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Old 10-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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log truck dump, rider fatality

RIP, damn
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Scariest thing on the road. Ever been hit by a chunk of bark? I have, just south of Forks, WA. Frickin near took my head off. I give these fuckers WIDE birth.

I know few buddies in West Van that age. Looks like a Hinckley Triumph Rocket 3, red. Nobody I know.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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They are everywhere over here on the Island - someone told me there were a couple hundred truck loads leaving the Cowichan Valley every day. A driver of a pick-up was killed last year as he was following a truck on the #18 highway - they figure a rock was stuck between the logging truck rear duellies and it got launched straight back through his windshield. His wife has the presence of mind to grab the wheel and coast it to the side of the road. They never did find the actual truck that did this. I tend to duck down below the level of my windscreen whenever they pass - I don't need a projectile coming my way.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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not good at all. I saw some on the biggest and overloaded looking trucks this weekend as I headed up to Slave Lake for the day.

Its a very sad situation all around.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #5
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I don't think overloaded is the issue here. From the truck drivers I talked to down in the local tavern, it would seem that they are quite respectful of load limitations for public highways - my guess is that the weigh scales are very unforgiving to those who exceed their ratings. I watched one guy yanking off a log or two from his truck to get under his limitation - very ingenious he was. My guess is that highway speed is the biggest culprit - they get paid for what they haul, not by the hour so they haul ass to get those loads down to the sorting areas. Shifting loads don't help things either.
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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Shifting loads don't help things either.
Also an improperly loaded truck could help the load shift.
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:12 PM   #7
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Also an improperly loaded truck could help the load shift.
That's one of, if not the biggest reason for load spills .... a truck that was not loaded properly.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:19 AM   #8
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not good at all. I saw some on the biggest and overloaded looking trucks this weekend as I headed up to Slave Lake for the day.

Its a very sad situation all around.
Just because a truck looks overloaded doesn't mean that it is. Important to think rationally when talking about topics that generate an emotional response. Perception is everything.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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I swear those guys are trying to kill me, every time I meet one on a logging road.
Barely in control, going to beat hell.
Gotta be hyper-aware, at all times.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:20 AM   #10
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I swear those guys are trying to kill me, every time I meet one on a logging road.
Barely in control, going to beat hell.
Gotta be hyper-aware, at all times.
no. not trying to kill you, just trying to earn a living. most of these guys get paid by the load, more loads, more money, which usually leads to more risk. it happens.

also you would be shocked how much weight these trucks are capable of hauling. they are rarely overloaded, but sometimes improperly loaded. i ALWAYS pull over and give right of weigh. you only get hit with a fist sized rock once to learn that lesson.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:06 AM   #11
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Trailers...

A bit off topic, but not really, be careful around boat trailers- especially ones with saltwater craft! Give lots of distance!

Me and my bro were riding out of Gold river towards Strathcona Park following a charter company truck with a triple axle boat trailer, and I started smelling an oily rubbery odor, next thing I know, a back wheel is leaning at 45 degrees! I back waay off, and start flashing my lights and honking to try and get his attention, to no avail....We approach the Strathcona Junction, and the wheel falls off, passes the truck, and unpredictably bounces through the intersection, into the bank, up 20 feet, back onto the road, then back into the ditch....Could have been really bad scene on that twisty road.

We stopped to see if the driver needed help, and he seemed to act like it happens to him all the time.... Maybe it does!

Be careful out there people!
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:35 AM   #12
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Wait for the facts...

Try this link for some of the info...
http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whi...16&storyPage=1
the portion of road that this occurred on is slow moving, typicaly, logging truck drivers don't blow through town like its NASCAR weekend.
the cyclist may play a part, the bunk trip mechanism may have played a part, the bundle cable could have played a part... we shall see, we shall see.
Lots of motorcyclists are clobbered by everyday drivers with all kinds of stupit reasons, phones, food, kids, booze...etc.
Truck drivers are typically way more aware of motorcyclists than the average ding-bat out there, but its up to us all to be vigilant, a chunk of bark in the mouth wouldn't taste good on any day.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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A bit off topic, but not really, be careful around boat trailers- especially ones with saltwater craft! Give lots of distance!

Me and my bro were riding out of Gold river towards Strathcona Park following a charter company truck with a triple axle boat trailer, and I started smelling an oily rubbery odor, next thing I know, a back wheel is leaning at 45 degrees! I back waay off, and start flashing my lights and honking to try and get his attention, to no avail....We approach the Strathcona Junction, and the wheel falls off, passes the truck, and unpredictably bounces through the intersection, into the bank, up 20 feet, back onto the road, then back into the ditch....Could have been really bad scene on that twisty road.
Same thing happened to me near Port Renfrew a few years ago. The truck/boat owner did notice my attempts to get his attention and pulled to the side of the road before the wheel actually departed his boat trailer. What a stink. He thanked me, unhooked his trailer and headed off to Victoria to get parts.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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article, looks like he just was in wrong place and got it. RIP
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