The "one-stop problem" posed by a railroad crossing Saturday at the 2007 D.M. Bowman Driving Championship appeared easy to solve, at least from a spectator's point of view.
But for most of the tractor-trailer drivers competing in the Williamsport-based company's corporate rodeo off Showalter Road, the last of six obstacles in the annual competition for trophies, cash and bragging rights proved to be the most difficult.
This year's grand champion, Vernon Curtis of Huntersville, N.C., defied the odds and received a perfect score of 50, said Scott Bowen, director of Risk Management & Safety for the transportation company.
"That's pretty amazing," Bowen said. "Just try it in your car some time. You think you're either closer than you really are, or you think you're further away. There is nothing for a driver to be able to line up, to get the perception."