Experts: Crashes a coincidence

Experts: Crashes a coincidence

There are 13 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 27, 2007, titled Experts: Crashes a coincidence. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A stretch of the Indiana Toll Road where 20 people have died in four accidents since August 2005 -- including eight on Thursday -- is no more dangerous than any other part of the 157-mile long highway, state ...

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Paco

Lexington, KY

#1 Apr 27, 2007
Well heck if they are experts.......
Scooter57

United States

#2 Apr 27, 2007
Nothing wrong with the road. Nothing wrong with the vehicles. The problems lie with a some members of a profession that just don't belong.
David

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Apr 27, 2007
There must be something about this stretch of highway that is different than the rest. With all of these people being killed in one section of the highway, (construction zone) it would make sense that something is definetly different to cause these problems. Better get the experts in there to figure it out before another catastrophy.
i know

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Apr 27, 2007
send B. Patrick Bauer. He'll blame Mitch Daniels.
andy

Lancaster, NY

#5 Apr 27, 2007
if all these accidents happen because of construction zone, why don't they just finish the construction. I mean, three years? Sounds like someone's making good money stretching out this public service job.
Deadeye

Elkhart, IN

#6 Apr 27, 2007
Jimmy Hoffa is buried in the concrete supports under the toll road bridge, over the St. Joseph river, at Bristol. This little known factoid was revealed to me by a short fat guy with a very bad hair piece, who claimed to be from South Bend.
ROGER B

AOL

#7 Apr 27, 2007
I have a friend who is a career semi driver who is in his early 60's; Been driving over 40 years. He has driven this toll road area many times. He told me that he would bet anything that this driver, responsible for the deaths, was either talking on a cell phone, typing on a hand held device to communicate with his dispatcher, or asleep. He went on to say that compared to a few years ago when drivers would pull into a truck stop to communicate on a land base phone, most are doing so in their vehicles now, or trying to type on that hand held device while driving. This guy can't wait to retire. He said there will definitely be more of this unless there is a serious crackdown by laws enacted and enforced.
tamara jenkins

United States

#8 Apr 27, 2007
sounds like bs to me....
Crew Chief

Dayton, OH

#9 Apr 27, 2007
Roger, as a ten-year veteran of trucking, I see my fellow truckers on cell phones, using satellite dispatch communications or even laptops perched on top of the truck's steering wheel... Just like ANY construction zone, there were signs posted in advance and any driver should take that as a warning to be ready for stopped traffic, ESPECIALLY we professional drivers. It appears that this driver was distracted by something and didn't react to what should've been ample warning of the backup. He deserves to be hammered, IMO.
John

United States

#10 Apr 27, 2007
The fact that semis were involved with both fatalities is no coincidence. Many truckers drive with total disregard for everyone on the highways. It doesn't matter what highway you are on, or what state you are in, you see the same wild driving by truckers. Most trucks are stopped by the DOT and are cited for safety or weight violations.
Something needs to be done about the speeding & wreckless driving by the truckers. They all blame car drivers.
Big Jake

United States

#11 Apr 27, 2007
This is an everyday occurance in the U.S. All I know is when I get hit I probably won't feel a thing. Too bad no training is required to be a truck driver. Its two thousand hours to be a hairdresser or barber but 10 days in a CDL school makes you a pro.
Dave

Marysville, OH

#12 Apr 27, 2007
It's too bad that they can't enforce the speeding issue that continues to plague the interstates and toll roads .
These guys are suppose to be profesional , there is nothing professional about ignoring the speed laws and not paying attention to what your doing ,and whats going on ..
Sherry

Ann Arbor, MI

#13 Apr 28, 2007
My only child was killed July 6, 2006 just outside the Terre Haute border. We were stopped in traffic when we were rearended by a semi truck. She died 3 hours later. She was only 15 years old. The reason traffic was stopped was because a semi driver had fallen alseep up the road. Logged for 19 hours and coming down off drugs. He has had many violations in his life time. In fact he is back in prison on a parole violation. More then 5,000 people are killed every year from semi accidents, mainly the people in the passenger vehicle are the victims. There are over 114,000 injuries every year. My daughter died from massive brain injury. There are many drivers that do not belong on these freeways. We recently attend a Sorrow to Strength Conference in Washington, D.C. headed by The Truck Safety Coalition. We spoke with Senators and Congressman. Many were concerned, some were not. The Department of Transportation does not feel there are problems. Not many citizens are aware but there is a pilot program in the works for 2008, allowing deconciled semis drivers from Mexico to roam our freeways. Many of these drivers cannot speak English let alone read. Semi accidents are not isolated incedents. They happen everyday, they just don't make national news, only local. People need to write their reps and tell them they want change.

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