Choking Driver Causes Huge Fireball Over Walmart
Crashes into propane tank
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
Exterior of Walmart in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Police say man who choked on his food while driving caused a chain reaction that led to a fireball exploding over a Walmart in southwestern New Mexico. The Deming Headlight reports 61-year-old Robert Sheppard told police he was eating as he drove Saturday in front of the Walmart Superstore in Deming and that he began to choke, causing him to lose control of his pickup truck. According to police, the pickup, traveling at a "high rate of speed," struck an SUV and then a propane tank attached to a grill in front of the store. Witnesses reported seeing a massive fireball that extended over the roof of the store. Three people were injured, including the person operating the grill.

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Chatsworth
Mar 23, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
What an idiot! He can't put the brakes on? He can't eat while he isn't driving his pickup truck at high speed?!
mind_riot
Mar 23, 2013 11:28 AM CDT
this is news? seriously ?
Tology
Mar 22, 2013 11:51 PM CDT
I can just imagine what a guy who eats while driving his pickup truck looks like. Maybe he should pay attention to driving when he is behind the wheel and stop to eat while he inhales his double triple cheeseburger.