Driver dies after impaled by metal ro...

Driver dies after impaled by metal rod on I-580 in Livermore

There are 8 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from May 22, 2013, titled Driver dies after impaled by metal rod on I-580 in Livermore. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

A man in his 40s was killed Wednesday morning on westbound Interstate 580 after a metal rod burst through his windshield and impaled him in his drivers seat, authorities said.

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SPINGTOWN

Livermore, CA

#1 May 22, 2013
Well, it's good to see Pasadena is on top of Livermore news.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#2 May 22, 2013
This is so scary. No matter how safe, or how much you practice defensive driving, you can't avoid this. I hope this is a lesson for people to strap down their stuff.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#3 Jun 13, 2013
Its unfortunate nobody seems to have seen the truck lose this tie-down equipment. That is criminal negligence and the operator and owner of the truck need to be held accountable for this death. Imagine this poor sap's family and how they are suffering, all because some lazy teamster couldn't be bothered to do his job properly.

Big rigs are the number one factor in accidents on this stretch of 580 - it is a diesel killing field, and they also are directly responsible for most of the congestion during commute hours as well. Even more galling, they are also nearly the sole cause of road damage, with their harshly suspended, overweight loads that crack open the soft road surfaces, creating deformations and fractures that turn smooth pavement into a hazardous, unsightly, bumpy ride for everyone, and cost us a fortune to repair and replace.

Unfortunately this ceaseless abuse from the trucking lobby is unlikely to stop anytime soon, since they buy up legislators like you or I would buy a Snickers bar.

It is just so sad that innocent people have to die at the hands of this curse on our roadways.

I wish his family the best and hope they get some peace and justice someday.
blessed4

San Jose, CA

#4 Jun 14, 2013
The Real Anon wrote:
Its unfortunate nobody seems to have seen the truck lose this tie-down equipment. That is criminal negligence and the operator and owner of the truck need to be held accountable for this death. Imagine this poor sap's family and how they are suffering, all because some lazy teamster couldn't be bothered to do his job properly.

Big rigs are the number one factor in accidents on this stretch of 580 - it is a diesel killing field, and they also are directly responsible for most of the congestion during commute hours as well. Even more galling, they are also nearly the sole cause of road damage, with their harshly suspended, overweight loads that crack open the soft road surfaces, creating deformations and fractures that turn smooth pavement into a hazardous, unsightly, bumpy ride for everyone, and cost us a fortune to repair and replace.

Unfortunately this ceaseless abuse from the trucking lobby is unlikely to stop anytime soon, since they buy up legislators like you or I would buy a Snickers bar.

It is just so sad that innocent people have to die at the hands of this curse on our roadways.

I wish his family the best and hope they get some peace and justice someday.
I'm very sorry for this families loss as well, it was a terrible tragedy.

I don't want to turn this into a big debate, but you are listing all the bad that comes with big rigs on the road. What about, the transportation of machinery, food, clothes, hospital equipment etc. etc. that wouldn't otherwise get delivered if it wasn't for these trucks. Truck drivers should be more careful, check their trucks, double check their loads and watch there driving. Those that are driving down the roads, cutting traffic, speeding, using cell phones, cutting in front if big rigs, expecting them to stop in a dime, are just as hazardous. I'm in no way saying that the gentleman that was just killed was in the wrong in any way. I'm saying that without trucks and the good ok' truck drivers we wouldn't get the items transported to their various locations. EVERYONE JUST BE SAFE.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#5 Jun 15, 2013
The Real Anon wrote:
Its unfortunate nobody seems to have seen the truck lose this tie-down equipment. That is criminal negligence and the operator and owner of the truck need to be held accountable for this death. Imagine this poor sap's family and how they are suffering, all because some lazy teamster couldn't be bothered to do his job properly.

Big rigs are the number one factor in accidents on this stretch of 580 - it is a diesel killing field, and they also are directly responsible for most of the congestion during commute hours as well. Even more galling, they are also nearly the sole cause of road damage, with their harshly suspended, overweight loads that crack open the soft road surfaces, creating deformations and fractures that turn smooth pavement into a hazardous, unsightly, bumpy ride for everyone, and cost us a fortune to repair and replace.

Unfortunately this ceaseless abuse from the trucking lobby is unlikely to stop anytime soon, since they buy up legislators like you or I would buy a Snickers bar.

It is just so sad that innocent people have to die at the hands of this curse on our roadways.

I wish his family the best and hope they get some peace and justice someday.
Nobody saw what truck this came from. How do we know it was some lazy teamster, and not some DIY'er with a rented Home Depot pick up truck that didn't know how to properly secure a load? It could've been you, or me, or anyone.
Xyzzy

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Jun 19, 2013
I've driven 580 over the Altamont Pass and CalTrans should be ashamed. With all the bumps and potholes, that metal rod probably just shook right off. Hwy 17 over to Santa Cruz is in much better shape, and we only get a fraction if the 580 traffic. Where are the road repairs?

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#7 Jun 24, 2013
blessed4 wrote:
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I'm very sorry for this families loss as well, it was a terrible tragedy.
I don't want to turn this into a big debate, but you are listing all the bad that comes with big rigs on the road. What about, the transportation of machinery, food, clothes, hospital equipment etc. etc. that wouldn't otherwise get delivered if it wasn't for these trucks. Truck drivers should be more careful, check their trucks, double check their loads and watch there driving. Those that are driving down the roads, cutting traffic, speeding, using cell phones, cutting in front if big rigs, expecting them to stop in a dime, are just as hazardous. I'm in no way saying that the gentleman that was just killed was in the wrong in any way. I'm saying that without trucks and the good ok' truck drivers we wouldn't get the items transported to their various locations. EVERYONE JUST BE SAFE.
I'm not suggesting that trucks aren't important components of transportation infrastructure, but as we move into an even more over-populated, congested scenario in the Bay Area, we should think of ways to reduce the deleterious effects of truck traffic.

One good way to start would be to ban 18-wheelers on highways during commute hours. But try getting that past the truckers lobbies that own our politicians.

They cause most of the accidents, or are involved in them, even if they are not actually cited as the cause, you can bet they are probably the root cause. They take up way too much room, can't maneuver in a safe fashion (their capabilities pertaining to braking, acceleration, and lane changes/obstacle avoidance are all woefully poor, and the public hazard comes from the disastrous mix of these vehicle dynamics on the same road at the same time. The sheer size, weight and momentum of these behemoth vehicles is directly responsible for the aforementioned poor performance and danger. They are intrinsically a hazard to passenger cars. The fact that they are also frequently ejecting debris and vehicle components onto the roadway is another factor.)

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Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#8 Jul 23, 2013
Remembering a news story. Fella was impaled to his seat by a tie rod that slipped off a truck. medics took him and the car seat to the ER. Amazingly he lived. No vital organs were pierced.

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