Look at my post again.
I said that Halliburton and a lot of other corporations did fine in Iraq.
For them, Iraq worked out okay.
President Eisenhower made some comments about outfits like that when he was getting ready to leave the White House.
I do, and I don't need to look it up.
Last edited by shrubnose; 05-27-13 at 11:59 AM.
Keep in mind here Shrub, I am a 25 year truck driver with over two million safe miles under my belt, and have driven oversized loads, and dimensional loads as well....I know what I am talking about.
I read someplace he was in the right lane. Now is an oncoming truck forced him to move right, then his load was over the center divider. Now I'm no authority on this, but without flaggers stopping traffic so his load could be on the other side of the jersey barrier, seems to me that is the trucking companies/drivers negligence, if he needed his load over the barrier to clear.
So there are several at fault here in this case, including the state DOT that approved the route seemingly with a rubber stamp.'Functionally obsolete'
The bridge had been rated "functionally obsolete," according to a federal database, but state officials said it was safe to drive on.
That category is for bridges that may have narrow lanes or shoulders, or spans that don't provide enough vertical clearance to let tall trucks pass, according to Washington's DOT.
The bridge was inspected as recently as November, said Dave Chesson, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Transportation.
"We wouldn't be having drivers drive on this bridge if we thought there were any concerns whatsoever," he said Friday.
Sligh told KOMO he was traveling south on the interstate behind the tractor-trailer when he realized the load appeared to be about four feet too wide to fit through the bridge's superstructure.
"Any time he wants to go over to the left would be OK," Sligh said he told his wife.
But another tractor-trailer appeared to hem the truck in to the right lane.
"There was a big puff of dust, and I hit the brakes."
Dale Ogden told CNN affiliate KING that he was driving near the tractor-trailer's pilot car when he saw a device on that car designed to indicate whether a truck can clear an obstacle hit the top of the bridge.
He then watched in his rear-view mirror as the truck struck the bridge, he told KING.
"It almost tipped the truck over but it came back down. It tipped it up to about a 30-degree angle to the left and it came back down on its wheels, and almost instantaneously behind that I saw girders falling in my rear-view mirror," he said.
The tractor-trailer did not go into the water. The driver was questioned but not detained, state police said.
Truck hit caused Washington state bridge collapse, police say - CNN.com
1. The truck that hemmed him in the right lane was going the same direction, and did not allow right of way over a bridge to the oversized load.
2. The pilot car company did not do their job at the bridge and move to allow the oversize both lanes to safely navigate the span.
3. The company for not taking the time to consider all the possibilities before routing the load.
4. The DOT for the same, and approving the route without taking the time to find alternate routes that were safer.
5. The State, or Local Police that did not dispatch at least one officer to escort the load across, and be available to conduct traffic control if needed for the load to safely cross.
There many here at fault, and although I know that those that don't drive trucks have the kneejerk reaction to instantly blame the truck driver for anything that happens, it is not always the truck drivers fault. We have to share the roads with civilian drivers that often cause these incidents with their actions while driving, then blame those that traverse these roads for a living.
I'm with those who think it's because the bridge was **** - an F rating . . . no one else's fault but the county/principality who should have maintained it.
If you notice the girder he did hit - it's not supporting the section that collapsed. It collapsed under the weight . . because the bridge was inferior. (I agree with this explanation that I read earlier)
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I don't get why anyone is defecnding this. Hemmed in? Are you suggesting he had no choice to merge into the left lane, when an earlier opportunity presented itself?Originally Posted by j-mac
Regardless, he should have been in the left lane entering the bridge. No excuse allowed in my book...Originally Posted by j-mac
Yep, someone dropped the ball...Originally Posted by j-mac
What do you expect from a government employee? Do you really expect competence? That still doesn't alleviate the drivers responsibility.Originally Posted by j-mac
Was it requested?Originally Posted by j-mac
The bottom line, it is the drivers fault. I don't see this as a kneejerk reaction. He was driving, and nobody forced him to drive in the right lane upon approaching the bridge.Originally Posted by j-mac
The design is a very strong one. That is until you take out any one of the triangles. Then it fails like a house of cards.