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18-Wheeler Truck Hit by Train in South Carolina

In an example of what not to do while operating an 18-wheeler, a truck driver tried to cross the tracks at N. Main Street and Railroad Drive, near Duke's Barbecue, as a train was passing, according to Live5 News. Consequently, the 18-wheeler was pummeled by the train and the driver was seriously injured. Hopefully, they'll be able to make a full a recovery.

Trucking accidents and train accidents are terrible individually, but when these two major-duty machines collide in a single accident, the damage can be severe. The truck driver is lucky to be alive.

In 2008, there were over 120,000 truck accidents with over 4,000 of those accidents leading to a fatality. To make matters worse, it's been reported that thousands of trucks violate basic federal safety standards and fail to have serviceable brakes, trained drivers, and/or quality tires.

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As an injury lawyer who works for a firm that represents people seriously hurt in truck accidents,
something needs to be done to correct these violations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs to send a clear message that safety is a top priority. The truck drivers who handle their vehicles irresponsibly and the trucking companies who send out these vehicles with defective equipment are unacceptable. This type of behavior puts all of our lives at risk.

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It occurred to me that steel on steel is great for low rolling resistance and thus efficient transportation per ton, but poor in stopping ability. I think a separate stopping function should be made available to trains, so that an engineer can decide how much decelleration force he chooses to deploy. Simple blocks of electromagnets and pole pieces would drop by gravity to the rails. These would be connected by arms similar in strength to train car couplers (very strong) and articulated to keep the braking assembley aligned with the rail and parallel. The best ramp-up of magnetic braking over the ensuing milliseconds of deployment would no doubt require considerable, but not expensive testing. THIS COULD PREVENT MANY SUCH FUTURE ACCIDENTS. Please help me to know how to release this without any profit to anyone including myself, like freeware or similar constructs. [email protected]
by Robert Weimar February 10, 2010 at 06:12 AM
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