Interstate 81 Accident

Interstate 81 Accident

There are 48 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 10, 2011, titled Interstate 81 Accident. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

An accident tangled traffic on Interstate 81 in Augusta County Thursday afternoon and sent at least one person to the hospital in a helicopter.

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sturmgeist

Waynesboro, VA

#21 Feb 11, 2011
Just another daily driver wrote:
You got to hand it to those trucks and the damage they cause when they do a No No on the roadways. Way too big for cars to mix with safely. Lets hear it for the rail service for long haul shipments and smaller box trucks to get the shipment to the end user. Rail roads may not be cost effective way now but as quanity picks up this should get better.
Whine,whine,whine. A lot of wrecks involvling trucks are usually caused by IDIOTS in CARS. Who cut them off, cut in front and slow down and all kinds of other nonsense. So don't think it's always the truckers fault because its NOT. I am sure you people who are doing the most fussing have made mistakes in their life that has caused a problem. I know you're not angels or have a halo. People make mistakes.
Railroads will not work because you would have to have a spur to every store and this would mean more crossings over roads,backed up traffic and etc. Are you people idiots? It will never happen. If not for trucks you would not have food, cars, clothes or anything you use in a days time. Everything is hauled in trucks and o should be happy that they do. So quit b****** and get over it, trucks are here to stay. "THANK GOD FOR TRUCKERS, KEEP ON TRUCKING"
scene enough

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Feb 11, 2011
Although I think I would have said it nicer, I do agree with Sturmgeist. Most of the time it is a car who caused the problem in the first place. It's just that when a tractor trailor is involved, it is usually a newsworthy event.

My dad is a ( retired ) trucker for 30 plus years and he was in 3 wrecks. ALL 3 were caused by cars cutting him off. I have worked more than one wreck ( as a rescue squad member) involving tractor trailors and most ( not 100%) were caused by the driver of the car.

If tractor trailor drivers are driving wrecklessly, CALL THE NUMBER ON THE BACK END OF THE TRAILOR!!!! If there isn't one, then get on the website for that company and DO something. The company can't fix it if they don't know about it!!

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#23 Feb 11, 2011
County Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you a truck driver? Where are these weigh stations? Every one I pass on the highway is closed.
I am not a daily truck truck driver, I do have a company tractor and a couple trailers it pulls(equipment trailer and large dump). Myself and 2 of the guys working for me do have Class A CDLs.
Depends where you travel as to what you run into. I'm normally running fairly local, so my main inspections have been by APDs mobile units. Weigh stations operation hours are sporadic as all get out now due to the cut in staffing. The state doesn't seen to see it as a priority apparently.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#24 Feb 11, 2011
lord wrote:
<quoted text>I don't do that much interstate travel, but from what I have seen it is a rare event to see a weigh station manned and open. On the other hand, I have passed thousands of signs that say, "weigh station closed". Further, there are no weigh stations on Rt.29, I have seen mobile inspection units either Albermarle County police south of town or State Police at R.6 and 29, but the randomness of this effort leads me to believe it is for the purpose of generating fines and provides little deterrent to the operators of overweight trucks.
As for dangerous truck drivers, a few days ago I was passed by an 18 wheel truck on Rt. 29, I saw the truck in the mirror weaving through traffic, probably exceeding 70 mph., and as it got closer I could see that the driver had one hand on the wheel and the other holding a cell phone. I wouldn't be surprised if a thorough search of that truck would reveal it to be overweight, and contain multiple logbooks and some methamphetamine. This kind of behavior needs to be punished with arrest, criminal charges, confiscation of the truck, and a mandatory sentence, then there would be a noticeable improvement in road safety.
As I recall reading the article about the Wolf Pack operation, there were five trucks cited and one truck taken off the road, considering that drivers use CB radios to be alerted to police presence, I wonder how many would be taken off the road if a weigh station on their route was manned and a "sniffer" device or dog was used to alert for drugs.
I think overall the whole"meth filled trucker" thing is played up way too much. Yes there are truckers out there doing what they feel they have to in order to stay on the road. It's all money driven. The longer you stay off the road, the less you make.(for that same reason, don't run over the gatorade bottles on the shoulder, that ain't sports drink in them)
I agree that a lot of the bad seeds would be fairly easily weeded out, but not many agencies are going to bother. They depend on the goods that come in on the trucks like everyone else, and with the budget cuts, they don't have the personnel to pull it off anyway.
The long and short of it is..if you see somebody doing something illegal(cell phone, etc) call it in, the VSP takes it seriously.
The average OTR driver puts in over 100K miles a year, they don't want to lose that pay for something silly like a phone call or an extra pallet on the truck putting them over the weight.
jonas pepper

United States

#25 Feb 11, 2011
Captain Obvious wrote:
<quoted text>
Ummm...riiiight. Because it's economically and logistically feasable for tractor-trailers to stop at the state line, offload their freight at some currently unbuilt rail terminal facility, the cargo loaded onto a mythical freight line train, the train runs a few hours up the I-81 corridor, stops, it's unloaded at yet another yet-to-be-created terminal onto a waiting semi to continue the journey.
Hare-brained dosen't even begin.
Don't laugh too much. Move afloat to load through trucks on rail cars at the state line and unload them at the other end. While truckers seem to oppose this if they do there scheduling correctly they will come out ahead by being able to sleep on the train and gain an entire day. Makes too much sense not to do it as long as the fee is kept to less than the truck operating cost. THINK ABOUT IT!

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#26 Feb 11, 2011
jonas pepper wrote:
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Don't laugh too much. Move afloat to load through trucks on rail cars at the state line and unload them at the other end. While truckers seem to oppose this if they do there scheduling correctly they will come out ahead by being able to sleep on the train and gain an entire day. Makes too much sense not to do it as long as the fee is kept to less than the truck operating cost. THINK ABOUT IT!
we speak english here...translation?
jonas pepper

United States

#27 Feb 11, 2011
That is in English; can't you read?
jim2051

AOL

#28 Feb 11, 2011
jonas pepper wrote:
That is in English; can't you read?
Give it up pepper. I guess you missed the news the other day. Geting ready to shut down the passenger service from Lynchburg to DC, because the ridership is down. Look at the freight trains running now. What do think all those cars are empty. All those containers you see on trucks came into port somewhere and were put on trucks for the final delivery.
I Left Cville Socialism

Waynesboro, VA

#29 Feb 11, 2011
jonas pepper wrote:
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Makes too much sense not to do it as long as the fee is kept to less than the truck operating cost. THINK ABOUT IT!
I thought about it before I posted...and one time study by any halfway decent industrial process engineer will blow your alleged savings out of the water. Triple handling the material will never save money unless you're planning on slave labor. Are you planning on slave labor? If so, there are some laws in the commonwealth that you need to familiarize yourself with before you start workin' on your railroad.
Dave

United States

#30 Feb 11, 2011
What with the shutting down the road every time? They cops need rapid response "plow vehicles."

These are to be tow-truck type vehicles with BLUE lights and police power to push, pull, or drag inoperable vehicles out of the way as soon as safe to do so without hurting people. The actual tow trucks would show up later to cart off damaged vehicles.
Eville

United States

#31 Feb 12, 2011
I am not sure why everyone is bashing the railroad idea. Maybe you have not been to a country where it works well. I have been to some.

Currently, our rail system sucks. If more lines and stations are added, long dist. trucking could be eliminated. Yes, it will be a huge project and people with no imagination and progressive thought will not get the idea.
Smaller trucks can be used for delivery from the rail station to stores.
Keeping it simple and less tired long haulers on the road raising havoc.
Deathway 81

Charlottesville, VA

#33 Feb 12, 2011
As I was driving south on this deathway last week I noticed some interesting 'driving' habits by many truck drivers.
1. They change lanes whenever they want regardless of signage and other vehicles. They know you'll move, slow down, etc.
2. They like to jump into the passing lane when going up hills, and ride side by side with the other truck they're trying to pass.
3. I saw 3 weigh stations closed, and the one that was open and clearly marked with a flashing "ALL TRUCKS MUST EXIT" sign was ignored by the 4 trucks passing me that were careening down the road going at least 80-85mph.
4. Several times I was tailgaited so closely all I could see was the truck's grill in my mirror. If I had to brake for anything the truck would have rolled right over me.
It seems that most of these guys are just nomadic vermin without families, and driving a truck makes them feel like they have something between their legs other than a coffee cup and/or another pack of smokes. The lawlessness that these guys operate by is disgusting. How many more lives need to be destroyed by these jerks? And you gotta love it when the cops just sit back and watch it happen.

“Keeping life realistic”

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#35 Feb 12, 2011
Deathway 81 wrote:
As I was driving south on this deathway last week I noticed some interesting 'driving' habits by many truck drivers.
1. They change lanes whenever they want regardless of signage and other vehicles. They know you'll move, slow down, etc.
2. They like to jump into the passing lane when going up hills, and ride side by side with the other truck they're trying to pass.
3. I saw 3 weigh stations closed, and the one that was open and clearly marked with a flashing "ALL TRUCKS MUST EXIT" sign was ignored by the 4 trucks passing me that were careening down the road going at least 80-85mph.
4. Several times I was tailgaited so closely all I could see was the truck's grill in my mirror. If I had to brake for anything the truck would have rolled right over me.
It seems that most of these guys are just nomadic vermin without families, and driving a truck makes them feel like they have something between their legs other than a coffee cup and/or another pack of smokes. The lawlessness that these guys operate by is disgusting. How many more lives need to be destroyed by these jerks? And you gotta love it when the cops just sit back and watch it happen.
so how many of these did you report. If what you said was true, than you are as guilty as anyone else for not reporting it. Each truck on the road has clear ID# on the truck. DOT#s, and an assortment of other identifiers. If you're not willing to be proactive, then it's time to sit in the corner and take what is handed to you.

I think if you would actually compare the mile/incident ratio between truckers and those in a passenger vehicle, you'll find you have no arguement.
taz

Waynesboro, VA

#36 Feb 12, 2011
stupid trucks
taz

Waynesboro, VA

#37 Feb 12, 2011
Laughing at the fools wrote:
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so how many of these did you report. If what you said was true, than you are as guilty as anyone else for not reporting it. Each truck on the road has clear ID# on the truck. DOT#s, and an assortment of other identifiers. If you're not willing to be proactive, then it's time to sit in the corner and take what is handed to you.
I think if you would actually compare the mile/incident ratio between truckers and those in a passenger vehicle, you'll find you have no arguement.
truck drivers are scary
Dave

United States

#38 Feb 12, 2011
Eville wrote:
I am not sure why everyone is bashing the railroad idea. Maybe you have not been to a country where it works well. I have been to some.
Currently, our rail system sucks. If more lines and stations are added, long dist. trucking could be eliminated. Yes, it will be a huge project and people with no imagination and progressive thought will not get the idea.
Smaller trucks can be used for delivery from the rail station to stores.
Keeping it simple and less tired long haulers on the road raising havoc.
We had this, in the 1800's. The "trucks" were called draymen. Charlottesville had light rail, too, the streetcar. Over 50,000 miles of railway have been abandoned in the US. Did anyone know Palmyra had a train line and Troy, Va was named after T.O. Troy, the guy who built it and the Charlottesville street car?
jim2051

AOL

#39 Feb 12, 2011
Dave wrote:
<quoted text>
We had this, in the 1800's. The "trucks" were called draymen. Charlottesville had light rail, too, the streetcar. Over 50,000 miles of railway have been abandoned in the US. Did anyone know Palmyra had a train line and Troy, Va was named after T.O. Troy, the guy who built it and the Charlottesville street car?
Yes we had rail service through the 1800's into the 1900's or most of it.Now we have air travel for those who can afford it,no rail travel,not around here anyway.Ever see Trailways or Greyhound buses on the road much anymore? MY have times have changed.
jim2051

AOL

#40 Feb 12, 2011
taz wrote:
stupid trucks
Like they say Hoss, if you cant run with the Big Boys,stay home or get the Hell out of the way.These Interstates were built for truck traffic. Did you think IKE was gonna move the troops and material in Toyota pickups.
Yankeeborne

Richmond Hill, GA

#42 Feb 12, 2011
jim2051 wrote:
<quoted text>Like they say Hoss, if you cant run with the Big Boys,stay home or get the Hell out of the way.These Interstates were built for truck traffic. Did you think IKE was gonna move the troops and material in Toyota pickups.
Your wrong "Hoss". These interstate were built for civil defense. They were built so our military can move quickly within our boarders,(in case of war). That is why all the bridges and road beds are built to military weight standards. We are only allowed to use them during non-war times. God forbid any agressive action be taken against the USA, but if it should, the public will be shut off from access. Don't think so, didn't take long on 9-11 to be told to stay out of the sky's, or you'll be taken out.
whoo ya

Waynesboro, VA

#43 Feb 13, 2011
yankeeborne referred to truckers as idiots - i've seen way more idiots in 4wheelers (cars) tailgate, not keep a consistent speed, cut in and out and be the cause of accidents. There are so many truckers who are great drivers! Don't put all in one box, Its like saying all yankees are overbearing, stupid, loudmouth jerks.

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