Horrible crash in Lakewood CO, I70 closed both directions. 12 vehicles 4 semi huge fire

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  1. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Light Load Member

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    Wow.

    Seeing him fly by in that video reminds me...

    I don’t know about this whole driver shortage thing, honestly I think we have plenty of drivers who have CDLs but we do have a shortage of qualified drivers, drivers who have respect for their equipment, size and load.

    Basically we have a shortage of good, skilled drivers. It doesn’t help with the mega’s and their driver mill mentality spewing out less and less qualified drivers who will run for pennies...
     
  2. mjd4277

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    Another thing to point out. Since this was an older model truck involved if it is found that mechanical failure was a contributing factor in the accident then that’s probably going to give Colorado an excuse to crack down on operators of older CMVs,especially from a maintenance standpoint.
     
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  3. Cattleman84

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    Well this is so sad... I do believe this is all the drivers fault and should face charges... But in the CNN article it said that even if the truck had a mechanical problem charges would stick... That bothers me a little.

    Obviously in this scenario there were probably better options than running into stopped traffic, there's got to be a runaway ramp or ditch he could have put it into... But if he truly had a major mechanical failure, that was not due to his ignorance, I dont feel that charges would be justified... At least not capital charges.

    But as I said before... I think this driver screwed up and had many opportunities to not end up in a runaway situation to begin with, and probably a couple options of better places to crash it rather than into stopped traffic.
     
  4. lovesthedrive

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    That load of sticks is some ones load of 2x4 lumber.
     
  5. tucker

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    At least the Mega trucking companies provide training.
    OOIDA cries and cries and lobbies our Government that new drivers need training, but they won’t train you.
    Truckers aren’t having enough kids to bring into the industry.
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    What’s left?
    Hand Jeb the keys with zero training and hope he doesn’t kill anyone?
     
  6. D.Tibbitt

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    Looked like a white volvo in video, my bad its a old freightliner
     
  7. Criminey Jade

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    I hate to say it, but I think the mechanical failure rests with the driver's judgment. You get signs to gear down after the Chief Hosa exit. The 45 MPH limit goes away at the Morrison exit, but you still have a long slope from there past the C470 ramp (which is easy to see). He should've still been in control, if not up a few gears. Witnesses say he was hauling ### past the C470 ramp, so he either blew it off and let it roll or he was coming down on his foot. If he was burning up after exit 256, he should've been in the sand trap.

    Another thing about it got me thinking. Does anyone remember the I-70 flatbed lumber truck wreck in 09/06/2013 in which the company sent a driver down I-70 with no CDL? I Googled it. He wrecked near Georgetown. Didn't gear down, lost control and laid it over. I'm curious if it's the same company. If so, they are toast.
     
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  8. mjd4277

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    Definitely a Freightliner but it went by so fast that I couldn’t tell if it was an FLD or a Century Class. 10 to 1 says he either missed a gear and/or fried his brakes to the point of no return!
     
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  9. JC1971

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    "Forget" to dip the sponge in water.
     
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