East Beltline closed after fatal acci...

East Beltline closed after fatal accident

There are 51 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Feb 14, 2008, titled East Beltline closed after fatal accident. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

" Police have closed the southbound lanes of the East Beltline following a fatal traffic accident.

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Cori

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 14, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to this family on their loss of thier loved one and to the semi driver as he is going and is going through a lot of emotional trauma as well.

This is so sad and hits close to home as my husband worked with the semidriver and is friends with him and this was my husbands route 6 months ago until he took a different job. So this hits close to home.

Also please keep your thoughts and prayers with both of these familys.
Laura

Coopersville, MI

#2 Feb 14, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and the truck driver and his family. This is a tragic incident and one I fear when the roads become icy and cars/trucks pull out in front of you. I pray that all involved find healing.
Bella

United States

#3 Feb 14, 2008
Wow...I'm speechless. That is just horrible. I couldn't imagine being on either side of the situation...
Ruth

Hudsonville, MI

#4 Feb 14, 2008
My heart goes out to both families involved.This is a sad situation, I'm saying a prayer for both sides.
Cheri

Broomfield, CO

#5 Feb 14, 2008
These semi drivers always pull out in front of people, they assume you can slow down for them. They think they own the road and stories like this make me SICK.
Cork

Caledonia, MI

#6 Feb 14, 2008
Cheri wrote:
These semi drivers always pull out in front of people, they assume you can slow down for them. They think they own the road and stories like this make me SICK.
It sure as heck isn't just semi drivers, and as a matter of fact, I find they do it WAY less than your average yo-yo regular vehicle driver. I don't know how many people I've had pull out in front of me over the last few weeks with all this nasty weather, and there wasn't a soul behind me for as far as I could see in the mirror! Now, that is one of my biggest pet peeves of all time.
Chaz

United States

#7 Feb 14, 2008
Terrible day for death.

Happy Valentines to all.
Sad

Grand Haven, MI

#8 Feb 14, 2008
Cori wrote:
My thoughts and prayers go out to this family on their loss of thier loved one and to the semi driver as he is going and is going through a lot of emotional trauma as well.
This is so sad and hits close to home as my husband worked with the semidriver and is friends with him and this was my husbands route 6 months ago until he took a different job. So this hits close to home.
Also please keep your thoughts and prayers with both of these familys.
Yes a "lost/lost." You never know when God is ready to take you and who else will be involved. It is all HIS Plan, not ours.
God Bless
Karen

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Feb 14, 2008
Speed is always a major factor. The majority of Michigan drivers drive 15 to 20 miles over the speed limit. People need to think while thier driving!!!!

Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#10 Feb 14, 2008
Cork wrote:
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It sure as heck isn't just semi drivers, and as a matter of fact, I find they do it WAY less than your average yo-yo regular vehicle driver. I don't know how many people I've had pull out in front of me over the last few weeks with all this nasty weather, and there wasn't a soul behind me for as far as I could see in the mirror! Now, that is one of my biggest pet peeves of all time.
I agree! That, and people are so darn busy on their cell phones or texting, that they are not paying attention!
julie grand raids

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Feb 14, 2008
Cheri
On behalf of the tens of thousands of excellent semi drivers - you are ignorant!
Accidents happen everyday. My husband is a 35 year veteran semi driver with a spotless record. He doesn’t think he owns the road but he is a professional driver. Your blanket statement regarding all semi drivers is like saying all women drivers are bad.
My heart and prayers to both families.
Robb

Bountiful, UT

#12 Feb 14, 2008
As a truck driver myself, I find that people are always pulling out in front of ME! Some think because I have 18 wheels, I can stop faster then a regular car/pick-up truck. Same thing goes for when they change lanes, they don't care I'm next to them when they want to change lanes, they just do it. The Federal Motor Carrier has come out with a new program called TACT, Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks. They need to use this more around here- I feel that speed was a MAJOR factor in this crash. I am sure the driver was distracted too prior to the crash if they could not stop in time... Driving too fast for road conditions? Anyways, thoughts and prays are with the family. God bless!

“Common sense RULES ”

Since: Sep 07

West Michigan

#13 Feb 14, 2008
Cheri wrote:
These semi drivers always pull out in front of people, they assume you can slow down for them. They think they own the road and stories like this make me SICK.
Yeah sure they do, I trust them more than I would trust the everyday driver out there with their tiny cars. Drivers have too many distractions at their disposal and don't very often pay attention to their 3000 pound killing machines.

I'm not saying this is the case, just a reference. A tragic accident for everyone involved.
Lisa

Lansing, MI

#14 Feb 14, 2008
There are rude drivers who drive semi-trucks, hummers, and tiny VW's. We tend to notice the few semi truck drivers because they are so noticible. I notice manyu more polite and considerate semi truck drivers all of the time. The problem on icy roads is that yes it takes a longer time to stop- but it also takes a longer time to start. Making a turn on slippery roads does not get you around the curve as fast as you can be used to doing it. This is a tragidy that will leave a horribly strong and difficult mark on all of the people involved. We need to learn from these things to help stop them from reaccuring.
Cori

Denver, CO

#15 Feb 14, 2008
Cheri
You are the one so wrong and ignorant. These truck drivers are professional drivers and have to watch out for them selves and others on the road. So until you get in a semi truck and see all the stupid things other "non" professional drivers do. Do not judge our truckers. It's them that put food on our tables and other items in our home. Be more thankful for these truck drivers and what they bring to you. This was an unfornate accident. But just remember these trucks can't stop on a dime like other drivers think they can they are big and haul heavy frieght. Think about the poundage they have behind them.

Just think about it.
BLM

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Feb 14, 2008
I am amased how you people go on and on and don't think about what you are saying. I am with Sad, God has his plan and there is nothing you can do. Some of you on hear need to take a look at yourself and wonder why you leave such cold messages and go on and on like gossip. God Bless you!!
Shocked

Britton, MI

#17 Feb 14, 2008
Cheri wrote:
These semi drivers always pull out in front of people, they assume you can slow down for them. They think they own the road and stories like this make me SICK.
I can't believe someone could say something so cruel at a time like this. If you ever happen to be in an accident, God help you that you are not responsible.

Since: Jul 07

Key West

#18 Feb 14, 2008
From the GR Press..........

The man was driving south on East Beltline, near Knapp Street, as the truck driver attempted to enter the Knapp's Corner Meijer store, Sgt. Mark Mathis said.

The semi, delivering beer and wine to Meijer, was crossing the southbound lanes when the car slammed into the underside of the trailer and came out the other side, police said.

The impact ripped the roof off the car. The driver, whose name was not released, was dead at the scene, Mathis said.

The traffic signal at the Meijer entrance was blinking yellow for southbound traffic and blinking red for the semi, said Officer Al Noles, who is investigating the crash. The truck driver said he believed he had time to cross, Noles said.
MBGR

Chesterfield, MO

#19 Feb 14, 2008
BLM wrote:
I am amased how you people go on and on and don't think about what you are saying. I am with Sad, God has his plan and there is nothing you can do. Some of you on hear need to take a look at yourself and wonder why you leave such cold messages and go on and on like gossip. God Bless you!!
Get over yourself. God has nothing to do with it. According to the reporter the truck driver was turning on a flasing red which means if he waits for a green he has a better chance of clearing the intersection before oncoming traffic can run under the trailer. The driver in the car had the option of looking ahead and recognizing the hazard and slowing down. Both drivers tragically choose to ignore their contribution to this preventble event and failed to act properly. FLame away but you know I'm right.
baby girl

AOL

#20 Feb 14, 2008
I agree with this it is not just truck drivers everyone does this and pulls out I think cars do it far more because they think they have time to go but trucks can't stop that fast I am sure the truck driver feels very guilty he will probably never forget this for his lifetime. So people should just lighten up and slow down everywhere is life so bad that we need to race everywhere we go slow down and enjoy everyday like it is the last you will have.
julie grand raids wrote:
Cheri
On behalf of the tens of thousands of excellent semi drivers - you are ignorant!
Accidents happen everyday. My husband is a 35 year veteran semi driver with a spotless record. He doesn’t think he owns the road but he is a professional driver. Your blanket statement regarding all semi drivers is like saying all women drivers are bad.
My heart and prayers to both families.

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