Truck driver faces homicide charge after oversized load crushes car

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  1. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

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    Ohio police say that a truck driver has been charged after the oversized load that he was hauling struck an overpass and then fell on top of a car, killing one person early this morning.

    The incident occurred around 1:40 a.m. on Friday, August 30, in Gahanna, Ohio.

    According to a report from the Gahanna Division of Police, truck driver Cody Dee Weathers was hauling heavy farm equipment northbound on I-270 when the high load struck the Claycraft Road Bridge.

    The load fell off of the truck and onto a car traveling behind the truck.

    https://cdllife.com/2019/truck-driver-faces-homicide-charge-after-oversized-load-crushes-car/
     
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  3. oh he's going to get the death penalty or life in prison no questions asked he got the aggravated homicide not manslaughter the big one..
    and this time it's rightfully deserve so I have to agree with the law on this one I don't care what anybody has to say you take a permitted load out of jurisdiction and this ends up happening you're a moron..
    but it just goes to show you once again just like everywhere else whether it's just the basic CDL doubles and triples like FedEx ground immigrants and a whole lot more money talks..
    feel sorry for Muhammad that's a shame to have to lose your life like that and it wasn't even enough actual wreck it was just somebody that should not apparently have been qualified to be pulling an oversize load.
     
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  4. buddyd157

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    Local news station 10TV reports that Weathers was operating outside of the provisions of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Special Hauling Permit.

    i don't feel sorry for this steering wheel holder.

    i just hope he gets put away for a long, long time.

    RIP to the victim of this morons dim view of operating OUTSIDE of those said provisions.
     
  5. Buckmaster1981

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    First off why was he on the road with. Tall load at night! Only a couple states do night travel with super loads and Ohio isn’t one of them. I’m not taking up for the guy but think about it someone can shoot someone in cold blood and get manslaughter conviction and be back out in a couple years! Why would anyone think that homicide charge and possibly life in prison be a fair deal for just a really stupid decision
     
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  6. Bud A.

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    Not disagreeing that people who commit gun murders should be put away for a long time, but I'm having a hard time trying to think of a homicide by gun that's not a really stupid decision.
     
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    IIRC Ohio only allows permitted loads to run from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. He had no business being on the road at 1:30 am.

    Although the article doesn't specify it, I wonder whether the route he was on was on the permitted route? Although all permits have standard boilerplate stating that if you hit something it's not the state's fault, it's always the driver's responsibility to make sure he/she can clear a bridge, wire, or side obstructions.

    Now IF that driver wasn't even on the permitted route, that's a double whammy. You are violating the hours and the route. Any permit violation automatically revoked the permit. You aren't authorized to be there.

    Any oversized driver would know all this. It's the ABC's of over dimension and over weight loads. You have to read your permits and provisions, study the route, know what hours you can legally operate, and slow it WAY down if you are coming up on a critical clearance.

    That driver did NONE of the above. He deserves jail time.
     
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  8. ZVar

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    You are assuming he was running with a permit. My guess is it's a farmer that was moving equipment in the middle of the night to avoid notice. Maybe won something at auction and carting it home or something like that.

    Of course we all know what assume means, so... :)
     
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  9. Buckmaster1981

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    That was my thoughts exactly beings I was in heavy haul for years before I got in to tanker I can remember a lot of farmers doing stuff like running at night with no permits or escorts
     
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  10. Buckmaster1981

    Buckmaster1981 Light Load Member

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    That’s true
     
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    And THIS is a good reason to be really heads up if you are running in farm country. I topped the crest of a hill on a curve and came up on a farmer hauling machinery that blocked both lanes of the two lane road, pulling it with a John Deere at about 12 mph on a 65 mph road.

    Yes, he did have reflective triangles. That saved his ### and mine.
     
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