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Truckload of Toilet Paper Crashes and Burns on Texas Highway

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Part of the toilet paper cavalry has been halted, as of early April 1, 2020 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck carrying toilet paper crashed and caught fire in Hutchins, Texas, near Dallas. The driver and his pet dog Moochie are okay. TxDot reported the fire shut down westbound lanes of Interstate 20 near Interstate 45. The highway was littered with this highly sought-after item, per statements from officials, however, the toilet paper did not appear to be home-use size, and were instead the larger rolls generally found in businesses such as stores and restaurants.

Truckload of Toilet Paper Crashes and Burns on Texas Highway

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According to police, the 20-year veteran driver was San Antonio-bound from Alabama and fell asleep while looking for a place to stop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively approximations 100,000 police-reported crashes every year are directly the result of driver fatigue, causing an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in losses. Additionally, an Australian study found being awake for 18 hours straight creates impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05, then .10 after 24 hours. In the United States, .08 is considered legally drunk.

Truckload of Toilet Paper Crashes and Burns on Texas Highway

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, toilet paper has flown off the shelves and been difficult to replace. Producers are working diligently to increase production and handle shipping logistics to restock stores and distribution centers. Experts have noted the over-purchasing of the commodity is unnecessary and cause reason for concern for communities.

Instead of stockpiling and causing pressure on production as well as delivery, use the online tool Toilet Paper Calculator to figure how much is actually needed for you and your family. For example, a home with five people living in it, over the course of a 14-day isolation, will likely use 14 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper. Once household supply begins to diminish, consider taking advantage of a local business offering a promotion alongside their takeout order and delivery services, such as Jester King Brewery.