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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Gallium, Jan 23, 2010.
Man, what a horrible way to go. Prayers for the driver and his family. HH
Crash and burn.
That didn't cause to much of a traffic jam. I'm sure the Northern & Southern state picked up a load.
Most accidents on the LIE take place at the maximum traffic speed of 2 mph.....
Yup, rush hour heading into the Mid-Town tunnel
Neither of those roads allow real trucks, and the NS only really goes out to about Comack.
27 and Jericho T'Pke were SLAMMED today.
Guy never had a chance...RIP.
Did it flip and explode or did it really explode and flip? A case of premature immolation?
There was a crash on 95 in Bridgeport a few years back that caused a massive fire. It was so bad that it melted the bridge that it was on, which had just been put in. They had to tear it down and replace it. 95 south was closed for a few days, talk about traffic.
Edit, here is the story
My wife lived two lots from a train track across a major 4 lane freeway. One night a train hit a fuel tanker. The driver was screaming for a while as it burned up.. Absolutely frightening way to go.
Damn good question.
"Authorities have identified the driver as 57-year-old Mujahid Shah of Brooklyn. "
That's a big bite of a crap sandwich for sure
I agree. That is one heck of a way to go. I wonder if anything was left of him.
BEFORE I looked up the article (I'd heard it on the radio), I told my wife..."Doll, Osama Bin Laden is sure to have perked up his ears on this potential delivery method of disruption, especially since so many gas stations are operated by folks of middle eastern/Indian heritage here it would be easy enough to slip in a few of his chosen operatives...".
Then I see the story on line with the guy's name, and show her, and she looked at me like >>
Back in the late 90's a drunk dentist was trying to beat a tanker truck around a curve on Central Ave in Yonkers, near Cross County Parkway. Drunk guy lost, but in the process, planted his car in the side of the truck, causing a big nasty explosion.
Unfortunately for all involved, the truck was smack dab under the Interstate (87) overpass and the resulting fire melted the overpass structure. Talk about holy inconvenience batman! The only saving grace was that Central Park is already a truck route, and that the SawMill and Sprain Parkways run parallel, with I-95 also peeling off to the right (NE) going north bound.
A few years before that, another tanker accident: Truck driver fell asleep on I-287 East in the White Plains area, hit a support pillar for an overpass - same deal. Massive closings. That bridge (local traffic OVER the interstate) was FINALLY re-opened late 2008, some 14+ (IIRC) years after the incident.
When I drive, I give big rigs a wide frigging berth, and if I have to pass them, I do try to limit the duration of time we are side-by-side.
Here in the Detroit area this past summer, a student cut off a tanker and caused it to crash and burn and it actually took the overpass down (9 mile road.) They had to repave the lanes on I-75 and replace/rebuild the bridge.
I remember that one in Bridgeport... I was still driving dumptrucks then... And NYC Drew, Osama Bin Laden is a memory and nothing more...
That explains the rolling roadblock on I-285 yesterday.
I am a Federal DOT inspector. Not hazmat certified but know a thing or two about what kind of stuff is hauled on the highways.
On your next trip, take along a hazmat guide and start reading about what some of this stuff is. You can get the numbers off the placards and look it up.
That will unnerve you to say the least. Especially when you pass them and see the driver half awake talking on his cellphone.
Thank you, Drew. This is excellent advice. Consider there are at least 9 huge tires within inches of your car with over 100 psi in them that have a very nasty habit of causing significant secondary damage when they blow. And it's a good bet 8 of the 9 are retreads.
If you've seen what they can do to 1/4" steel bar stock bumber brackets, fender brackets, light hangers, etc. when they blow, you don't want them anywhere near the 1/10" sheet metal, side glass or steering and suspension components of the family car. Hell, the sound alone can startle you into a mess of trouble.