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Fatal Semi Crash Snarled TransCanada For 8 Hours

There are 7 comments on the CKQRAM story from Jan 11, 2008, titled Fatal Semi Crash Snarled TransCanada For 8 Hours. In it, CKQRAM reports that:

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Jason

Langley, Canada

#1 Jan 11, 2008
This BROTHER who caused this accident is a shmuck! He took this mans life by driving to fast for the road conditions.The posted speed limit there is 60 kmh.
I guess he was doing more then that! His wife was in the bunk and she lived, but all she can remember is her husband saying oh my god and then the crash :(
These companies that hire this kind of crap to drive there trucks should maybe be held responsible to some point.
My heart goes out to this this family who lost a loved one.
UNKNOWN

Port Elgin, Canada

#2 Jan 12, 2008
If this is the accident i believe it is to be.. then the man that died was my best friends dad that passed away.. and the people that hire these idoits that dont really know how to drive in the road conditions SHOULDNT be driving..
I think companies should learn to watch who they hire,from now on.. because anymore i dont really think they do becuase they hire who ever they get there hand on too....
Flame

Lethbridge, Canada

#3 Jan 31, 2008
I beleive that when a driver is hired he should under go testing in the mountains on roads in these condiotions. As a vital element in hiring your next driver. As an ex of a truck driver, what I find is that these guys begin to feel immortal on the roads and take too many chances!!
They clearly are not paying attention to what they should be. And in turn people are dieing on the highways, and companies are losing money on their trusted merchandise.One can be recovered the other obviously not! At what point do we lay it on the line for these drivers to be enforced to drive with extreme caution at all times?
gill family

Brampton, Canada

#4 Feb 1, 2008
i know who died it was a man his wife and his driver they are my aunt and uncles i thank you for your consideration alllim really worried about his his 2 kids who don't even know whats going on because of there ages they are just kids who have no parents to get taken care of im the uncles nephew. and for those who don't know what happened was becuase of road conditions and do to the person coming towards them his speed made his jack knife in them causing a 5 truck pile up witch my dad was part of. we will always miss you sukman sahota and palwinder kaur and sukchan your in our hearts
newsbaglady

Denver, CO

#5 Mar 10, 2009
I am so very sorry to read of this. I found your posting quite by accident searching for something else on the net in Golden Colo, which is where i live.

I live in the U.S. and i also believe that drivers need to be much better trained than what they are. I drove for 28 years and my body is beat up. I quit last year. The drivers that are out on the open road now days are scary to say the least. The DOT down here does try very hard to get these guys fined but that is about all they can do.

It is up to the trucking companys to hire better and more qualified drivers. While that sounds easy enough, it is in fact much more complicated than that. Almost everyone i knew over the years who also drove, is either dead or they have quit.
So finding drivers with a lot of experience is difficult. Then you have dispatchers who dispatch drivers too hard. They expect you to break the laws to get the load delivered on time. So that - once again, goes back to the trucking company.

Shipping companys, recievers, insurance companys, trucking companys, & drivers all have a hand in this. And one more thing, the government. Be it, the US or Canada; they need to crack down harder on the companys, and the above mentioned list as well as the drivers. Usually the driver is the one who gets the fine. Rarely do you see the company in trouble.

In all of this is a lot of other factors. One of those is drivers ed at school. And for that matter, drivers ed for adults. I have some some of the strangest and stupidist things one can imagine out of people driving cars.

The person behind the wheel of a car causes more of the accidents than the driver of the semi truck. You need to pay attention as much as a professional truck driver does. Just because there is not 45,000 lbs or more behind you does not justify you to drive as if you were on a racetrack. The truck can not stop or swerve to avoid you very quickly. Those manouevers are what causes jack knifes.

I quit for any number of reasons but one of the top 3 would easily be the way that people drive cars. I am not ready to die over some idiot driving while they are doing any number of other things besides paying attention to the road.

If you take to the road, be it as a trucker, or driving a car, SUV, etc take responsibility and drive like you have a brain.
newsbaglady

Denver, CO

#6 Mar 10, 2009
By the way, why is it legal for a trucker to have a computer right beside the wheel and not in a car? Most companys actuall have them installed so the driver is at the companys beck and call at any moment. That's ridiculous.
newsbaglady

Denver, CO

#7 Mar 10, 2009
In the US the trucking company may be held liable and can be sued if the accident was due to the truck driver. Have the family there talk to an attorney. They may have legal recourse. Good luck, and once again; i am very sorry to hear of the loss

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