High Winds Blow Over 7 Semis in Tennessee River Bridge

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  1. x1Heavy

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    When you are in a wind warned storm zone that you will be entering etc like say taking on a line of tornados that were reported west of Little Rock crossing the Arkansas near Maumelle. You know not to follow 40 to Conway just yet. You get dinner or a nap etc.

    Thats the problem. Too many people roll into a storm situation fat dumb and happy. A few years ago a EF4 200+ mph monster did follow the valley across I-40 and trashed all lanes of traffic leaving dozens crying and screaming in terror in what passes for a junk yard of wreckage. Its on video somewhere and that storm has been warned forever by everyone bending over backwards following the #### thing. It eventually totaled Vilonia on 64 bypass properly. Crushed a 10 million elementry school that was due to open in days. Concrete and steel. Twisted and flat.

    We at home followed that one on the internet for as long the power held up. When it went out we found a hidey hole.
     
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  2. lovesthedrive

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    At least they blew over with out anyone else involved.
     
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  3. "semi" retired

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    HA! Good one, putting us know-it-alls on the spot. I'm not sure what I'd do. Running empty always had it's concerns, I suppose if it was a blowin' and I was empty and coming up on a bridge, I'd slow down, but a blow over can happen to anyone with a box. I never trucked in high wind situations, like out west, but it's clearly a real concern. This has been posted before, but this driver had the save of the century and turn downwind, if you have the room,,I'm sure Walmart was their next stop.
     
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  4. mjd4277

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    You can add Delta Flight 191,Eastern Flight 66 and USAir Flight 1016 to that list as well.
    USAir Flight 1016 - Wikipedia

    Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 - Wikipedia

    Delta Air Lines Flight 191 - Wikipedia
    Like Pan Am 759 mentioned above,every one of these accidents involved wind shear/microburst activity,with human error also being factored in.
     
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    Vilonia is no stranger to tornado activity-having been affected by the 2011 Super Outbreak and the 2014 wedge tornado.
    2011 Super Outbreak - Wikipedia

    Tornado outbreak of April 27–30, 2014 - Wikipedia
     
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  6. x1Heavy

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    Don't I know it. And a dozen other twisters that walked by our neck of the woods give a take a few miles or less.

    Ive got video of one passing over head. Maybe a few hundred feet up. A very big one. Fortunately that one did not do anything that day. The problems begin when I try to harness firewire to a control software to get it off the tape. (Hi8 digital)
     
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  7. "semi" retired

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    And that's another thing, 7 empty trucks? Doesn't anybody haul a load anymore?:dontknow:
     
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  8. SilverBulletBand

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    DOT's NEED to install windsocks near the entrances of bridges and post the current wind speeds.
     
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    DOT's NEED to install windsocks near the entrances of bridges and post the current wind speeds. Use solar panels to power the LED readouts of the wind speeds. Very cheap.
     
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  10. x1Heavy

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    That will help.

    One bridge comes to mind in my experience CBBT of Norfolk to Tidewater Maryland. That's 30 miles of essentially ocean with several tunnels to accomodate ships. BIG ships. They are pretty strict with winds during nor'easters. If you are full load 80000 they will maybe allow you on there at up to 60 mph. But even that is a risk. And ban everything else depending on wind speeds.

    because of that experience I tend to use their chart when dealing with the Somerset PA windstorm question, NOAA issued wind warnings for Wheeling etc in the valleys and I'll just hold up in the old 76 up there and wait a while. No hurry.

    Ive already in my lifetime been pretty much blown off a bridge to be saved by the railing system which was just high enough and strong enough to hold my short mack and empty 40 foot container from falling over during a summer storm. It's the US 50 bay bridge westbound and it would have been either fatal or seriously hurt.

    The storm gusts smashed me out of my lane against that rail. Then proceeded to push me over. At 40 degrees Im on the fuel tank looking at a 10 foot fall to the steel grate. She came back down when the gust quit. Thankfully.
     
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