Truck Crash Colorado - With Videos

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Tractor Man's Comment
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There is a lesson to be learned here Drivers! DO NOT rely on your service brakes on downgrades. Low gears+ engine brake + SLOW speeds, will get you down safely!

Lets not be "one of those guys"

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Bird 's Comment
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Well, the same local news channel did an article on the company. Probably won't be a huge surprise what was found about said company.

https://www.9news.com/amp/article?section=news&subsection=investigations&headline=trucking-company-connected-to-i-70-crash-has-history-of-safety-issues-involving-brakes&contentId=73-18e8ce1f-5486-4dc8-828c-e52b3fdd6239

Rob D.'s Comment
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Very good comprehensive article on the crash and mountain driving:

Trucking Info Website Article

Love this quote:

I think it's safe to say that further investigation will reveal this driver had little or no mountain driving training. He hails from Houston Texas, which is flatter than pee on a plate.
Tractor Man's Comment
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He hails from Houston Texas, which is flatter than pee on a plate.

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Gotta love those Texans and their sayings!

Old School probably has a bag full of them!

HOS:

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PackRat'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

That was SOME video of that one in CO! I've been by that runaway ramp a bunch if times and it us quite an incline. Can hardly believe that guy almost made it to the top before it finally bogged down. Those ramps are obviously a life saver when the need arises.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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See, now in that latest video (which I can't embed here unfortunately) you'll see what I mean about the smoke pouring off the brakes. It's smoking like an old steam engine! That's what you expect when a truck loses its brakes.

In the original video where the guy plowed into all of those cars - there was no smoke coming from the brakes. I'm still baffled by that first one. Something else was going on. Like, the video when he was still high up on the mountain - why was he swerving all over the place like a maniac? His truck wasn't going at some outrageous speed. He was being followed by another truck who was under complete control at the same speed. So why was he swerving all over the highway?

Now I did have a truck one time that lost the brakes only on the trailer, but not because of overheating. They just weren't working at all. The mechanic didn't believe me at first. Then he discovered a problem in the valving that kept the trailer brakes from being applied.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

HOS:

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PackRat's Comment
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With all the weaving that was going on in that video, I don't think he was paying attention (distracted) which ended horribly. I do not think it was solely a loss of the brakes. The investigation should find out the truth in the end.

Dan67's Comment
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More information has trickled out in the last few days. For starters the driver had only been employed at his company for 2 weeks prior to the accident and has held a CDL for less then 6 months total. His company had 5 trucks and in the past 2 years stacked up 30 citations. Ten for out of service brake issues, 2 citations of drivers lacking enough knowledge of English language.

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.
PackRat's Comment
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More information has trickled out in the last few days. For starters the driver had only been employed at his company for 2 weeks prior to the accident and has held a CDL for less then 6 months total. His company had 5 trucks and in the past 2 years stacked up 30 citations. Ten for out of service brake issues, 2 citations of drivers lacking enough knowledge of English language.

Being the betting man I am, I’ll say that company will be gone and maybe someone will see some jail time in addition to all the lawsuits and bankruptcy that are most assuredly in their future.

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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More information has trickled out in the last few days. For starters the driver had only been employed at his company for 2 weeks prior to the accident and has held a CDL for less then 6 months total. His company had 5 trucks and in the past 2 years stacked up 30 citations. Ten for out of service brake issues, 2 citations of drivers lacking enough knowledge of English language.

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Being the betting man I am, I’ll say that company will be gone and maybe someone will see some jail time in addition to all the lawsuits and bankruptcy that are most assuredly in their future.

I think i read somewhere he was being charged with 30+ Felonies.

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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