Waseca teen killed by landscape block that fell off truck

There are 24 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 4, 2010, titled Waseca teen killed by landscape block that fell off truck. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A 17-year-old boy was killed when a landscape block fell off a truck and crashed through the windshield of a van in Steele County.

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Don Shelby

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Aug 5, 2010
Commercial Trucker wrote:
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Be sure to focus your thoughts on those that cause the problems. Being in the trucking industry for the last 25 years, and driving for 10 of those years, I have seen many things on the highways. My personal opinion is that most of the problems are caused by people that are not professional working drivers, but weekend warrier - do it my self homeowners.
I have seen loads not properly secured from bricks, lumber, equipment, furniture, etc and 95% of the time it is not a professional working driver. Trailers that are draggin on the ground because of being overweight is a common practice too by do it yourselfers.
Commerical drivers have laws and regulations that they have to follow and can be monetarily penalized, as well as shut down if they don't follow those rules. I agree with you, that if the driver was guilty of not securing his load properly, he should be charged with what ever the law will allow.
Almost no loads leaving road construction sites have tarps pulled over the sand/gravel/dirt/ground up concrete, and as it sandblasts your car and paint, you sit there and wonder where enforcement is to make them cover their loads. They are professional drivers, and they make the number a lot less than 95%. I might agree with you that 95% of professional drivers do the right thing, but I am tired of that 5% that send continuous gravel showers down the interstate highway......
Be Realistic

Eau Claire, WI

#30 Aug 6, 2010
Nobama1980 wrote:
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Every tire that Ive seen on a semi trailer that is flat makes the trailer wobble. How can that not be felt? Cant you still drive for a while when the inside tire blows? In my mind, with no expirience driving a semi, the driver is on a paid schedule and doesnt want to spend his time with a repair if he can still get to his destinantion. A paid schedule that often results in lack of attention securing his load. Being a driver wouldnt you agree there are a lot of yahoos out there who just care about getting from point A to point B?
If the trailer is wobbling you will feel it, most flats will not make a trailer loaded with 40,000 wobble. You can still drive on a blown tire, but run the risk of it causing further damage to the trailer, or others. Some drivers are paid by route, others hourly, a majority of commercial drivers are polite and do a good job. There are yahoos out there, just like there are in any other job, or even the motoring public.

Again, I suggest you ride with a driver for one day, amd I think your questions would be answered and you may feel differently.

By the way, the driver in this story, is one of the 5% of idiots. If he got a citation last year for not securing a load and did the same thing again, he needs his license pulled and live up to any legal action that comes his way.
Be Realistic

Eau Claire, WI

#31 Aug 6, 2010
Don Shelby wrote:
<quoted text>Almost no loads leaving road construction sites have tarps pulled over the sand/gravel/dirt/ground up concrete, and as it sandblasts your car and paint, you sit there and wonder where enforcement is to make them cover their loads. They are professional drivers, and they make the number a lot less than 95%. I might agree with you that 95% of professional drivers do the right thing, but I am tired of that 5% that send continuous gravel showers down the interstate highway......
I am not famliar with construction regulations and dump trucks, sorry. Go to the FMCSA(Federal Motor Carrier Safety ADmin) website and you can look up the regulations.
Waseca Mom

Owatonna, MN

#32 Jan 11, 2012
For those that believe this driver is a 'weekend warrior'...you may or may not be correct. I do know that the same driver was sited the year before this horrible accident for the EXACT same thing! Why does he still have a license?
My dad drove truck for almost 40 years and always tripled checked things to make sure they were secure. He told me he did this because he wouldn't want to lose his only child, therefore, he wouldn't want anyone else to lose a loved one.
Every time we stopped, he would check again-we need more like him in this world.
To this day, this child's family is grieving and hurting for the life that was so prematurely taken away.

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