Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

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Tractor Man's Comment
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You can go down a mountain too slow as many times as you need or want to, but you can only go down too fast once. "

Truer words were never spoken. Should be posted at the top of every downgrade! Sadly, not many would heed the warning!

Bird-one's Comment
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Now I am reading that from the point where the video was taken of him flying past the off ramp he was still 6 miles from the point of impact? That is insane. I would of been riding ever piece of guardrail on the way down or whatever i could find to try and disable the vehicle any way I could. And to just straight shot into vehicles like that, people just sitting there minding their own business. All around a sickening tragedy. Hopefully they can figure out if this was some wild mechanical failure or just inexperience.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I’m curious. If someone is in trouble on a downgrade, is it ever effective to release the trailer or tractor spring brakes (or both)? Or is this ineffective because by that time you have already burned up the brake system?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Ineffective.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Ineffective.

Could you elaborate on that?

Tractor Man's Comment
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Ineffective.

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Could you elaborate on that?

The spring brakes are only on 1 axle on the tractor and 1 axle on the trailer. 4 drums total out of 10. The spring in the brake canister does not apply as much pressure as the service brake is able to. So by the time all of the brake shoes and drums are overheated and ineffective, applying only 4 of them is fruitless. Spring brakes are designed to keep a motionless truck motionless for the most part. They will activate during a catastrophic loss of air pressure, and help slow the truck, but are not designed to bring a speeding out of control tractor trailer to a halt.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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TM, aaah I see. Thanks for helping me to understand that.

Bird-one's Comment
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Latest article. Says driver had used cdl "for some months" whatever exactly that means.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.9news.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&subsection=local&headline=it-was-an-accident-and-its-tragic-attorney-for-truck-driver-arrested-in-fiery-i-70-crash-says&contentId=73-4d2cdd7a-4e62-4ac7-9ed6-43136cff336e

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Latest article. Says driver had used cdl "for some months" whatever exactly that means.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.9news.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&subsection=local&headline=it-was-an-accident-and-its-tragic-attorney-for-truck-driver-arrested-in-fiery-i-70-crash-says&contentId=73-4d2cdd7a-4e62-4ac7-9ed6-43136cff336e

Also - green card immigrant. Not that some may be good drivers and some not - but also lends some credence to the lack of english comprehension.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PlanB's Comment
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Apparently this happened the next day also on I70 West of Denver. Except this time the driver got to an escape ramp.

Runaway Truck

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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