UT. Trucker jams an Oversized load into an overpass.

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  1. Apostolic

    Apostolic Super Moderator Staff Member

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  2. imported_Believer45

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    Wonder if the load was permitted and, if so, if the driver was out of route?

    Interesting.

    Dave / Believer45
     
  3. Vwaggs

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    They aren't real swift up there w/oversize loads.

    I was going down a 4 lane state route up there a few years ago, when an oversized load was coming the other way. The road was equivalent to about a 5 lane width overall. The first thing I see is a Utah Trooper who is leading the convoy coming the other direction. As he goes by he waves/points to my right. So I pull to the extreme right of the road anticipating some monsterous 4 lane wide oversize coming. a second cruiser comes around the curve, followed by a drop deck w/a Terex dump bed on it. The kind we all pass on I-80 rolling across PA, going the same direction. The Trooper whips over toward me w/his cruiser indicating I need to pull over. He starts yelling at me, saying the other Trooper told me to pull over. I told him in no uncertain terms the other Trooper only motioned for me to go right and at no time indicated for, nor instructed me to, pull over and stop. He continued his rant and I told him I drive all over the country and think I have enough experience to understand a hand gesture that would mean to stop. He then saw the CB antenna on my car, stopped his rant and left. To this day I cannot believe those dummies actually wanted to stop oncoming traffic on a 4 lane highway for a lane and a half wide oversize. I could not imagine how they would handle real world driving conditions out of the desert.:shift::Flame-On:
     
  4. Carolina

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    Wonder about the "pole escort" that should have been going ahead. Might been like the one I had going into Boston one trip with a 15' high unit, she was dumb, dumb, and dumber.
     
  5. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    I had an escort that drank so much beer every night I was afraid he would pass out. I kept looking behind me checking to see if he was still there. He was like 75 years old or something.
     
  6. Apostolic

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    the news footage on the website linked has UHP saying that the driver deviated from his assigned route and that 'citations would be issued' so the real question is what was he doing off his route?
     
  8. imported_Believer45

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    Written article linked earlier in this thread said he made a wrong turn. If it was me I would be watching signs and not moving that fast under those conditions.

     
  9. Carolina

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    I ask again, where was the "escort"? If the truck driver made a wrong turn, the "escort" evidently made it first and the truck driver followed. It has happened to me, the "escort" would make a wrong turn and knowing better, I would refuse to follow, I would just pull over and sit until the "escort" found me again.

    I have only pull a few oversized loads in my lifetime, but it was always laid down to me that the "escort" was responsible for the routing. Maybe someone could clear this up.
     
  10. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    The driver is always responsible. You carry the same permit. I don't think there was an escort. Who knows though. I don't have enough experience with high loads to know whether Utah requires them and at what height. To me if he had a high pole in front he would have had plenty of warning. You are supposed to stay way back and the high pole is 6" lower than the load's height. You creep under any bridge with the escort following behind to check the clearance when the pole goes off.
     
  11. Apostolic

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    Most States require an escort with all oversized loads transported anywhere in the state they are bound for including the states the load has to pass through.

    Now as far as the truck driver getting charged,thats the way most crash liability is determined.
    The fault goes to the steering wheel holder.
     
  12. Cerberus_Kelpie

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    Another in the growing numbers of LOSER drivers.
    13' 6" is high enough for me and presents some challenges at some locations.

    At least the Swift truck in the one picture wasn't then involved.
     
  13. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    You would be surprised how many "Experienced" drivers pull crap like this.
     
  14. Cerberus_Kelpie

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    Yes, you're correct in that I would be surprised by how many Experienced Drivers end up this way yet would not understand why because OF the Experience level(s).
    Thank you truckinusa!!
     
  15. truckinus

    truckinus Former YRC Dallas 511

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    Texas has to have the worst permits for confusion. Michigan is probably second. Utah permits are usually pretty readable. Rookie driver is my guess. It takes some effort to haul a** under a bridge like that in a construction zone. I would have at least slowed down a bit.
     
  16. Cerberus_Kelpie

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    Maybe the driver is used to the Northeast where all the Height signs are wrong and there is enough clearance, much to the chagrin of those that believe such.

    At least the driver received some notoriety for something in Trucking.:biglaugh:
     

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