Dairy semi rolls over in Belding

Dairy semi rolls over in Belding

There are 36 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Sep 11, 2008, titled Dairy semi rolls over in Belding. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A Bareman's Quality Dairy semitrailer crashed in Belding, forcing Hawley Highway to be closed for more than an hour while the accident was cleared up.

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jason-GR

Plainwell, MI

#24 Sep 11, 2008
old_timer wrote:
<quoted text>Your right there's a difference between incompetent and inexperienced, sounds like your his match also, no one here called you anything vulgar, so I can tell which side of the fence you were brought up on. Like the other post said, take out the deer and you have proof of what you hit, you came to his defense rather quickly were you there when it happen? I didn't think so, maybe you were texting him on his cell phone. so.... go away little girl you bother me. HAHAHAHA
Old timer go away you bother all of us, your pretty immature for being an "old timer"

Since: Jul 08

Kentwood MI

#25 Sep 11, 2008
old_timer wrote:
I expanded the picture up to 150% and see no sign of skids marks, something to ponder over and make you go, hmmmmm.
Ponder this...Are you saying that the driver should "lock 'em up" while turning to avoid Bambi? That does not seem to be a very bright idea.
LC

Since: Jul 08

Kentwood MI

#26 Sep 11, 2008
old_timer wrote:
<quoted text> Just what is it that makes you think anyone can't drive a semi? I've heard the guys that drive semi's on a cb asking for directions, can't they read a map? no picture this, driver jumps on a cb and asks what exit is such and such a highway, but when you approach that highway the exit smaller than the route number, well DUH pay attention, stay off the cell phones and learn to read a map. So dont ever think these drivers can't be replaced. So maybe you should have kept your PIEHOLE shut.
Feisty for an old timer aint ya? Sounds like you would prefer that drivers look at a map rather than talk on a radio when driving. I would much prefer that they keep their eyes off the map and on the road. as to the piehole comment, I kinda figured he typed with his fingers..... DUH.
LC
Mike

Colorado Springs, CO

#27 Sep 11, 2008
old_timer wrote:
<quoted text> Just what is it that makes you think anyone can't drive a semi? I've heard the guys that drive semi's on a cb asking for directions, can't they read a map? no picture this, driver jumps on a cb and asks what exit is such and such a highway, but when you approach that highway the exit smaller than the route number, well DUH pay attention, stay off the cell phones and learn to read a map. So dont ever think these drivers can't be replaced. So maybe you should have kept your PIEHOLE shut.
I would LOVE to see you jump in a semi and drive it, not the easiest thing in the world, trust me, i do it, a lot, especially when you have to deal with as* holes on the road who think they own the dang thing and can't show a little respect, heck, yesterday in a 2 mile stretch i was cut off 3 times so people could make their exits, because the 1.2 seconds they gained by flying around me was worth forcing me to slam on my brakes to not drive my truck over their dang cars.
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#28 Sep 12, 2008
jason-GR wrote:
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Old timer go away you bother all of us, your pretty immature for being an "old timer"
I dont recall asking you either sonny.
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#29 Sep 12, 2008
Lamont Cranston wrote:
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Ponder this...Are you saying that the driver should "lock 'em up" while turning to avoid Bambi? That does not seem to be a very bright idea.
LC
Never said that, I agreed with the other post, take bambi out and have some proof as to a deer really running out there.
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#30 Sep 12, 2008
Lamont Cranston wrote:
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Feisty for an old timer aint ya? Sounds like you would prefer that drivers look at a map rather than talk on a radio when driving. I would much prefer that they keep their eyes off the map and on the road. as to the piehole comment, I kinda figured he typed with his fingers..... DUH.
LC
How about checking a map after picking load up and checking once again when getting near a destination, like from a rest stop, after all they have all along the highways, they refer to them as "pickle parks", one other thing I might add, yes I have seen drivers looking at maps while driving, might be the reason they ride the rub strips, lol.
old_timer

Syracuse, NY

#31 Sep 12, 2008
Mike wrote:
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I would LOVE to see you jump in a semi and drive it, not the easiest thing in the world, trust me, i do it, a lot, especially when you have to deal with as* holes on the road who think they own the dang thing and can't show a little respect, heck, yesterday in a 2 mile stretch i was cut off 3 times so people could make their exits, because the 1.2 seconds they gained by flying around me was worth forcing me to slam on my brakes to not drive my truck over their dang cars.
WOW, reread the name their sonny, I drove one when you were probably in high school, try another job if your not happy with what your doing and can't deal with cars cutting you off, sounds like you may not be cut out for what your doing, you'll burn out quickly. BTW, I still have a clean cdl. pfffffffffft
huh

United States

#32 Sep 12, 2008
Glad Chad is okay!! The best thing that he has got going for him is that he works for Bareman Dairy!! The company is one of the best places to work around!! Fortunately THEY don't find fault and accuse!!! Accidents are just that ACCIDENTS!!!! I mean really??? Who would want to crash a semi???
clyde

Ravenna, MI

#33 Sep 12, 2008
The deer probally had CWD and wanted to end it all so it wouldn't have to suffer the whole ordeal.
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#34 Sep 12, 2008
old_timer wrote:
<quoted text>Your right there's a difference between incompetent and inexperienced, sounds like your his match also, no one here called you anything vulgar, so I can tell which side of the fence you were brought up on. Like the other post said, take out the deer and you have proof of what you hit, you came to his defense rather quickly were you there when it happen? I didn't think so, maybe you were texting him on his cell phone. so.... go away little girl you bother me. HAHAHAHA
Yes, there is a difference between incompetent and experienced, however, in this case it was an ACCIDENT. I didn't call anyone in particular anything vulgar...I said for the A-Holes who THINK they know Chad, they don't, so they had no right to say what kind of driver he is. I will stick up for him because I know him, I know his wife, and his children. Accidents involving deer happen ALL the time...it's instinctual to automatically step on your brakes when you see one, unless you're an animal killer who enjoys hitting animals on purpose. It's sad, but I know a few people like that. I could care less what "side of the fence" you think I was brought up on. I am a very opinionated person, if you don't what I have to say, don't reply to my post! I am also not a "little girl" and you also bother me...so go away old geezer :p
firecat5804

United States

#35 Sep 13, 2008
old_timer wrote:
I expanded the picture up to 150% and see no sign of skids marks, something to pnder over and make you go, hmmmmm.
With the ABS systems on semi trucks and trailers, your gonna put it in a ditch before you lock them up. Believe I know.
the wife

United States

#36 Sep 16, 2008
Ok, first of all, thank you Wendy for all your kind words and for sticking up for Chad. Secondly, let me clear the record here for all of you who ASSUME you know what happened. A deer DID jump in front of Chad. He DID NOT lock up his brakes (believe me, Chad is the FIRST person to say to just hit the deer...he gets after me EVERY time I hit the brakes). Instead he had that initial little jerk that MOST drivers get when something jumps out in front of you unexpectedly. This little swerve caused him to hit the dirt shoulder which was a mere 6 inches off the white line. The dirt pulled the trailer into the ditch and that was that. The truck DID NOT ROLL OVER as I pointed out to woodtv8 who did not respond. The trailer went into the ditch and was left sitting at a 45 degree angle against the bank. Unfortunately as is the case with most semis, once they are off the road, they are hard to get back on. NOW, NO my husband was NOT sleeping. Does he get tired? Of course he does. You try getting up as early as 2am, drive an hour to work, and then spend the next 12-14 hours driving and delivering. However, my husband IS responsible and when he gets tired, he pulls over and rests or gets out and gets moving around to wake up again or stops and calls a friend or family member. He has a family and he knows how angry he would be if a tired driver caused the death of his children. He takes every precaution to keep others on the road safe. AND, FYI, Bareman's Dairy trucks do not have CB radios in their trucks, AND the drivers are not allowed to talk on their cell phones while they are driving. They have to pull over and call in for directions. And yes, they need directions sometimes because new stops are added all the time and most of the time, not even the supervisors know where they are for sure. So, with all of that being said, thank you to those of you who were kind and understanding...and to all of you who weren't, mainly old_timer, please think about the people that you are bad-mouthing before you do it. You weren't in the situation and you don't know my husband. He is one of the most caring, understanding, and responsible men out there. He is one of the customers' favorite drivers that works for Bareman's because of his kind and courteous personality and demeanor. He doesn't just rush through his job to try to get home quicker. Our family suffers greatly due to the long hours he works. Sometimes it is 7pm before he gets home and he has to go to bed an hour later just so he can get up on time the next day. But he loves his family and he appreciates his job. Truck driving is NOT his dream job, but he does it well and is thankful to have a secure job when so many others are out of work right now. Thanks for reading.
Hooters

United States

#37 Sep 22, 2008
Sometimes them milkers can be a little top heavy and roll over.
the wife

United States

#38 Oct 1, 2008
Not sure if anyone cares anymore, but if you go and look at the article now, woodtv8 has so graciously changed the article to be more factual. It now says that Chad applied the brakes forcing the truck off the road and leaning against the side. The headline has also been changed. THANK YOU! Oh, and not sure why it says I'm from Little Rock, AR...we're from Montcalm County.
JOHN

Greenville, MI

#40 Oct 14, 2008
HEY SHOULDNT JOKE ABOUT THIS , THIS IS ALL
Q-D NEEDS IS AN EXCUSE TO RAISE THEIR PRICE
OF MILK TO INCREASE THEIR PROFITS !!!!!!
BECAUSE OF THE MILK SHORTAGE THIS HAS CREATED.

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