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Who's to Blame in This RR Crossing Wreck?

Remember, “Stop, look and listen”? It's still a good idea for any driver.

The gates came down after the wreck. And what a mess! Note that the impact yanked the fifth wheel off the tractor's frame. That means the fifth wheel's jaws hung onto the lead trailer's kingpin.

January 26, 2017

Newscasters focused on the non-working crossing lights and gates. But shouldn't the truck driver have looked for a train? Tom Berg has more in Trailer Talk.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Railroads

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:23 AM | » Comments(1)

Whoa, How'd This Rig Hold Together?

It seems amazing that the tractor stayed hanging there instead of breaking loose and falling onto the street below. But fifth wheels and trailer kingpins are very strong.

Strong coupling mechanisms supported the tractor and kept it from falling onto the street below. Photos: Tom Berg, from ABC World News Tonight

June 1, 2016

There are no federal government or SAE strength requirements, so standards were set by the marketplace, and now by European rules.

Tags: Accidents, Trailers, Fifth Wheels

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Unlucky Tip Over on the Tappan Zee Bridge

Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday?

Scrap-hauling dump trailer heels over just ahead of car in the adjacent lane on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. Photos: Tom Berg, from video by "Hypotenuse"

May 18, 2016

Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday? The rear axle broke loose and the trailer lost its footing. What a Friday-the-13th happening!

Tags: Equipment Issues, Safety & Compliance, Dump Trailers, Accidents

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:34 PM | » Comments(0)

Roll-Off Truck’s Raised Rails Batter a Bridge

Truck vs. bridge: This time the truck wins.

The truck driver calls in the incident, and was reportedly fired. He probably forgot to turn off the PTO, whose pump re-raised the roll-off's rails.

January 12, 2016

Roll-off truck drivers: Did you turn off the PTO? Trucks and trailers are sometimes incompatible with overpasses. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Accidents, Bridges

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 12, 2016 8:06 AM | » Comments(1)

It's Snowing, Folks. Slow Down!

High speed plus slippery pavement equals a big crash, all caught on video.

November 12, 2014

Watch this video and see if you'd have driven into the situation differently.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Snow

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43 PM | » Comments(0)

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