Post by ProudCanuck on Aug 19, 2008 12:13:32 GMT -8
So I'm driving home last night along Hwy 99... I get through the Massey tunnel and just past the Hwy 17 exit, when I hear on AM730, that traffic is slow near the Ladner Trunk Road (Hwy 10) overpass due to a truck with a shifted load that may have hit the overpass. Well traffic slowed to a crawl near the Delta works yard. So it was a nice 15-20 minute crawl to the overpass… they kept repeating this on the news, and saying that there were surveyors onsite checking the overpass, the truck was off to the side, but people are slowing to look at the truck.
Well can you blame them? How often do you see this on your commute? What would you do? It was so slow… I had time to fumble for my camera and snap a pic!
Post by ferryking guest on Aug 19, 2008 14:26:31 GMT -8
We haul heavy equipment and the parts that go with them...and it would be my guess that this is an ileagal load...usually you would see these types of loads on flat bed trailers...layed flat and tied down. Well, at least in Alberta you would see it that way. The rules of the road are different between provinces...but it still looks like a; "hey lets quickly throw these in vertically and get them to the destination"
I work in an office on Main St in North Van, and quite often I see massive tires on a flat bed go by. . .typically they have just come off a ship. Usually they are wide loads too, which makes me figure that whoever loaded these up didn't want to deal with making it a wide load and the additional costs that can go along with it. So much for saving some money!
I do not think I have ever seen anything like that! In BC, and almost all of Canada you may be 4.15m (13'6) high. Anything over that can be moved on a permit which most of the time will specify the route, hours of the day and days of the week that you may travel. So it would be my guess that, this was a attempt to get around the permit, that failed to spectacular effect!
I'll weigh in here on this. My guess is that they were shipped via DeltaPort in that very container from some overseas point of origin - easier to top load an open top container than to load a wide one. Once at DeltaPort, they should have either (a) been pulled out of the intermodal container and loaded on a flat deck truck either (i) flat as a wide load, or (ii) vertical on a low-bed trailer with proper blocking, the same as shipping rolls of steel or paper; (b) if they were to continue in their intermodal container, then a specialized low-bed heavy haul trailer (where you can expand the trailer around the load) should have been utilized to load the entire intermodal container on a low chassis for transport.
Three factors caused this accident: Speed, Greed and Stupidity.
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