Oops..someone has some serious explaining to do...

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by drvrtech77, Oct 18, 2020 at 8:57 AM.

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  2. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

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    Just a hunch. The driver didnt bother to check the jaws of the king pin
     
  3. Wasted Thyme

    Wasted Thyme Road Train Member

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    "But I did a tug test...or at least I think I did." :rolleyes:
     
  4. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    You all missed the big picture, the load is secure and didn’t move.

    I think he should’ve tarped it though.
     
  5. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Holy #### man . I dont think this is a check the jaws situation . Sounds like he was already driving and the 5th wheel malfunctioned
     
  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    my thoughts as well. too many braking and acceleration situations, for the 5th wheel to have gone thru for the trailer to be dropped before this.
     
  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Exactly right. That looks like a Scmidbauer load out of Eureka. If he made it all the way to Garberville I'd be looking for a mechanical failure of the fifth wheel and not driver error in the hookup.
     
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  8. olddog_newtricks

    olddog_newtricks Medium Load Member

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    Year's ago I had a co worker who had pulled loads all night and on his last one the trailer slid right off as he was making a right turn. You just never know when that stuff can happen.
     
  9. Shawn2130

    Shawn2130 Medium Load Member

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    Fifth wheel jaws, or any mechanical parts that keep the jaws locked can break anytime.

    Nothing a driver can do when it happens.

    Though that is very rare.
     
  10. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    In over fifty years on the road I've never personally had a fifth wheel malfunction. I've had a couple that I refused to drive because the fifth wheel was worn and sloppy and there was no adjustment left.
    That being said , one of our competitors had two in one week. One of them involved a fatality and the other resulted in major injuries. Both times the load of lumber came loose and either hit or was hit by cars. Both times happened at night.
    Both happened within a week of each other and both were investigated by a team of CHPs. Both instances were traced back to lack of maintenance. Both had excessive wear and signs of previous unrepaired damage and abuse.
    When all the fines, lawsuits and settlements were over we had one less competitor. He filed bankruptcy, closed his doors, and the last I heard he was working in a 7-11.
     
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