Inside the Dark World of Trucking Manipulation: Triton Logistics Inc

Posted on 03/24/2024

Broader Topic: Andrew Voveris
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In the vast expanse of the American highway system, where eighteen-wheelers roar and shuttle buses hum, tragedies can unfold in mere seconds. The collision of metal and asphalt can lead to devastating consequences, altering lives irreversibly. Among these tragedies, the fatal crash on Interstate 64 in December 2022 stands out, not just for its heartbreaking toll but for the shadows it cast on the practices of Triton Logistics, a company whose name became intertwined with the grim incident.

Dwayne Sykes, a former driver for Triton Logistics Inc, found himself thrust into an unexpected spotlight following the Interstate 64 crash. Though he had left the company just days before the tragedy, his name emerged in the investigation, linking him to a narrative he vehemently denies.

"I cannot sit back any longer knowing what they did," Sykes disclosed in a recent interview. "I can’t sit back any longer because I know what happened."

In the early hours of December 16, 2022, a Triton Freightliner collided with a shuttle bus, resulting in the loss of three lives. Daniel Cramer, the truck's actual driver, initially claimed that he had just dropped off his supposed co-driver, Dwayne Sykes. However, Sykes refuted any connection with Cramer, asserting that Triton never employed co-drivers during his tenure.

The perplexing question arises: how did Sykes’ name become entangled with the crash if he was no longer with Triton? According to Sykes, his information was stolen, with his electronic logs manipulated to portray him as a co-pilot.

"They stole my information because I didn’t give anyone my permission to use my logs," Sykes declared.

The revelation doesn't stop there. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report uncovered deeper layers of deception within Triton Logistics. Cramer confessed to investigators that Triton provided him with a cover story to conceal the truth.

"I basically repeated what they told me to say," Cramer admitted. "That I had just dropped off my co-driver — which is the same thing that I told that state policeman that night."

For Sykes, Cramer's confession resonates deeply. He recalls similar scenarios during his time with Triton, where cover stories were the norm rather than the exception.

In the NTSB report, Cramer also divulged Triton's utilization of a data center in Lithuania to manage and manipulate drivers’ electronic logs, allowing them to appear more rested than they actually were. Sykes corroborated this, revealing firsthand experience with manipulated logs.

"They would backdate it," Sykes revealed. "They can go into the system and change it."

The gravity of these revelations is not lost on Sykes, who has since moved on to a different company. His heart goes out to the families of the victims, and he recognizes the profound impact of Triton's actions.

"I’m saddened and I’m devastated," Sykes expressed, emphasizing his sympathy for the victims' families.

Sykes’ courage in coming forward sheds light on the darker corners of the trucking industry, where safety can be compromised for profit. His story serves as a reminder of the importance of accountability and transparency within the transportation sector.

As investigations continue and legal proceedings unfold, one thing remains certain: Dwayne Sykes' unwavering resolve to unveil the truth has become a beacon of hope for those seeking justice in the wake of tragedy.

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