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    Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash - Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News


    The driver of the Freightliner, 71-year-old Kenneth J. Dunn of Chicago, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, unsafe equipment, and spilling a load on a highway, according to state police.

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    71 years old. Unsafe equipment can mean different things, one might be bad brakes.

    Not saying this was the case, but I've never heard of anyone that age driving for a living.

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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    70 is the new 50!

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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

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    71 years old. Unsafe equipment can mean different things, one might be bad brakes.

    Not saying this was the case, but I've never heard of anyone that age driving for a living.
    There's quite a few that age still driving mainly guys who don't know much else or haven't saved for retirement or just cant stand retirement. Also a lot of people are driving as a team to see the country after retiring if they don't have a lot of savings. Its pretty common.
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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    His brakes may have failed, or he may have had his head up his ass. "Unsafe equipment' could literally anything from a inoperable marker light to a major brake failure.

    I've never heard of 18 brake assemblies failing at the same time. If it was brakes, his trailer brakes were probably in-op. Most likeky, he didn't check them and didn't know, or he did know and didn't adjust his driving strategy accordingly.

    Most likely, there was a loose nut between the driver's seat and the steering wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    There's quite a few that age still driving mainly guys who don't know much else or haven't saved for retirement or just cant stand retirement. Also a lot of people are driving as a team to see the country after retiring if they don't have a lot of savings. Its pretty common.
    Probably, I wouldn't doubt the retirement thing.

    I knew a driver, actually owner operator who brought the rig home one evening, his last time. Emerging from the rig, he was uncoordinated, dragging his leg, speech was slurred, and his woman said ah ha, drunk and driving again huh! He was 63 y.o.. so sad.

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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    My next door neighbor is 73 years old and she parks her Freightliner tractor in my driveway almost every weekend.

    Just sayin'

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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    His brakes may have failed, or he may have had his head up his ass. "Unsafe equipment' could literally anything from a inoperable marker light to a major brake failure.

    I've never heard of 18 brake assemblies failing at the same time. If it was brakes, his trailer brakes were probably in-op. Most likely, he didn't check them and didn't know, or he did know and didn't adjust his driving strategy accordingly.

    Most likely, there was a loose nut between the driver's seat and the steering wheel.

    it's incredibly unlikely his trailer brakes were in-op.... his trailer ABS system may have been ( unlikely that the cops on scene could verify that)... but inoperative ABS systems do not prevent normal braking operations.
    the most common reason for an "unsafe equipment" citation is ...marker lights... then tires.

    but yeah, "unsafe equipment" covers a very wide range of issues... they are "fix it" tickets
    these types of violations generally do not contribute to or cause accidents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    My next door neighbor is 73 years old and she parks her Freightliner tractor in my driveway almost every weekend.

    Just sayin'
    I had a customer that operated a heavy haul truck ( for hauling big equipment.. huge stuff)... he was 84 years old... with narcolepsy.
    old geezer had 5 million accident free miles driven when he finally retired... and the nicest 71' Peterbilt I had ever worked on, it was damn near a show truck.

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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    it's incredibly unlikely his trailer brakes were in-op.... his trailer ABS system may have been ( unlikely that the cops on scene could verify that)... but inoperative ABS systems do not prevent normal braking operations.
    the most common reason for an "unsafe equipment" citation is ...marker lights... then tires.

    but yeah, "unsafe equipment" covers a very wide range of issues... they are "fix it" tickets
    these types of violations generally do not contribute to or cause accidents.
    It's not "highly unlikely" at all.
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    Re: Semi driver cited after Dan Ryan crash

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's not "highly unlikely" at all.
    yes it is..full trailer brake failure ( all 4 brake positions) is incredibly rare.
    when it does happen, we see all 4 positions lock up..usually due to loss of the air supply.

    loss of braking power to all positions can be caused by only a few things... slack adjusters being manually backed off, loss of service air supply ( which quickly leads to loss of air and a lockup), or the chambers have been manually caged.

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