Some trucks are built to handle a total gross weight of 165,900 lbs. This one was not. In fact, it took two tire repair services, two tow truck operators, a local sheriff’s office, and the state police to handle it.
According to a report from the sheriff’s office, last week an unnamed driver picked up a load of what appears to be scrap metal from St. Paul and headed for Neenah, WI, about 275 miles away. The load was so overweight the truck didn’t even make it to Durand (70 miles from St. Paul) before two of its tires had blown and the truck was pulled over on the side of the road, partially blocking a lane of traffic.
It’s incredible that the truck even made it that far.
The driver called a tire repair service to come and replace his tires, but when they arrived, the trailer was too heavy to lift. The next morning, a second repair service was called. They too were unable to lift the trailer, so they called a heavy tow truck operator to come and lift the trailer.
The tow truck arrived but seeing that the truck was obviously dangerously overweight, they called the local sheriff’s office. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office requested help from a State Patrol Unit.
When the State Trooper arrived, the tow truck operator found that even he was unable to lift the rear of the trailer. They called in a larger 50-ton rotator tow truck which was finally able to lift the trailer. But the trailer was so overweight that the frame started to flex. They were finally able to get it lifted by using blocks and jacks to support the trailer as it was raised.
Once the wheels were finally changed, the whole truck was rolled onto a set of portable scales. At a gross weight of 165,900 lbs. it was 85,900 lbs. overweight. That’s more than twice what the fully loaded rig was supposed to weigh.
The truck was escorted approximately four miles away to be unloaded, with many of the tires carrying more than twice their maximum allowable weight.
The carrier was issued an overweight citation with a fine of $20,287.86, a citation for exceeding tire weight limits, nine axle weight warnings, and 12 out-of-service violations for exceeding tire weight rating limitations. The driver was given a final warning for Reckless Driving and issued a citation for failure to place out the proper emergency warning devices.