yesterday reported, fortunately, that long-haul driver Paul Clewis was uninjured and will drive out the remainder of the 2011 season after an attempted right-side pass resulted in disaster for 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram’s four-door Infiniti — and Clewis’ tractor’s front end.
Clewis wasn’t aware an incoming New Orleans Saints football personality had hit him, Roop wrote, “until a reporter told him.” Roop continued:
“I only worry about ’em if they’re Green Bay Packers,” Paul Clewis said. “I was born a Cheesehead and I’ll be a Cheesehead ’till I die.”
Clewis, 58, was hauling a load of household goods to a storage facility off Leeman Ferry Road when his truck collided with a 2008 Infiniti G37S driven by Ingram. Clewis was making a right turn when Ingram tried to pass him on the right, the truck driver told The Huntsville Times.
“The young man, in my opinion, made a drastic error a lot of people make,” Clewis said. “He didn’t realize I had my signal on and decided he could pass me on the right.”
Stay safe out there this weekend.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.