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Hard work 
Saturday, April 12, 2008, 9:45 - Wrecks
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If you try really hard, you can jacknife a U-Haul trailer on a dry road! :roll:
Cell Phone Safety 
Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 2:51 - Wrecks
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This was automatically translated by Google from the original Portuguese news story, then I cleaned it up some to make it readable.
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Much has been spoken of the risks involving the use of mobile phones at gas stations. Here, the situation was even more serious because the employee was preparing the truck for the unloading of fuel and opened the mouth of truck tank and illuminated the interior with his phone (observe when he takes the phone of the pocket). Well, phones are not explosion-proof equipment, a small spark generated by the press of the key was sufficient. His clothes caught fire by being impregnated with fumes from gasoline. He died three days later. Note that the hose was already connected to the underground tank.
Tie It Down 
Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 14:24 - Wrecks
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Laid over in Fresno. My next load picks up at 2300 tonight in Commerce, CA and heads out to Mechanicsburg, PA.

Picture from Europe. Didn't secure his load properly.
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Not A Happy Camper 
Friday, February 22, 2008, 17:41 - Wrecks
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Fresno, CA

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Motorcycle Headache 
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 15:17 - Wrecks
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They estimated he was doing about 120 MPH when he rear-ended the Yellow Freight truck. The truck driver thought he had been rear-ended by another truck.

If you got the email I forwarded yesterday, it was wrong. The helmet didn't help, he's dead.
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Rolling 
Thursday, February 07, 2008, 17:04 - Wrecks
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When the say 'Keep on rolling', They don't mean rolling over

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Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! 
Thursday, January 24, 2008, 23:53 - Wrecks
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This is what happens when a jostler (aka yard goat) goes around a corner way too fast. I've never heard of one rolling over before. :roll:

Jostlers are small, fast, very maneuverable tractors used to move trailers around a truck yard. They have a hydraulic fifth wheel so the driver doesn't have to crank up the trailer's landing gear. He just backs under it, attaches an air line to release the trailer's brakes, and pulls a lever to pick up the front of the trailer off the ground.

It's kinda funny to see them at air freight terminals with big red stickers saying JET FUEL ONLY. Jet fuel & diesel fuel are different blends of the same thing. Jet fuel is formulated to stay fluid at the extremely cold temperatures at high altitudes. As a result, it produces slightly less power than diesel fuel, but not enough less to be a problem. On the other hand, the higher temperature that diesel fuel burns at would quickly damage a jet engine. This is one reason why airports don't want it around. A mistake could be deadly. :shock:

For size reference, there is a person standing right in the middle of the picture.
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Brutal 
Sunday, December 09, 2007, 16:22 - Wrecks
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Friday was a rough day in Wyoming. This is a truck on it's side.

I went through 5 gallons of windshield washer/deicer fluid.
Let's go camping! 
Tuesday, October 02, 2007, 16:57 - Wrecks
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Like my new trailer? I can drive really fast while I tow it!

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But I thought you checked... 
Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 17:42 - Wrecks
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This is what happens when you don't get the trailer properly hooked. They used 3 forklifts to pick up the front of the trailer.

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More Reefer Madness 
Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 12:12 - Wrecks
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You shoulda seen the other guy! 
Saturday, September 22, 2007, 9:03 - Wrecks
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This was the best pic I got. A UPS truck apparently pulled in front of this truck on I-40 between Vega & Adrian, TX. The UPS tractor & front trailer burned to the ground. Look closely, the trailer is missing it's tandems (axles). Both drivers were sent to the hospital.

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Weekend off 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 22:29 - Wrecks
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I'm going to be home this weekend. Hitting the road again Monday. I had to get a DOT physical in Washington today to renew my medical certificate. The company paid for it.

This is what happens when your co-driver cuts the wheel too early. He scraped the trailer along this truck's fender.

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Eating ravioli... 
Sunday, September 02, 2007, 18:50 - Wrecks
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...while they weld the bumper back on this trailer. Picked up a load in Bordentown, NJ that delivers Tuesday morning in Salem, MA. (Holidays are usally problems for truckers, everybody's closed) While doing a walk around on the trailer I noticed a little problem. :?

The driver that dropped off this trailer forgot to mention that he hit something with the rear bumper, at high speed. :roll: It was held on by about 4"-5" of weld. Kinda like a giant hangnail. :shock:

We're already parked because of the holiday, so it's not a big deal. Still kind of frustrating though.
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Oops... 
Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 0:25 - Wrecks
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Don't hit trees

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