This is typical driving for container haulers, they have some of the worst equipment and drivers to be found on the highways. No one behind me for half a mile, and plenty of room ahead for him to stay in his lane and wait for me to get by. As you see he was coming across multiple lanes no matter what. I’m going uphill and have 45,000 pounds of steel, now I’m down to 35 mph.
Cruising down the PA Turnpike this flatbed driver ignored calls on the CB that he was losing stuff off his trailer. As he passes me first the red V-Boards come tumbling off right in front of me, then watch as he gets to the underpass and two of his tarps fly off, one on to the shoulder of the road, the other partly in the roadway. Total loss probably around $500.
The scenic ride from the Interstate to the drill-site access road. Narrow winding roads, 10 ton weight limit most of the way. That’s before it changes to 6 ton!
From the paved road up to the job-site. As soon as I turned and started up the road a pickup crested the hill and waited, I guess he thought I was going to back out of the road. I moved more than enough for him to get by but he still took two or three minutes to finally come down and act as if I had the whole road blocked. Four feet clearance must not be enough for some drivers to “squeeze” by. That’s why they leave trucks with as little as four inches on either side to get into some places, or make turns. Anyway, that caused me to lose the momentum I had from turning off the road, just enough that it now took several runs at the hill to get to a flatter area. The road was rough rocks and mud, and when combined became even slicker and harder to get traction once my wheels spun the first time. Only having 7500 pounds on the trailer spread out over fifty feet added no weight to my drive tires. Eventually I made it up, then upon arrival at the job-site got stuck again on the large and loose rocks that went uphill to the staging area. A dozer easily pulled me up the rest of the way. He had to hook up again to get me turned around so I could leave. They were used to doing this, as am I, so it was not any problem.
First crash, truck overturned at final curve northbound before toll booths in Clarks Summit PA.
Second crash, northbound coming out of Lehigh Tunnel, appears that one tractor slammed into the back of a trailer and crushed it, both burned to the ground and still smoldering as I went by. Traffic of course all backed up.
Third crash, a few miles south of the tunnel crash in backed up traffic. I counted at least three cars in the blaze. Most likely the first car stopped for the traffic backup from the first wreck, and at least two other vehicles plowed into it, bursting into flames. As I drove by the heat was intense, and all that was left of the vehicles were red hot shells. Not likely there were any survivors.
Everyone in this “me first” society is in such a rush, and some paid dearly for it tonight. So many truck drivers still think the only way to drive is as fast and as far as you can, run multiple logbooks, and to hell with any of the rules. To them it’s not manly to obey the laws, these people live in their make believe world where they think of themselves as “outlaw truckers’. That in part has helped spur the ridiculous barrage of new laws coming from the feds trying to get these nitwits under control. Don’t get me started and up on my soapbox!