Trailer Detachment Accident Sends 2 To The Hospital

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  2. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    Very odd that the landing gear didn't fold up. It doesn't even seem possible.
     
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  3. mjd4277

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    It looks like when the car hit the trailer the majority of it took the weight off the landing gear. The car is an older model Nissan Altima midsize sedan-not exactly a small car either!
     
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  4. PacoTaco

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    I wonder how far he drove before it disconnected. My first thought is that the kingpin wasn't locked. In that case it would be driver failure not equipment failure
     
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  5. mjd4277

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    Or provided the driver did the necessary checks(visual inspection of lockjaws around the kingpin in the fifth wheel,plus the necessary tug tests before he started out) then it could be an honest to good equipment malfunction. Sometimes sludge from fifth wheel grease can build up and interfere with kingpin locking mechanism. Take from someone who knows! I had a close call with that issue!
     
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  6. zep1218

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    Bet it was a Holland 5th wheel.such junk.
     
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    To be out on the highway I'd imagine it would have to be hooked. One time I noticed on a visual inspection the lockjaw was most of the way across but a couple inches shy. I obviously disconnected and rehooked, but who knows what would have happened if I drove off with that. It passed the tug test. Sure made me a believer in look every time.
     
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  8. mjd4277

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    Either that or a Fontaine-those were actually recalled.
     
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  9. starmac

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    What is wrong with a holland, and more importantly, what do you consider better.
    There may have been some fontaines recalled, but there is literally thousands of them doing their job every day.
    Trailers can ride some long distances on a fifth wheel that is not fully locked, especially if it is fairly dry. I always get moving and grab the trailer brake to give it a hard test, I would much rather it come off in the yard.
     
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  10. MGE Dawn

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    Doesn't the DOT see an equipment failure as a driver failure for failing to catch it during pretrip, though?
     
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