I-40 closed near Grants

Full story: KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico

Authorities have closed the westbound lanes of I-40 near Grants after five semis crashed.
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Sluggo

Rio Rancho, NM

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Dec 14, 2008
 
Icy Roadways, Construction Zones, Unable to Slow Down...

Cut the candy coating, these bone heads were hauling butt on slick roads with no regard for SAFETY.

Hope all 5 lose thier CDL's and end-up operating a Pallet Jack at the warehouse of their choice.
welcome to albucracky

Albuquerque, NM

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Dec 14, 2008
 
what??? icy roads causing trucks to collide? give me a break. truckers on the interstates are a menace. their speed should be regulated even more when conditions are bad. cargo is never more important than a life.
I'm just sayin'...
Wake up People

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#3
Dec 14, 2008
 
The media always blames ICY roads. These clowns need to slow down and the media needs to report that these people are stupid!
Annette

Bernalillo, NM

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#4
Dec 14, 2008
 
Truckers were trying to slow down? Must be a dream. The ones I encounter on the highway NEVER slow down and ALWAYS tailgate! They're terrifying and dangerous.
Mom

Levelland, TX

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#5
Dec 14, 2008
 
They need separate interstate systems: one just for truckers and one for everyone else. Charge the truckers a fee to cover the cost of the wear and tear and damages on their interstate. We'd all be much safer. Problem solved.
get a clue

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#6
Dec 14, 2008
 
don't be knocking trucks until you have been behind the wheel of one. 99%of the time it is an idiot in a car that causes the accidents to begin with. If the NMDOT would pull their head outa their butt and figure out how to run a damn snowplow they might have fewer accidents. So it's basicly morons like you that have no clue what so ever about an industry that takes alot skill. Just remember without trucks America stops. All the crap you morons own came on a truck. Oh wait it magicly appears on the shelf.
Mom

Levelland, TX

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Dec 14, 2008
 
Wouldn't the truck drivers prefer their own interstate and not have the "morons" to contend with?
Annette

Bernalillo, NM

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Dec 14, 2008
 
get a clue wrote:
don't be knocking trucks until you have been behind the wheel of one. 99%of the time it is an idiot in a car that causes the accidents to begin with. If the NMDOT would pull their head outa their butt and figure out how to run a **** snowplow they might have fewer accidents. So it's basicly morons like you that have no clue what so ever about an industry that takes alot skill. Just remember without trucks America stops. All the crap you morons own came on a truck. Oh wait it magicly appears on the shelf.
Since I go the speed limit and stay in the right lane--trying to get out of the way of speeding giants--you can NOT claim that I'm causing an accident. Truckers deliberately tailgate in an effort to make peope "speed up" when they can't pass them. I'm not a moron; I drive carefully and defensively; and I'd love to see a blitz of traffic enforcement concentrating on trucks. CDL's need to be regulated more carefully. I've had trucks pull out of side streets directly in front of me on icy pavement. After all, THEY would be ok if I hit them; I'm the one who would be history. That's not acceptable. Where are the cops when we need them? When someone threatens my life in that matter I'd like to see them stopped and their license revoked. Don't complain, truckers, you know as well as I do that this is true--you just don't want to admit it.
LoL

Albuquerque, NM

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#9
Dec 15, 2008
 
In Oregon, the max speed on the interstate for truckers is 65 during the day and 55 at night. Maybe they should set a similar speed limit between ABQ and Gallup since accidents seem to happen more frequently along that part of I-40 compaired to the other roads in the state.
George

Levelland, TX

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#10
Dec 15, 2008
 
I didn't think speed limits applied to the truckers. They have no limits as they own the road.
Annette

Bernalillo, NM

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Dec 15, 2008
 
LoL wrote:
In Oregon, the max speed on the interstate for truckers is 65 during the day and 55 at night. Maybe they should set a similar speed limit between ABQ and Gallup since accidents seem to happen more frequently along that part of I-40 compaired to the other roads in the state.
I think there ARE restrictions. However, speed is only half the problem. The other half is the tailgating. It's rude. It's dangerous. It needs to be penalized HARD.
RTX

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Dec 15, 2008
 
Mom wrote:
They need separate interstate systems: one just for truckers and one for everyone else. Charge the truckers a fee to cover the cost of the wear and tear and damages on their interstate. We'd all be much safer. Problem solved.
Some places they have their own lane, if only that were true everywhere
Aileana

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Dec 15, 2008
 
LoL wrote:
In Oregon, the max speed on the interstate for truckers is 65 during the day and 55 at night. Maybe they should set a similar speed limit between ABQ and Gallup since accidents seem to happen more frequently along that part of I-40 compaired to the other roads in the state.
They've had similar split speed limits in other states, surveys have proven there is a highter accident rate because of the split limit
Aileana

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Dec 15, 2008
 
Mom wrote:
They need separate interstate systems: one just for truckers and one for everyone else. Charge the truckers a fee to cover the cost of the wear and tear and damages on their interstate. We'd all be much safer. Problem solved.
Problem not solved, trucks already pay a higher tax rate to use the highways plus a higher fuel tax for any fuel bought in the state. If they did have a separate interstate for trucks and other vehicles who's going to pay the billions of dollars it's going to cost to build it, who's going to get ice and snow removal or repairs done first?
Annette

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Dec 15, 2008
 
Aileana wrote:
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Problem not solved, trucks already pay a higher tax rate to use the highways plus a higher fuel tax for any fuel bought in the state. If they did have a separate interstate for trucks and other vehicles who's going to pay the billions of dollars it's going to cost to build it, who's going to get ice and snow removal or
repairs done first?
I think that creating separate lanes for the big trucks is something that needs to be addressed in all future highway projects. You're right about the costs; to go back and build new highways would be prohibitive, but if the lanes were part of new projects the costs would be a great deal lower. It will take forever to solve the problem--but we've got to start somewhere.

Since: Dec 08

Rio Rancho,NM

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Dec 15, 2008
 
Annette wrote:
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I think that creating separate lanes for the big trucks is something that needs to be addressed in all future highway projects. You're right about the costs; to go back and build new highways would be prohibitive, but if the lanes were part of new projects the costs would be a great deal lower. It will take forever to solve the problem--but we've got to start somewhere.
In California trucks are restricted to the right two lanes and for the most part that works, Chicago put in express lanes for car use only and that works mostly as well. Some cities have detours around for the trucks to use, it would take a lot of planning to get a loop around town because of the mountains.
In case you've not guessed it by now I was a driver for over 10 years and have over 1.5 million miles accident free driving before I had to quit, my husband is still driving with about the same amount of miles accident free and I get to see him maybe 3 days a month.
You said earlier that CDL's need to be regulated more carefully, when a truck crosses a state line and enters the scale house or port of entry they can be asked for all their paperwork including their license. The hours that a driver is allowed to work or drive is regulated, their work week isn't 40 hours it's 70 hours. If a company requires us to have a hazardous materials endorsement on our drivers licenses we have to pay Homeland Security and the FBI to do a background check on us to get that, just as a FYI most household cleaning products in truck loads are hazardous materials.
In the time I spent driving I've been given tickets for not spelling Amarillo right (falsification of logs), not having white sheets on my bed (you're required to have white sheets in case there's an accident and you have to wrap someone up in them or make bandages out of them) and one for wearing a dress while driving instead of jeans. I'm still trying to figure that last one out as the only thing the driver regulations covers is footwear not clothing, it cost me $126 on the spot for that ticket.
El Torro

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Dec 15, 2008
 
get a clue wrote:
don't be knocking trucks until you have been behind the wheel of one. 99%of the time it is an idiot in a car that causes the accidents to begin with. If the NMDOT would pull their head outa their butt and figure out how to run a **** snowplow they might have fewer accidents. So it's basicly morons like you that have no clue what so ever about an industry that takes alot skill. Just remember without trucks America stops. All the crap you morons own came on a truck. Oh wait it magicly appears on the shelf.
I opt for the trains to haul freight. It's cheaper and much safer than those drug addicted speed taking truck drivers that have no regard for human life. Truckers are dangerous and I can remember when they were safe drivers, not now. They suck crap through a straw.

Since: Dec 08

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Dec 15, 2008
 
El Torro wrote:
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I opt for the trains to haul freight. It's cheaper and much safer than those drug addicted speed taking truck drivers that have no regard for human life. Truckers are dangerous and I can remember when they were safe drivers, not now. They suck crap through a straw.
So instead of going to the stores to get what we need we go to the rail yard and take it off the freight cars?
Instead of having fresh produce brought to the stores you're going to go to the docks and get it off the boats?
Or are you saying instead of having relatively smooth roads that they now lay down tracks for the trains to run on to every store in town... Try thinking things through, delivering all freight by train won't work you're still going to need trucks.
Mom

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Dec 15, 2008
 
Separate lanes would work if everyone would abide by it. I'm afraid there are a lot of people who would not. I can't believe a woman truck driver would get a ticket for wearing a dress. Did you get the cop's badge number? I, too, would question that one. Something needs to be done to make the roads safer for everyone.

Since: Dec 08

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Dec 16, 2008
 
Mom wrote:
Separate lanes would work if everyone would abide by it. I'm afraid there are a lot of people who would not. I can't believe a woman truck driver would get a ticket for wearing a dress. Did you get the cop's badge number? I, too, would question that one. Something needs to be done to make the roads safer for everyone.
Having separate lanes do work in some places, from experience though you're right not everyone would abide by them and I don't just mean the truck drivers. Have you ever noticed or wondered why trucks tend to pick the center or left lanes when going through Albuquerque, it's so that they're out of the way of people wanting to exit and enter the interstate.
Driving a truck isn't easy, you're away from your family and those you love other then a couple of days a month, you miss birthdays and Christmas and special family times that you can never get back, you miss your kids first steps and first day at school, their ball games and teacher meetings. As you've seen here you get cussed out, accused of doing drugs and treated like the scum of the earth, it's worse for a woman driver who isn't accepted by the people she deals with every day.
The ticket I got for wearing a dress was one I got for not keeping my mouth shut, he couldn't get me for anything else so he got me for that claiming it was a hazard and could tangle my legs up. My truck was searched and everything I had was thrown on the ground in the rain, his reason for that was I had 2 pagers so I had to be doing something illegal. One of the pagers was my personal one for my family to contact me, the other was provided by the company so they could contact me if they needed me, this was before cell phones were so easy to get. I called him a jackass and complained about all of my stuff being trampled into the mud, he'd opened up all the stuff I had in the cooler to make sandwiches with and trampled it into my clothes and bedding, so he wrote me the ticket.

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