18 Wheeler Trailer Overturns And Trailer Hanging Off Overpass.

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Phox's Comment
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yeah you read that right.... this time I know it was a local driver so I kind of expect stuff like this.

18 wheeler trailer overturns and trailer hanging off overpass.

Flipped his whole truck and the trailer is hanging off the upper lv of i-10 AND he crushed the sign on the lower lv... what a mess to clean up.

Looks like a gravel hauler truck which as I have been told by my trucking school teachers get paid by the load and they tend to be reckless (speeding, not covering load, improper lane usage, not using turn signals, etc.

Said he swerved to avoid an accident, by the looks of things he was driving in the left lane and he swerved to the left. this is why my school and the books we use say to drive in right lane when possible so you can swerve to the right. he also must not have been paying good attention because there was already an accident and his swerve was to avoid the traffic build up from that one... had he been paying attention and keeping a good following distance (1 sec for every 10' for 40mph or less and add 1 more sec for over 40mph) he should not needed to of swerved. the ay I see it... the trucker was an idiot. This will be an interesting conversation topic when I go to class monday.

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James R.'s Comment
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That's a very interesting position to be in.

Jetguy's Comment
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Wow- trailer/truck totaled. Damages to sign and stands.

Phil C.'s Comment
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That's the hard way to empty an end dump!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Went through this area today a few hours before the wreck today. I warned my student about dirt haulers as we drove through. Glad the guy wasn't hurt, but having a hard time feeling sorry for him.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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The news story says that the driver was cut off by a 4 wheeler, and he flipped while trying to avoid the dummy. Nothing about the story says that the truck driver was doing anything wrong. Not feeling sorry for him? You would rather see a story about him plowing over and killing someone? bad enough that he could have died, while avoiding killing someone else.

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Pat M.'s Comment
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yeah you read that right.... this time I know it was a local driver so I kind of expect stuff like this.

http://www.ksat.com/news/18-wheeler-crashes-on-i-10-causes-major-delays

Flipped his whole truck and the trailer is hanging off the upper lv of i-10 AND he crushed the sign on the lower lv... what a mess to clean up.

Looks like a gravel hauler truck which as I have been told by my trucking school teachers get paid by the load and they tend to be reckless (speeding, not covering load, improper lane usage, not using turn signals, etc.

Said he swerved to avoid an accident, by the looks of things he was driving in the left lane and he swerved to the left. this is why my school and the books we use say to drive in right lane when possible so you can swerve to the right. he also must not have been paying good attention because there was already an accident and his swerve was to avoid the traffic build up from that one... had he been paying attention and keeping a good following distance (1 sec for every 10' for 40mph or less and add 1 more sec for over 40mph) he should not needed to of swerved. the ay I see it... the trucker was an idiot. This will be an interesting conversation topic when I go to class monday.

Boy for being new to this industry you sure have a **** poor outlook on other drivers. Just because someone is home every night does not make them a dangerous driver. Local drivers are not any better or worse than OTR drivers. There are bad apples in every barrel.

This was one truck in one accident, what about that pile up in Michigan last year or the one in Wyoming where all the OTR drivers were traveling too fast for road conditions and were unable to stop in time?

I am home every night for the most part so by your thinking and that of your instructors, because I would be considered a local driver, I am reckless and dangerous.

Now we have a shop also and do a lot of outside work, we also have wreckers. Guess what trucks get towed out of the ditch the most? Hint! It's not the local guys.

Once you get out on the road, then you can form opinions like this when you are better informed.

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Phox's Comment
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The news story says that the driver was cut off by a 4 wheeler, and he flipped while trying to avoid the dummy. Nothing about the story says that the truck driver was doing anything wrong. Not feeling sorry for him? You would rather see a story about him plowing over and killing someone? bad enough that he could have died, while avoiding killing someone else.

The article I linked to says (won't let me select text on that page):

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doesn't say anything about a 4 wheeler cutting him off. Sadly because our news reporters in san antonio couldn't report something accurately if their life depended on it (this is mostly true for all over the usa but for now i'm sticking to just san antonio) so we don't know WHAT'S true or not. the story I linked to might be correct, it might be wrong, I wasn't there I didn't see it, in fact I was on my way home from doing some red cross work in spring branch, tx when one of my co volunteers heard about it and had told me and so I took a different route home from our chapter office because I knew traffic would be backed up both directions... interesting as it would have been to see this spectacle... I got stuck in traffic anyways for a different accident on a different freeway -.-

Either way, he still did a lot of things wrong. I have been taught and had it engraved in my head between my trucking school, youtube videos and the high road training program here... you never ever ever swerve cause you have a high center of gravity and tipping over is very much likely... well looks like that happened to this guy. I'm not saying he should have plowed through traffic or even the guy that MAYBE cut him off, but he should have increased his following distance which as someone who is local to san antonio can say... these local drivers do not keep much distance between the back of the car in front and themselves, I will also say it's pretty difficult because the 4 wheelers here are retarded to an extreme lv, I think people who are actually mentally disabled could drive better than the locals here. He also was probably driving in the left lane, while it was not illegal to do that there he should not have been, there's not a lot of space to dodge traffic on any side of i-10 when it splits off into upper / lower lvs here BUT there is more space on the right side and less traffic below, heck he could have also taken the lower lv like a lot of truckers do out here and then he would not have been hanging off the edge had he flipped.

Looking at the picture I would imagine his gravel hit some cars... I can only imagine the underwear of the drivers on the lower lv when this happened... it is probably very brown and yellow from crapping themselves and ****ing themselves, especially those under him when it happened.

glad he wasn't hurt, I hope he doesn't get put into another truck cause like I said in my first post, most of them drive really recklessly out here because for them it's all about get that load picked up, taken to point b, dumped and back to a for another to make as much money as possible and it was only a matter of time till this happened. I would like to defend him but honestly I have seen to much locally here in san antonio to have any reason to. spend a week here and drive our freeways (or local roads) and you'll see why I don't like living or driving here.

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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If you watch the news video feed, witnesses say a car cut him off

Phox's Comment
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I still think he should have kept a better following distance... honestly though having not been there to see it I can't say if he had a good following distance or not. I travel that area at least 5 days a week and I know you can scan ahead quite a ways, especially on the upper lv, since there was already an accident AND txdot updates our digital signs to tell you about them in advanced I feel like he should have already been slowing down and prepared to stop. However having not driven a truck yet I can't say much more on it, but I stick by what I have already said in that he should not have swerved... nothing good comes from that in a truck, that's a 4 wheeler habit that I think he did by accident out of habit.

It will be interesting to see how the lower lv looks monday morning, wonder if they'll have that sign fixed. txdot says all lanes upper and lower are open again.

stay safe out there everyone, there's no reason to be in a super hurry. yeah you might make more money but not if you get in an accident. no amount of money is worth risking your life or anyone else's.

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