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Out-of-Control Doubles Make Spectacular Video

On black ice, all the anti-lock braking systems in the western world can't do much to control a multi-trailer combination.

January 26, 2015

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Here are three truisms that I’ll invoke for this discussion: Black ice on roads appears suddenly and is really dangerous, a set of doubles can be hard to control, and a video is worth thousands of words.

This one is so graphic that parts of it, shot by a motorist on the New Jersey Turnpike, were picked up by ABC and CBS in their evening newscasts one day last week, when a snow and ice storm moved up the East Coast.

The double-trailer rig bounds over the guardrail separating the truck-and-auto lanes from the auto-only lanes. When it finally stops, we can see the truck driver opening his door and preparing to get out just as an unseen car smashes into the rear of his second trailer. That’s how chain-reaction crashes unfold.  

By the way, on black ice, all the anti-lock braking systems in the western world can't do much to control a multi-trailer combination, let alone a simple tractor-trailer.  

The motorist, who had the sense to hold his smart phone horizontally as he shot the video, later told a TV news interviewer that he was glad that the wreck ended with just “some bent metal.” He also said he went to church to give thanks that no one was hurt. Amen.


  1. 1. Easy X [ February 12, 2015 @ 01:57PM ]

    That's right John. Nothing like an accident to bring out xenophobic hatred and racism . Because we all know the only people who can drive a truck are white men

  2. 2. juan robledo [ February 13, 2015 @ 04:24AM ]

    I've seen this several times and I'm really glad nobody was seriously hurt or killed, the driver was driving too fast for road conditions and if he was paying attention to the road ahead and or listening to the weather broadcast, or cb he would have known what was happening before this wreck happened, and could have been avoided all together if he just slowed the heck down, be safe your not the only one out there, pay attention to your surroundings and to the roadway and traffic


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Tom Berg

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Journalist since 1965, truck writer and editor since 1978. CDL-qualified; conducts road tests on new heavy-, medium- and light-duty tractors and trucks. Specializes in vocational and hybrid vehicles.


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