UPS driver goes 50 years without an accident

The second-safest UPS driver in the country is from the Bronx and says he learned to drive on a tractor while growing up on a farm.



Ronald McKnight has been driving in New York City for almost 50 years without ever being involved in an accident. He's originally from North Carolina, where he learned to drive on the family farm at 13 years old.



Ralph Imparato, an old colleague, says the accident-free record is nearly impossible.



"It's a miracle to be honest with you," Imparato says. "He must be a great driver."



McKnight, who coolly cruised down the crowded, snowy streets on Thursday, jokes that there are some drivers he avoids to keep out of trouble.



"The worst ones are cab drivers and our neighbors -- New Jersey drivers," he says.



McKnight started driving his midtown Manhattan route in 1967, when he first joined the United Parcel Service. 



"Ronnie is the hardest worker in this neighborhood -- dusk till dawn," says Jimmy Burke, of Manhattan. "This guy is non-stop. He's non-stop."



He's been on the route for so long that it seems like everyone in the neighborhood knows him. As News 12 accompanied him for a ride, neighbor after neighbor greeted McKnight on the road. And they say it takes two workers to do his job on his days off.



"I like the work," he says. "I'm the only old goat here sticking it out with the younger boys." 


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