Trucker Found Dead in His Truck at Texas Truck Stop, Investigation Ongoing
Willis, TX – A trucker was discovered deceased in the sleeper of his truck on Sunday morning at a Love’s Travel Stop in Texas.
The sad discovery was made at the Love’s Travel Stop located at 9600 Longstreet Road in Willis, TX, at approximately 8:25 a.m.
A spokesperson with the Willis Police Department (WPD) tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the truck driver was found dead in the sleeper after an employee of the truck stop conducted a welfare check.
The WPD spokesperson said the manager of the truck stop indicated the trucker entered the store on Saturday night and complained of chest pains and shortness of breath before returning to his truck.
According to investigators, the driver did not ask to be transported, nor did he transport himself to the hospital for treatment.
“Right now we are working this as a natural unintended death,” the WPD spokesperson said. “Until we get the results of the autopsy we won’t know for sure.”
However, investigators said they have been made aware by family members that the driver, who was described as “older,” did suffer from certain pre-existing medical conditions.
TNN spoke with at least one truck driver on the scene who questioned if the death was COVID-19 related.
She claimed police and medical personnel did not wear masks or personal protective equipment while removing the deceased’s body.
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In response, the WPD spokesperson told TNN, “Honestly, we do not believe this is COVID-19 related.”
The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was found inside a truck bearing the identification of Porter, IN-based Trailer Transit.
According to its website, Trailer Transit is a 100 percent owner operator company.
When asked directly, the WPD spokesperson indicated the trucking company was “fully cooperating” in the investigation.
This is a developing story.