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      04-29-2019 07:54 AM #15826
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      I question his experience... "freezing up" in an emergency situation shows a lack of experience.


      I'm curious how many of these runaway ramps he ignored. I think the last one before the scene of the accident is right here [MAP], five miles from the accident. Where was the one he missed in that video?

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      04-29-2019 08:38 AM #15827
      Apologies if this is old footage, I couldn't find any relevant news story online or in the reddit comments.

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      04-29-2019 08:47 AM #15828
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post

      I'm curious how many of these runaway ramps he ignored. I think the last one before the scene of the accident is right here [MAP], five miles from the accident. Where was the one he missed in that video?
      He had one ramp to catch and it's the one in your map. He misses that one and that's it. There aren't any more
      So once he blew past the runoff ramp he gets the next sign


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      04-29-2019 08:52 AM #15829
      Quote Originally Posted by Just another GTI View Post
      While driving in the eastern US the only state I've driven in that has runaway truck ramps is Pennsylvania.

      Just an observation.
      Eastern US doesn't have the sort of long mountainous stretches to warrant one being built. (cost is probably a couple million dollars to put a ramp in.) . So there's that

      There are almost 200 runaway truck ramps in the U.S. Not surprisingly, most of them are in the mountainous western states. When considering where to install a runaway truck ramp, states look at:

      the number of accidents caused by runaway trucks and where they occur
      issues at the end of the grade (is there an abrupt bend? a traffic entry point? any buildings?)
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      04-29-2019 08:55 AM #15830
      Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Mouse View Post
      He had one ramp to catch and it's the one in your map. He misses that one and that's it. There aren't any more
      So once he blew past the runoff ramp he gets the next sign

      Reports from the person with the dashcam was:

      “He picked up speed and just pretty much started swerving again. There [were] cars in front of him and as soon as he would get closer to the cars in front of him he’d swerve and so he doesn’t hit them,” the man who recorded the video told CBS4.
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      04-29-2019 09:23 AM #15831
      Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Dimento View Post
      Eastern US doesn't have the sort of long mountainous stretches to warrant one being built. (cost is probably a couple million dollars to put a ramp in.) . So there's that
      Avon Mountain (Rt 44) in Connecticut has long downhill stretches and runaway truck ramp. The state installed the ramp after a deadly crash involving a dump truck with lost brakes.



      The 2005 crash:


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      04-29-2019 09:45 AM #15832
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      Avon Mountain (Rt 44) in Connecticut has long downhill stretches and runaway truck ramp. The state installed the ramp after a deadly crash involving a dump truck with lost brakes.


      interesting, so besides Pennsylvania perhaps a few more. That ramp looks not all that much to stop a fully loaded semi, but what do I know.
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      04-29-2019 09:56 AM #15833
      Quote Originally Posted by audifans View Post
      interesting, so besides Pennsylvania perhaps a few more. That ramp looks not all that much to stop a fully loaded semi, but what do I know.
      ok . so the truck arrester system seems to work.
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      04-29-2019 09:59 AM #15834
      Quote Originally Posted by audifans View Post
      interesting, so besides Pennsylvania perhaps a few more. That ramp looks not all that much to stop a fully loaded semi, but what do I know.
      I especially enjoy the signs on west I70 after the tunnel. It flattens out right after Dillon and they suggest you ride it out.

      I hear they got tired of the out of control trucks panicking and taking the Silverthorne exit.

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      04-29-2019 10:03 AM #15835
      Quote Originally Posted by audifans View Post
      interesting, so besides Pennsylvania perhaps a few more. That ramp looks not all that much to stop a fully loaded semi, but what do I know.
      They're not 'rare' in the East per se. There are a couple in WV on the Highland Scenic Highway (WV-48), and I remember a few on I-81 in the mountainous portions in VA/TN.
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      04-29-2019 10:06 AM #15836
      heh.. I saw that




      These arrester systems are something.



      And:

      You have the highest capacity truck ramp in the world in Buffalo, Wyo. It is rated at 90 miles an hour at 90,000 lbs."
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
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      04-29-2019 10:19 AM #15837
      Quote Originally Posted by audifans View Post

      These arrester systems are something.


      Looks like the Wyoming folks are going to have to go back to crunch the numbers. That semi above went all the way thru to the last catchnet.



      Wyoming Department of Transportation engineers are investigating why a roughly 30,000-pound runaway truck went through seven catchnets Tuesday and was caught only by the last remaining one.
      that (above) truck on Teton Pass was moving at 55mph when lost it's brakes. Wyoming DOT gets a little nervous when it blows right thru to the last stop
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      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
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      04-29-2019 10:41 AM #15838
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      They're not 'rare' in the East per se. There are a couple in WV on the Highland Scenic Highway (WV-48), and I remember a few on I-81 in the mountainous portions in VA/TN.
      I bet if you got a list of all of fatalities on US highways due to runaway trucks, those results would probably pinpoint exactly where most of them are.

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      04-29-2019 10:51 AM #15839
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      They're not 'rare' in the East per se. There are a couple in WV on the Highland Scenic Highway (WV-48), and I remember a few on I-81 in the mountainous portions in VA/TN.
      To add to the list, there's at least one in Western Massachusetts along I90 eastbound.


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      04-29-2019 11:33 AM #15840
      I'm sure it's an E ticket ride to hit one of those runway truck ramps
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      04-29-2019 11:42 AM #15841
      Sounds like we could use a "Runaway Truck Ramp Appreciation Thread"

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      04-29-2019 12:11 PM #15842
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      Sounds like we could use a "Runaway Truck Ramp Appreciation Thread"
      Indeed.

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      04-29-2019 12:50 PM #15843
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      Indeed.


      If I was in a runaway truck and saw that ramp, I would have a hard time putting my faith into it (even though I assume it is engineered to slow a truck down correctly). It looks like a jump with a big drop off at the end.

    20. 04-29-2019 12:51 PM #15844
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      It looks like a jump with a big drop off at the end.
      Exactly what I thought. Runaway truck launcher. Run away, and you won't come back.

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    21. 04-29-2019 12:53 PM #15845
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      If I was in a runaway truck and saw that ramp, I would have a hard time putting my faith into it (even though I assume it is engineered to slow a truck down correctly). It looks like a jump with a big drop off at the end.
      If your choice is hitting a questionable looking ramp or hitting damn near every car in front of you, there really is a clear choice here.
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      04-29-2019 01:02 PM #15846
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Damn.... the homeless guy jumped in to rescue people.
      It's not as if he's on a tight schedule...
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      04-29-2019 01:02 PM #15847
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      If I was in a runaway truck and saw that ramp, I would have a hard time putting my faith into it (even though I assume it is engineered to slow a truck down correctly). It looks like a jump with a big drop off at the end.
      It's a deep pit of stone. You sink and you stop.

      But if that one scares you, you'd hate the one a few miles prior (west). It's right before a bridge, and doesn't go up hill at all. At the end of it is a drop into the ravine below.

      I don't think either of them have been used by truckers, but occasionally, you'll see the odd set of tracks into them... presumably a dumbass drunk in a pickup who wanted to "try somethin'."
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      04-29-2019 01:57 PM #15848
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      Yep... If he had been going slow enough to make the corner right before Exit 259, he had 4 miles of mild grade to bleed off speed before the accident site.

      I look forward to what the investigation shows.
      Link to image showing the elevation profile of that stretch of road.
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      It's not a mild grade. Not for a fully loaded semi with smoked brakes.

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      04-29-2019 02:10 PM #15849
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      Guy pulls a camper thru pedestrian overpass. Well, not really.



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