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

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Expeditor, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2017
    we were all very green at some point in our careers. when i was new to CDL driving i was extremely cautious, almost too cautious. i was at milk plan watching another hauler back in, it took this driver over half an hour to get in the bay. clearly he could not drive. the first time i went to that plant it took me 5-10 minutes, it is a challenging backing, but he didnt even start out setup right, not even close. i dont know where companies are finding these people. pay needs to increase in all forms of trucking.

    we all started out green but had to have some basic ability.
  2. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL

    I thought everyone knew you don't go into Denver unless you're 10mph under the posted speed limit. Traffic stops for no discernible reason at any hour of the day/night.
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    by increasing the pay in all forms of trucking, the no-minds get that pay raise as well...i think what you meant to say was, "when companies hire good drivers, rather than multiple chance drivers, or low IQ drivers, rather than just a body to put into the seat, things will get better"..
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  4. Trucking in Tennessee

    Trucking in Tennessee Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    He had a foreign name. He's in custody now. I hope they find out who certified him and sue them also. He was flying down the shoulder. More pics. 20190426_165156.jpg 20190426_165042.jpg
  5. Chebbydriver7195

    Chebbydriver7195 Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2019
    Mechanical failure or not there's always a better option then plowing into traffic. I'll use a guard rail, ditch or etc to stop before I let myself plow through traffic
  6. fentonbill

    fentonbill Bobtail Member

    May 26, 2007
    Looking at the downhill video....the truck in question is all over the road, but speed doesn't seem over the top. The load/trailer isn't leaning to a significant degree, and he's getting passed by a few cars, while others roll up behind him. No smoke that I can see off the brakes either. I don't know the territory, but something isn't totally adding up here.
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  7. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL
    So, was the "Simmons" truck on the shoulder before the collision? Reports indicate the truck that caused it swerved back into traffic right before the crash occurred. Not that we need one, but that would one more reason to never use the shoulder for anything other than an emergency breakdown. If there's nowhere else to park, an ON ramp is a much better place than the shoulder. ..
  8. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL

    Is there a link to the video?
  9. Socal Xpress

    Socal Xpress Road Train Member

    Dec 6, 2014
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I cannot imagine doing this job at 23 and I am 46 now. Best thing I did was spend 2 years running out of Denver.

    I dont understand the fixation over the nationality of this unfortunate young man. He has a green card and was trying to make an honest living. He majorly f'ed up and will do time for this. Unlikely his family will have enough to make bail so pretty stupid to mention he is a flight risk.
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  10. Criminey Jade

    Criminey Jade Road Train Member

    Aug 16, 2013
    Here's a short clip of it from a news story. I don't think a longer version is released anywhere. The Lookout Mountain material starts about 1:22.

    I'm sticking with *didn't gear down* when he was supposed to. I don't see smoke coming off those wheels in this clip, but he's clearly losing the battle. Why he blew past the sand trap baffles me. It was wide open for him.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2019
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