Man Pulls Own Tooth While Driving, Causes Accident And Miles-long Traffic Jam


An Alabama man accidentally flipped his tractor trailer after he reportedly took his hands from the wheel so as to pull a loose tooth from his mouth, thereby causing a traffic jam and closure of parts of an interstate for hours, police say. UPI reports:

The man, a 57-year-old self-employed tractor trailer driver, lost control of his 18-wheeler on Sunday night near mile marker 79 on Interstate 20/59. “The driver stated he lost control when he was pulling a tooth with his hands,” an ALEA State Trooper report reads, according to “He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof.”

The truck jackknifed into trees after leaving the road and moving down a slope into a ditch. No serious injuries were reported.

The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m. and forced state troopers to close the eastbound section of the interstate between Tuscaloosa and Cottondale for several hours.

Drivers were sent on a detour off the highway, resulting in long delays and a traffic jam that lasted into the following morning, when one lane was opened to allow vehicles through the crash area.