Driving a big rig down a stretch of highway was fun for Tripp Goossen until he ran into a wall and shattered his windshield.

Tripp Goossen, 16, of Beverly, uses a truck driving simulator Tuesday afternoon during an open house at Salina Area Technical College. [TOM DORSEY / SALINA JOURNAL]

Luckily, the 16-year-old Beverly teenager was sitting in a truck-driving simulator and looking at the carnage he’d caused on a large-screen video safely within the confines of a commercial truck driving room at Salina Area Technical College.

Tripp said driving a semi truck was awkward, even if it was just a simulator.

“It was kind of fun, but it was a little weird,” he said. “When you turn, you over-correct a lot.”

Instead of a truck driver, Tripp said he’s thinking of becoming a diesel mechanic after high school, just like his dad Josh, who graduated from Salina Tech 20 years ago and works as a professional diesel technician.

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