John Manuszsk is heartbroken about the elderly couple who died after his big rig struck their car on the freeway and caught on fire Thursday morning.
From his hospital bed in ICU, Manuszsk told FOX40 this was a horrible accident that he couldn’t help.
He said he was chewing on french fries when he began to cough uncontrollably. The cough so severe, he blacked out. When he came to, the crash had already happened.
Manuszsk’s semi, heading east, had jumped over the center divide on Interstate 80 in Davis, and collided with the car of the 76 and 74-year-old couple of Petaluma.
“I’m so sorry for what happened. If there’s one thing you could do, let the family know how sorry I am. I don’t know why this happened, but there was nothing I could do,” Manuszsk said.
Manuszsk disputes earlier reports that he was distracted from driving because he was eating.
He said he’s an experienced driver with many years under his belt.
His wife told us she was concerned because her husband experienced problems swallowing, the night before the big crash.
Manuszsk remains at UC Davis Medical Center, where he is recovering from burns he suffered in the accident.