Trucker faces trial for hitting overp...

Trucker faces trial for hitting overpass, killing car driver

There are 35 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 10, 2009, titled Trucker faces trial for hitting overpass, killing car driver. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The crash scene under the Fullerton Avenue overpass on Route 22 on Nov. 18, 2008.

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Macungie, PA

#21 Aug 10, 2009
R from Allentown wrote:
Then again, had the lady not been following so closely, she would have had time to avoid the container. If the trucker was at fault, then she shares in an equal amount of the blame.
IGNORANT! How can you possibly come up with that?
cat kid

Bethlehem, PA

#22 Aug 10, 2009
Ask Alice wrote:
And so are the passenger vehicle drivers who cut them off, ride their bumpers and race them. All drivers are idiots even I am at times.
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i have to agree with you on that one, i am not the best of drivers at all times, however i know that many truckers have the attitude that they own the road because of their size. this is a total disregard for the safety and well being of everyone on the road. i have driven big trucks and large trailers, and when i did drive those vehicles, i felt because of my size and the added stopping distance that is required of larger vehicles, i made sure i gave extra space and was more courteous than i am in my regular car. i dont envy these drivers in the least, i feel that it does get frustrating how every four wheel vehicle cuts in front of them, however they are getting paid to drive and they claim to be professional, they should act it.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Sellersville, PA

#23 Aug 10, 2009
The sad part about this whole thing is that two bits of information which were readily available would have prevented this.

ALL bridge hieghts are available to all trucking companies. This simply isn't rocket science for them.

And the height of the trailer is a known factor as well.

If something would've broke (an axel or tire blowout), bad road conditions or weather, this guy could be held harmless and this death ruled accidental.

But no, he admitted he didn't know the height of his rig. Wrong answer. His depo would have that info and if they did they could have cross referenced this and said - take 78 East instead.

Slip shod work on the driver's and the depo's part. This was preventable.
Penndot to blame

Slatington, PA

#24 Aug 10, 2009
Anyone ever consider that this WAS NOT the first time this has happened. I was raised in a family with alot of truck drivers and 99% of the accidents are due to 4-wheelers (aka cars) out on the road who dont understand yes tractor trailors have 18 wheels but they dont have 18 breaks!! so maybe you should all be a little more careful out on the road instead of driving like idiots.
Blumpkin

Emmaus, PA

#25 Aug 10, 2009
About time. These truckers drive like jerks. Make an example out of this a$$ clown!
Bryan 3620

Northampton, PA

#26 Aug 10, 2009
Penndot to blame wrote:
Anyone ever consider that this WAS NOT the first time this has happened. I was raised in a family with alot of truck drivers and 99% of the accidents are due to 4-wheelers (aka cars) out on the road who dont understand yes tractor trailors have 18 wheels but they dont have 18 breaks!! so maybe you should all be a little more careful out on the road instead of driving like idiots.
Hey, fruit cake!
The 18 wheeler guy tried to go under a bridge that wasn't high enough for his load...He should know the size of his load, or, he shouldn't be driving.
The person that is now DEAD was just driving on the roadway doing NOTHING wrong!
Drink another...and let me drink 13 just to catch up to you.
Please continue.
I would love to hear you respond to this comment when you didn't even read the article.
Game on!
Steve

Pennsburg, PA

#27 Aug 10, 2009
Sad story
Barbara Booey

Albany, NY

#28 Aug 10, 2009
I thought the article(s) around the time this happened said the load started somewhere locally, and he came down Rt. 145 from the north, and headed east on Rt. 22. No?
Barbara Booey

Albany, NY

#29 Aug 10, 2009
"Kostadinov, a driver for Indiana-based hauling company Vidov" -- sounds like a bunch of Russians. Nyet?

“Trying to do the best I can.”

Since: Jul 07

Lehigh Valley, PA

#30 Aug 11, 2009
I don't remember that article, but if this guy got on at 145 I can't imagine he would be able to pick up enough speed in those few hundred yards to do that much damage when he hit that bridge... Especially in a big truck?!?!
Barbara Booey wrote:
I thought the article(s) around the time this happened said the load started somewhere locally, and he came down Rt. 145 from the north, and headed east on Rt. 22. No?
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Korea

#31 Aug 11, 2009
Regrettably tragic, but solution is standard bridge heights in the United States or at least on Interstate and Federal Highways. If that cannot be accomplished on US22 for some portions, then reroute to I-78 and ban trucks.

However, the guy is a moron for not knowing his maximum height of his load.

This is not first time. I remember a car carrier getting wedge under bridge at Trexlertown with a whole new load of new cars.

I would loved to see Fullertown exit closed on US22 and a new MacArthur interchange built that meets modern day safety, along with overpass bridges that meet modern highway standards.

As for that goof Bruce Davis who wants to lobby for $1 billion to improve US22. Not going to happen. The US doesn't build interstates to throw new money at 50 year old highways. The future of the Lehigh Valley is continued improvement and lane expansion of I-78 so get used to it Macungies, Saucons and Williams Township.

The Feds are more than willing to pump $2 billion into that but less than $200 million into US22. In the eyes of US DOT, US22 is your local road now. Kiss your real estate investments as is along LVIP. There will be no enhancements of significance other than shoulder improvements, acceleration and deceleration lanes, some exit eliminations and an occassional bridge improvement.
Oh Snap

Milford, PA

#32 Aug 11, 2009
Barbara Booey wrote:
"Kostadinov, a driver for Indiana-based hauling company Vidov" -- sounds like a bunch of Russians. Nyet?
Sure does.
Gary

Schnecksville, PA

#33 Aug 11, 2009
Allen 85 Alum wrote:
He should face charges, but I think his employer should be sitting next to him at the defense table. Although nothing that happens now will bring her back, but if they hold them both responsible may be just may be the operators will take a closer look and these trucking companies might think twice about pressuring their drivers into bad decissions preventing further tragedies.
That's true, he was probably driving under a ridiculous schedule.
I'm sure they'll pay in a civil lawsuit.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Sellersville, PA

#34 Aug 11, 2009
Penndot to blame wrote:
Anyone ever consider that this WAS NOT the first time this has happened. I was raised in a family with alot of truck drivers and 99% of the accidents are due to 4-wheelers (aka cars) out on the road who dont understand yes tractor trailors have 18 wheels but they dont have 18 breaks!! so maybe you should all be a little more careful out on the road instead of driving like idiots.
Yo, clueless. IN THIS INSTANCE, which is all we're talking about, THIS 1%, as you will call it, was caused by the trucker not knowing the height of his load and the bridge heights on his route.

And, I happen to work the management side of logistics, wrecks caused by meathead truckers are far greater and far more fatal than you think.

The bottom line is this. The driver and the dispatcher didn't do their jobs on this. If they would have, this gal would be alive today.

I know the stats and how I have to rake guys like this over the coals for doing stupid stuff. I tell them "make sure your load is secure", "know your bridge heights", "know traffic patterns and speed limits" and so on... If he worked for the company I work for, he and the dispatcher would be under suspension pending investigation. I wouldn't let carelessness ruin my company or my job.

This really isn't a debate. The moment the guy said, "I didn't know the height of my load" he was cooked and so is the dispatcher.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Sellersville, PA

#35 Aug 11, 2009
Comment - yup... look at old route 22 and see how much attention that road gets.

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