Brakeless big rig crashes on I-5

Brakeless big rig crashes on I-5

There are 15 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jul 3, 2010, titled Brakeless big rig crashes on I-5. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Authorities say a big rig truck that apparently lost its brakes hit speeds of up to 85 miles an hour before crashing and catching fire on the northbound 5 Freeway near the Los Angeles-Kern county line.

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Large marge

North Hollywood, CA

#1 Jul 3, 2010
Stop it your killing me give me a brake..
Phil

Ontario, CA

#2 Jul 3, 2010
Taking a loaded truck down the Grapevine will really clench your sphincter unless the tractor has a very good engine brake. If it does not exercise great care and be ready to pull over if you see even a hint of brake smoke.
MM stuck in LA

Glendale, CA

#3 Jul 3, 2010
Go down the hill in the same gear you went up in. I was taught that rule of thumb many years ago.
Glad no one was hurt seriously, this could have been waaaaaaay worse if there were heavy traffic on the downgrade.
I was also curious to know if the driver was aware of the emergency truck ramp on the northbound side near the bottom of the hill.......
Truth USA

Riverside, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2010
Hey, everybody, did anyones gets Beheaded?

That was my major at the Wally Thorpe School of Trucking & Badd English.
never when you need one

Long Beach, CA

#5 Jul 3, 2010
ever notice that there is never a good runaway-truck lane when you need one.

ever see a runaway-truck lane with an "Out of Order" sign? just keep on rolling out of control, this pit needs more sand"
Red Neck Billy Joe

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#6 Jul 4, 2010
This is what you get when you allow Mexicans trucks in USA
Rich

La Puente, CA

#7 Jul 4, 2010
These truckers can barely afford gas, much less new brakes and tires. We were recently victims of a truck tire blowing out on the 210 Freeway...we almost lost control of our car and suffered some major body damage.

Expect more of these types of incidents as the economy continues to collapse.
dontbefooled

Downey, CA

#8 Jul 4, 2010
There used to be a time, when all vehicles (all means ALL) were subject to an annual safety inspection: tires, brakes, lights, wipers.
Some lawyers claimed that that was discriminatory and unconstitutional. The lawyers made a lot of money and we don't have inspections.
I'm only amazed that we don't have an accident like this every day.

BTW, other states still do inspect. I guess it's nondiscriminatory and constitutional in those states.
davidozone

Foothill Ranch, CA

#9 Jul 4, 2010
To post #3 no he did not know about the emergency truck ramp because he and the truck are registered in Mexico,with the new law granting them roadways here,costing americans potential jobs,this is what we can expect with our open border policy.Unsafe rigs and drivers,But hey NAFTA is happy.We are now seeing the effects of it.The newspaper intentionaly whitholds these facts as they are in cahoots with the fedreal goverment.
Charles Gary Gray

San Diego, CA

#10 Jul 4, 2010
I read your article regarding the closure of water wells within the SF valley area. You mentioned the toxic componenet chromium, and the use particularly by aero space technology.
Well, my sister had worked for JPL for 44 years, and now she is
literally, fighting for her life. She was diagnosed with A Plastic Anemia, a deteriating bone marrow condtion, normally from Gases, toxic exposure.
Has anyone heard of any group discussions, regarding these findings? I would like to know more for my sisiter's sake,Mahalo Nui from Maui Hawaii,
Charles Gary Gray
Truth Detector

Murrieta, CA

#11 Jul 4, 2010
Red Neck Billy Joe wrote:
This is what you get when you allow Mexicans trucks in USA
True
Truth

United States

#13 Jul 4, 2010
Red Neck Billy Joe wrote:
This is what you get when you allow Mexicans trucks in USA
How do you know it was a Mexican Truck? Were you there?
Phil

Ontario, CA

#14 Jul 4, 2010
dontbefooled wrote:
There used to be a time, when all vehicles (all means ALL) were subject to an annual safety inspection: tires, brakes, lights, wipers.
Some lawyers claimed that that was discriminatory and unconstitutional. The lawyers made a lot of money and we don't have inspections.
I'm only amazed that we don't have an accident like this every day.
BTW, other states still do inspect. I guess it's nondiscriminatory and constitutional in those states.
I guarantee the instant it is proposed that California institute mandatory annual vehicle safety inspections for private cars and trucks, our buddy Bureaucratic Management and the whole host of Daily News libertarian sour pusses would be barking about the proposed law being nothing more than a means to "steal" more money, "government over-reach", and, horror of horror, "socialism". The tea party types would be foaming at the mouth. We want minimum regulation of everything, that's the party line, isn't it.
The CHP inspects California based trucks each year at their terminals, but out of state trucks are not inspected except for the random inspections at the scales.
I was told by a CHP inspector at the Wheeler Ridge inspection station they have a truck hitting the sand traps about once a week. This one was a little more exciting because another car was hit and there was a fire and fuel spill. Brake fires are pretty common too.
Phil

Ontario, CA

#15 Jul 4, 2010
MM stuck in LA wrote:
Go down the hill in the same gear you went up in. I was taught that rule of thumb many years ago.
Glad no one was hurt seriously, this could have been waaaaaaay worse if there were heavy traffic on the downgrade.
I was also curious to know if the driver was aware of the emergency truck ramp on the northbound side near the bottom of the hill.......
Not that hill. If the truck has a weak engine brake you better go down in a lower gear and be very very patient. I have had to descend that grade at 15 mph because the dispatcher would not give me a truck with an engine brake, so I'v taken loaded tankers down the hill on wheel brakes alone, stopping half way down for a half hour to let the brakes cool. Only once was I dispatched in a truck with a sufficiently powerful engine brake that I didn't need to use the brakes descending that grade. I dislike that grade very much.
Btw, there are at least three emergency ramps for trucks on that hill, situated on both sides of the roadway. The grade going southbound down into Castaic can bite you too if you don't take it nice and slow. What often happens is the dispatcher is calling you every five minutes demanding to know when you will have the load at it's destination because the customer is on the phone yelling at him, so the driver gets excited and hurries.
Truth

Salt Lake City, UT

#16 Jul 6, 2010
Phil wrote:
<quoted text>
I guarantee the instant it is proposed that California institute mandatory annual vehicle safety inspections for private cars and trucks, our buddy Bureaucratic Management and the whole host of Daily News libertarian sour pusses would be barking about the proposed law being nothing more than a means to "steal" more money, "government over-reach", and, horror of horror, "socialism". The tea party types would be foaming at the mouth. We want minimum regulation of everything, that's the party line, isn't it.
The CHP inspects California based trucks each year at their terminals, but out of state trucks are not inspected except for the random inspections at the scales.
I was told by a CHP inspector at the Wheeler Ridge inspection station they have a truck hitting the sand traps about once a week. This one was a little more exciting because another car was hit and there was a fire and fuel spill. Brake fires are pretty common too.
All California Terminal Based trucks have to do a mandatory BIT Inspection every 90 days which covers everything from front to back, top to bottom. The driver who lost his brakes couldn't even speak English which is a violation of the Federal Laws for issuing and holding a Commercial Driver's License. You have to know how to read, speak and understand English to drive a Commercial Vehicle. Obviously he obtained his license in a seedy East L.A. Truck Driving School.

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