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Dashcam video of truck accident in Montana: Analysis anyone?

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MB007's Comment
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Accuweather posted this dashcam video of a truck sliding on the ice and ending up at the bottom of an embankment: http://bcove.me/u54mmdkl

I am curious about what any experienced drivers think about this. It seems a sunny day after a storm with plowed roads can be very deceptive.

Big Scott's Comment
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I'm from Long Island NY. I got my licence at 17. Driving upstate to go skiing was a thing to do. I have driven through blizzards, snow, and ice. The kind of ice in that video should have been avoided. If it's necessary to drive on ice, you go at idle speed and don't hit the brakes. At any speed you will slide on ice. That driver was driving way to fast for those conditions.

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Scott points out that if you are rolling at all on that ice, you are already going to fast.

It seems the right lane had black ice, and the left was slushy. Drifting to left, the driver tried to correct, which put him heading for the right railing, with no way to turn back to going straight.

With what I see in the video, I'd stay in the left lane, going no more that 1/3 the current speed, and only far enough to find a pull out.

Pianoman's Comment
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Looked to me like a pretty clear cut case of driving too fast for the conditions. When the road is shiny like that, you're better off just shutting down--that's about as slick as it gets.

MB007's Comment
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Thanks everyone. Would it be safe to assume the driver was probably fired? If so, do you think he/she would be able to drive trucks again?

Big Scott's Comment
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Doubt it. However, there is always someone to give you a job.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone. Would it be safe to assume the driver was probably fired? If so, do you think he/she would be able to drive trucks again?

It's about the road conditions. A while ago, an active TT member (not Old School) rolled his flatbed and kept his job. It's not automatic, of course, but even good drivers can have a mishap.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I drove through there after it happened. Road was not that bad. They were still cleaning up the next day when I went back through.

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