A landscaping truck in South Harrison Township, New Jersey, wrecked when the driver had a bout of serious sneezing on Monday, Sept. 14.
The truck, owned by T.J. Lawns and Landscapes, was loaded with mulch and towing a trailer full of other landscaping equipment. It went up an embankment when the driver lost control and went off the road.
The man tried to regain control of the vehicle, but ended up crossing the road and crashing into a stonewall on the Wellshire Farms property. The trailer struck a utility pole.
The Woodstown Road was closed due to the spilled mulch and landscaping equipment strewn across it.
According to NJ.com, the driver was issued a motor vehicle summons for careless driving. He was not injured in the crash.
While there haven’t been many studies about how sneezing affects highway safety, the Centers for Disease Control have broken down distracted driving into three different categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Sneezing could fall in any of the three categories.
A British car-repair company, Halfords Autocentres, estimates that drivers who sneeze while going 60 miles per hour probably travel about 50 feet with their eyes closed.