Debris from big rig crash closes 99 for nearly 12 hours

Full story: Chico Enterprise-Record

California Highway Patrol officer Tag Euritt and PG&E workers watch as tow trucks drag the Trader Joe's semi-truck away from Shippee Creek Tuesday, following an early morning crash on Highway 99 that closed the roadway for nearly 12 hours.

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A Paradise motorcyclist

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#1
Sep 16, 2009
 
Seems to me that about 1-2 years ago a law was passed that let truckers to drive longer hours per day/week. Combine that with trucking companies putting more demands on existing drivers and the results are obvious. I have neighbors who truck and are getting pushed to do more for less.

Since: Jul 08

Chico

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Sep 16, 2009
 
News flash, with the economy the way it is most everyone is being pushed to do more for less.
BeanMama

Plymouth, MN

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#3
Sep 16, 2009
 
I was one of the cars stopped behind the accident for 2 hours. Just a few cars behind the accident. The CISCO food truck was in the field, partially overturned. Not just halted.
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Paradise, CA

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Sep 16, 2009
 
Wow the inaccuracies in this report are amazing to me. 1) the 'diapers' used by the environmental contractor is an inaccurate term: They are called adsorbent pads. 2) Power lines were not downed but yes a utility pole was sheared but supported by the semi/trailer that knocked it into two pieces. 3) PG&E did replace the pole but did not replace the wires, they were mearly grounding them on both sides to prevent any induction voltage from transfering from nearby transmission lines while the new pole was replaced and the wires were placed back on top of the pole. And as for the recent post about the CHP guy, he was out there for the whole 12 hours+ You do that outside in the sun without taking a few breaks to sit down. I actually saw him standing up much of the time and confronting the occasional vehicles that somehow missed out the details that this section of road was closed. Yes, the southbound truck was out in a nearby rice field with the back trailer on its side. The back trailer was recovered, turned upright and pulled away under its own wheels. The northbound FedEx truck simply got caught up on what appeared to be a section of the guard rail debris. That was freed and that truck was on its way shortly after sunrise.
P-One

Chico, CA

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Sep 16, 2009
 
Seems to me than this would have never happened if any of these drivers were following rules and regulations governing trucks. Excessive speeds from two trucks and fatigue causing the other diver to fall asleep? I guess some people are lucky they didn't die, including the motorists that wer trapped. I routinely travel 99 north and south from Chico in the early AM and there are always truckers who think that speed limits don't apply while it is dark. Maybe the CHP should patrol more in these hours. I don't think a semi truck needs to travel 75mph on a road labeled as "Blood Alley".
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Sep 16, 2009
 
hey, bro (P-One), not to pick on you or anything, but man, drivin' rigs in one hard gig. Us cats git paid by the mile, yet our days are regulated by the hour. Do the math, we're gettin' the shaft! Loads aren't always ready on time, yet it's our job to get them delivered on time. Store managers don't want to hear excuses when they and their employess are coming in early to unload a shipment. And btw, fyi: alot of company rigs governed internally at 65mph. Early am when traffic is light is the time to push it, as lousy as that may be. Honestly, I don't think any "rules" really were broken in this case, just one of those stitches in time when the planets line up just right, and things get fouled up.

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