There was a very bad semi crash here a few days ago. The driver of a semi went 20 km on the wrong side of a divided highway before crashing off an overpass. The semi landed upside down and then exploded. Amazingly, no-one was killed but the semi driver. He had T1 and apparently was prone to hypos and even seizures.
Driver in fiery crash had diabetes
What are the requirements for commercial licenses in other places wrt diabetics? I know that diabetics requiring insulin can obtain commercial licenses in Canada, but these licenses are not valid in the US (unlike most Canadian licenses).
I wonder if the rules in Canada will be revisited following this accident. There are very strict rules for all diabetic drivers here, and particularly for commercial drivers, but clearly the existing rules were not followed.
A couple of quotes from The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) driver’s guide, 7th edition:
Exclusion criteria for a commercial licence
To continue driving the patient must have
• No episode of hypoglycemia within the previous 6 months requiring intervention by a
third party for correction, or producing loss of consciousness, even if spontaneous recovery occurred.
Guidelines for commercial driving
• Blood-glucose concentration must be tested within 1 hour before driving and approximately every 4 hours while driving. Driving should be stopped if glucose level falls below 6 mmol/L (108 mg/dL) and not resumed until glucose level has risen following food ingestion.