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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Well Jerry, since you know so much, do you think you can find out what exactly happened?

    Maybe someone miscalculated the load height?

    Maybe the load shifted.

    Maybe he veered too far to the right where the bridge gets shorter?

    one more possibility...

    Maybe the upper supports started to sag...

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    What gets me is this.

    Why didn't he go around the bridge?

    There was another crossing nearby, and I'll bet he was suppose to use it.
    There was plenty of room for him to make it through. It appears that he just drifted too far to the right. I wouldn't be surprised if the wind played a factor.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Was he traveling north or south? I forget.
    He was northbound hauling a huge steel box.


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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Well Jerry, since you know so much, do you think you can find out what exactly happened?

    Maybe someone miscalculated the load height?

    Maybe the load shifted.

    Maybe he veered too far to the right where the bridge gets shorter?

    one more possibility...

    Maybe the upper supports started to sag...
    Non of he above.

    The truck was supposed to drive down the center of the bridge. An oncoming truck failed to give the right-of-way and forced the heavy truck to move to the side. That's when the load collided with the structure.

    Trucks of this nature with special permits don't look like other trucks. They have pilot cars with lights and signs out front, and the truck itself has "heavy load" across the front and back and yellow lights as well. Trucks so marked have the right-of-way wherever they go. Even you in your passenger car have to yield to them on the freeway.

    IMO the driver of the truck who failed to give the right-of-way should be found and sued for damages.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Non of he above.

    The truck was supposed to drive down the center of the bridge. An oncoming truck failed to give the right-of-way and forced the heavy truck to move to the side. That's when the load collided with the structure.

    Trucks of this nature with special permits don't look like other trucks. They have pilot cars with lights and signs out front, and the truck itself has "heavy load" across the front and back and yellow lights as well. Trucks so marked have the right-of-way wherever they go. Even you in your passenger car have to yield to them on the freeway.

    IMO the driver of the truck who failed to give the right-of-way should be found and sued for damages.



    I just read a new story on this.

    The Washington State Department of Transportation has posted a copy of the trucks permit on its website. The permit states that the proposed route for an oversize load "does not guarantee height clearances." A state regulation also posted on the website makes clear the operator is responsible for ensuring the route "is free of overhead obstructions."

    Read more here: UPDATE 2-Investigators looking at height clearance in U.S. bridge collapse | Reuters

    Looks like the driver of the truck that hit the bridge and the company that he works for will be paying for the repairs.

    His formerly 'impeccable' record looks peccable now.



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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    His formerly 'impeccable' record looks peccable now.




    If we don't tighten up our oversize movement regulations nationwide, things like this will happen again.

    This was not an 'accident'.

    This didn't have to happen.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Non of he above.

    The truck was supposed to drive down the center of the bridge. An oncoming truck failed to give the right-of-way and forced the heavy truck to move to the side. That's when the load collided with the structure.
    Jery...

    Interstate 5 is a divided freeway... There is no way oncoming traffic can be expected to yield of part of his load way hanging over the divider.
    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I just read a new story on this.

    The Washington State Department of Transportation has posted a copy of the trucks permit on its website. The permit states that the proposed route for an oversize load "does not guarantee height clearances." A state regulation also posted on the website makes clear the operator is responsible for ensuring the route "is free of overhead obstructions."

    Read more here: UPDATE 2-Investigators looking at height clearance in U.S. bridge collapse | Reuters

    Looks like the driver of the truck that hit the bridge and the company that he works for will be paying for the repairs.

    His formerly 'impeccable' record looks peccable now.



    "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." ~ Lewis Carroll
    This story sound more correct.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    If we don't tighten up our oversize movement regulations nationwide, things like this will happen again.

    This was not an 'accident'.

    This didn't have to happen.
    You can idiot proof things as much as you want. They keep coming up with better idiots...

    The regulations are sufficient. No way to account for all fools.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Jery...

    Interstate 5 is a divided freeway... There is no way oncoming traffic can be expected to yield of part of his load way hanging over the divider.
    It's divided by a Jersey Barrier and each side has 2 lanes. Yes, they can yield. The center of the bridge is more than high enough for the truck to pass. Only when it was forced to move to the right was there a problem.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    You can idiot proof things as much as you want. They keep coming up with better idiots...

    The regulations are sufficient. No way to account for all fools.



    I hear what you are saying and to some extent I agree with you.

    Sometimes we have to just think and/or hope that people will do the right thing.

    For sure we will never make the entire world idiot proof.

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    Re: Wife of truck driver in bridge collapse says husband has 'impeccable' record

    The wife of an Edmonton-area truck driver who police say struck part of a bridge in Washington State Thursday evening and caused it to collapse said her husband has an “impeccable” safety record in 20 years on the job.

    Ma'am, with all due respect, the word you're looking for is HAD. Past tense.


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