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  •  If there was oversight (1+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril

    They would have made them wait out the winds. And keep easily crushed vehicles away. And had flag cars that drove ahead far enough the load can stop. And not brought the load onto a city center in middle of a workday.

    •  Read the article... (0+ / 0-)

      The article you linked to describes the restrictions. They are implemented through the permitting process.

      The route was likely chosen carefully -- time of day is specifically mentioned for permitting -- and likely for absence of sharp turns and low overpasses.

      There's a small but significant industry that deals with moving very large things from place A to place B.

      In this case it looks like not enough care was taken in the truck and/or its weighting. From the picture, it looks significantly overbalanced/top-heavy. Gradings on interstate highways are quite gentle.

      •  Interesting. (0+ / 0-)

        You obviously have not deduced from my POINTED  questions that I am familiar with the transportation industry.

        Please continue the pointless lecture.

        Repeating the fact it got a permit reinforces my points on oversight BTW-asleep at the wheel or bought off does not matter. There are safer ways to do things but they cost more.

    •  The middle of the workday is usually the (1+ / 0-)
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      Creosote

      Safest time to transport large loads.

      Early morning has fog, icy bridge decks, etc.  You try to work outside outside rush hour, if at all possible.  Night has poor visibility.

      Roads don't just belong to passenger cars and buses. I know many people think that, as they whip in and out of semis, RVS,  manufactured homes, heavy equipment, boats, and even aircraft driving or being transported down the interstate.

      Public roadways exist to move humans, support commerce AND support infrastructure.

      Departments of Transportation do a good job, overall, trying to keep opposing forces from bothering each other too much.

      When I'm driving behind semis that are driving 30mph on an interstate or waiting for the drawbridge on I5, it's frustrating. But the common good is something we progressives are supposed to believe in.

      When I see trucks hauling big stuff, I stay way far out of the way. I've driven around too many logging trucks, which scare the bejeebies out of me.  

      I realize they need a lot of space. I don't think they don't deserve to be on the road with me.

      And I thank God that Mr Cole reacted so quickly and the other driver was barely injured.

      Just my perspective.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:04:46 PM PDT

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