Police look for suspect vehicle in deadly I-40 tanker truck crash

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by Chinatown, Dec 23, 2020.

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  2. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    My number one rule as a tanker yanker is never swerve. Period. Best thing to do is power through the crash and stop when safe. I would be sorry in someone got hurt or killed, but I'm gonna get home safe.
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  3. solitary_con

    solitary_con Light Load Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Cook County, IL
    Nah! No sympathy! They just wrote a check their ### couldn't cash.
  4. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    As a tanker driver they told us this in training class and every quarterly safety meeting thereafter.
    They told us that regular rigs have a fatality rate of 1 in 10 for rollovers. Tankers are 1 in 4. And it's not an easy death.
    Anyone ever seen the safety video "Remember Charlie" ?
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  5. 13 Speed Road Ranger

    13 Speed Road Ranger Bobtail Member

    Dec 7, 2020
    As an oldtimer I still remember a tanker driver swerved to avoid a car that cut in front of him on the 91 fwy in Ca. killing him when he rolled & exploded. I drove Ltl freight for 45 years & no way I rolling my junk over a fool in a car. Had a guy pull out of a shopping center hanging a left, laid on the horn but he went under my trailer & the car was crushed. He lived bless God.
  6. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    Lapeer, MI
    I’ve seen it, but Remembering Charlie has nothing to do with pulling a tanker.
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  7. CowboyTim

    CowboyTim Light Load Member

    Nov 2, 2018
    Perp's vehicle is a lowrider with no license plate.

    Whadda surprise.
  8. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

    Dec 10, 2012
    Tooele, UT
    He wasn't a truck driver.
    It was what he went through from the burns that freaked everyone out.

    Knew a guy that burnt to death in his truck. Wasn't anything left to bury. Only knew him from the loading racks but he seemed like a good guy. And there were stories from other terminals of things that happened.

    Gut reaction is to swerve to try to avoid the accident but if you go over you may die and take some innocent people with you. Holding your lane is something that you need to think about before it happens.
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  9. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    NE illinois
    You never know how you react in this situation , different people - different instincts
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  10. Bud A.

    Bud A. Road Train Member

    May 10, 2015
    Mountain Time
    The instinct to swerve is really strong. Your brain wants to avoid hitting something in front of you. The problem is that physics is not your friend when you swerve in a truck, especially a tanker. That's why you have to make a conscious decision that you're going to hold your lane before anything happens. You have to really think about it, more than once.

    I haven't pulled a tank for over a year now, but I still think about "what if this jerk actually turns his pickup into my lane in front of me?" scenarios. Same for deer and antelope and elk, which I see a lot grazing on the shoulders of two-lane highways in the middle of the night. Large stupid animals are a real hazard.

    It paid off last spring, too, when a jagoff hydroplaned in front of me, bounced off the wall and ended up back in front of me. I didn't swerve, I hit him hard, and I was able to pull over to the shoulder upright. I thought I'd killed him, but he was fine. More importantly, I was fine. That's not selfish, that's reality. I'm not the jerk that was doing 80 in a 55 zone in a downpour. If one of us had had to die, I would have wanted it to be him and not me.
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