Interstate 81 Accident

An accident tangled traffic on Interstate 81 in Augusta County Thursday afternoon and sent at least one person to the hospital in a helicopter. Read more
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Since: Jan 10

United States

#44 Feb 13, 2011
When truck drivers go on strike, we find out just how much we need them.
taz

Waynesboro, VA

#45 Feb 13, 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.
a lot of truck drivers are just bullies an try to intimidate people in cars .they should make trucks stay in right lane and run 55 mph like school buses. toyota makes the best trucks. you probably got a toyota or wish you had one. just sayin. Ike Turner had some good songs , i like Ike . hoss.:)
I Left Cville Socialism

Waynesboro, VA

#46 Feb 13, 2011
Nice history lesson, but totally irrelevant to the current discussion. It's dead, Jim.
Dave wrote:
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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?
Waynesboro Resident

Waynesboro, VA

#47 Feb 13, 2011
Until EVERYONE realizes that the "81" is the Interstate Identification Number and NOT the speed limit, I-81 is going to continue to be dangerous whether in a truck or a car.
moronfinder

Barnesville, OH

#49 Feb 13, 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.
Found another one! Maybe Deathway was too busy paying attention to the ROAD and not so concerned with his cell phone? Just sayin..........
jonas pepper

United States

#52 Feb 13, 2011
jim2051 wrote:
<quoted text>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 would suggest you study the transportation of goods. Fresh food and point to point stuff goes by truck. Trains still carry the brunt of port to inland terminal goods.
Trucks do not even come close to paying for the roads they use. I81 is the perfect example of this, take the trucks away and the road can handle the traffic. Since there is need for additional lanes for trucks add up the cost of those lanes; doesn't even come close to the taxes on the trucks. Just count the single axle tractors with tandems and think about the different tax rates that apply there versus the tandem axle tractors.
lord

Barnesville, OH

#54 Feb 14, 2011
Anti Tax wrote:
If truck drivers were not being taxed to death, they would not feel the need to hurry.
There is also the factor that since deregulation, there is an abundance of independent truck drivers competing for the "dedicated runs", that is regularly scheduled pick up and deliveries, and the shippers know this and demand unfair contract terms regarding late delivery. A driver might not be paid at all for the delivery if they are one minute late, and might be fined by the shipper or forced to buy the contents of his truck if late beyond a specified time. These contracts don't include provisions for delays beyond the control of the trucker, like road closure, construction, or a long wait when the authorities randomly decide to open a weigh station and inspect the trucks.
lord

Barnesville, OH

#55 Feb 14, 2011
jonas pepper wrote:
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I would suggest you study the transportation of goods. Fresh food and point to point stuff goes by truck..
Fresh food, including contract deliveries to supermarkets, make up some of the worst of the abusive trade practices imposed on truckers by shippers.

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