VIDEO: Car Hits Pepsi Truck, Causes Catastrophic Wreck

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by High Desert Dweller, May 29, 2010.

  1. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    near Kalamazoo Speedway
    WOOD TV in Grand Rapids, MI, has been showing the video without the first 10 seconds or so. The Nissan is completely missing. I sent them an email about their editing, and accused them of an anti-truck bias.
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  3. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

    Sep 18, 2007
    Weatherford, TX
    Takes time to learn to keep it straight when a cow or elk or even a bus is in the way. Got to take a peek around and see if there is a good way to avoid. This was a freak accident to say the least and the driver may not have had any control. Still looks like he may have jerked the wheel. Only good thing was everyone walked away be it with soiled britches. Still can't believe it having been on that road hundreds of times and knowing how busy it is.
  4. walleye

    walleye Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Land of Cheese

    I don't see how you can blame the driver,.......And do you know for a fact that it was a inexperienced driver???
    Injun Thanks this.
  5. Texasgordo

    Texasgordo Light Load Member

    Sep 11, 2007
    Gonzales, Texas
    :biggrin_2555: wild ride for the truck and car
  6. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

    Sep 18, 2007
    Weatherford, TX
    I said it looks like he over reacted to Nissan. I know the drivers that the local beverage drivers use here. They make squat and most are quiet young and inexperienced. I see drivers every day swerving way too much to avoid things. It's a wonder a lot more accidents like this don't occur. Watch the DFW news and about 1 or more rigs a week wind up on their sides or losing load. I'm saying it takes time and real concentration to take that quick look around before you yank the wheel on a large truck. Whacking one moron and saving yourself and others is better than jumping median on interstate. Could have easily been a school bus full of kids coming the other way. This one turned out ok.
  7. Working Class Patriot

    Working Class Patriot Road Train Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Wherever and Whenever...
    When I was training for my CDL...I had a trainer who discussed this very issue...

    He told me to down shift and go right over the 4-wheelers....

    Better to roll over a moron who cut you off, than take out a whole line of 4-wheelers.....And you...the driver will at least be breathing....
  8. future driver

    future driver Light Load Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Wow....Tha black & silver trucks just missed getting looks like tha nissan came around tha corner 2 hot, bounced off tha truck drives & across tha front's a blessing no one was killed in that..
  9. Rookie O/O, vet driver

    Rookie O/O, vet driver Light Load Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Port Clinton, Ohio
    Ok. I just watched this video several times. It appears to me that after hitting the drives, the car, then, either hits the front of the steer tire, or it's fender caught the back of the steer tire. Thus, pushing it around. It is likely, the truck driver was along for the ride, at this point. To illustrate what I'm saying, go to a parking lot with some big holes in it. Ease along, aiming towards one of the holes. Let go of the wheel just before you hit the hole with your steer tire. See what happens to your direction of travel. Let's not assume the driver was swerving as a reaction to the crash for a moment. Let's assume he was an experienced driver. This is my assumption, based on the fact that, as he navigated the curve, he seemed to be favoring the outside. This is not something you see from rookies. They, more often than not, tend to favor the inside. Now, at the point if impact to the drives, we see the truck come away from the left edge, and towards the center. A textbook reaction. STAY IN YOUR LANE AT ALL COSTS!! Then, the car hits his steer tire. Albeit, I cannot make out the actions inside the cab, nor the movement of the tires, you can clearly see that the truck starts "swerving" exactly upon the impact to the steers. This is why spinners are illegal in some states. They break fingers. How can you steer with broken fingers? Anyway, let's not throw the trucker under the bus. We're truckers. We should all know that the gubmint will do a good enough job at that.
  10. Injun

    Injun Road Train Member

    May 15, 2010
    West o' the Big Crick

    And the Snooze media will be happy to help...
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