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Posted: 3/8/2006 5:03:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 5:17:20 PM EDT by jstang]
www.klr650.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9152

Man, look how far into the bridge deck this went!! Impressive.

Hays — Part of Interstate 70 was expected to remain closed through Friday after a piece of construction equipment that was being hauled on the flatbed of a tractor-trailer crashed into an overpass.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” said Kevin Zimmer, area engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation in Hays. “We have bridges that get hit fairly regularly, but it’s usually a small impact that removes a small amount of concrete. This is pretty substantial.”

The crash happened Monday night when the boom on the track hoe excavator struck the overpass. The collision left the boom sticking through the deck of the bridge, about a mile west of Hays’ main 1-70 interchange.

“He was just too tall for the bridge,” Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Allan Lytton said. The rig’s driver wasn’t injured. Nor was the driver of a sport utility vehicle struck with debris from the collision. Lytton said he was not sure whether a citation was issued. “If he’s over height, we’ll have to deal with that somehow,” he said.

Eastbound traffic was being detoured Tuesday around a four-mile stretch of I-70. Westbound traffic was not affected. The bridge also remained closed Tuesday while authorities examined the damage and determined what repairs need to be made.

“It could be a matter of removing the damaged part and replacing the middle section in the best case,” Zimmer said. “In the worst case, the whole bridge would have to come down.” Zimmer estimated a partial replacement could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, while a new bridge could total more than $1 million.


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Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:06:07 PM EDT
Registration required. Impressive.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:08:14 PM EDT
650's for noobs!

KLX250S is where its at!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:17:46 PM EDT
pics and story added
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:18:37 PM EDT
That will buff out.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:19:55 PM EDT
HOLY JESUS! It cut the damned bridge almost in half! AND it looks like you could damn near use that excavator again, hardly any damage.

Wow.......
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:21:06 PM EDT
Somebody is gonna be in big trouble...
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:21:13 PM EDT
That guy has to feel like crap. Funny for us though.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:22:21 PM EDT
Tha driver and his company will be paying some hefty bills.

See sig line.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:22:28 PM EDT
whooooops


someone's unemployed (or union)
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:23:19 PM EDT
seen that happen up here in Maine....not that damaging but it's impressive....amazing what happens when you don't secure the boom!

expeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeensive mistake!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:24:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EvilDead:
That guy has to feel like crap.


no he won't!

I have been backed into twice.... "it's just a truck" is what they say!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:27:51 PM EDT
Lolyds of london wont be happy.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:29:27 PM EDT
Was the boom extended?
How would this have happened?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:29:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 5:30:05 PM EDT by bytor94]
I don't think that is going to buff right out.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:29:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:36:42 PM EDT
Would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall for that ass-chewing.

-K
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:38:59 PM EDT
Wow
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:40:05 PM EDT
I just showed this to my brother. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Structural Engineering. At one time he worked for the Texas Highway Department. He found this pretty amazing, especially that the bridge is still standing. He is guessing that the boom/arm of the excavator was just a bit to high and when it struck the bridge, the force caused the arm to extend at the same time it was moving forward allowing it to cut through the bridge. Otherwise, it probably would not have gone in so far.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:42:02 PM EDT
most truckers only have 100,000 cargo and 1,000,000 in liability. That went his whole 9 lives for sure!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:43:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By IchWarrior:
650's for noobs!

KLX250S is where its at!



No Chance. We all know Cat makes the only decent excavators on the market.

They already have the excavator there. Just use it to bring down the rest of the bridge.

And No, That will NOT buff out.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:45:14 PM EDT
Had that happen here in MD a few years ago, except the entire ped bridge collapsed and killed someone when it crushed their car.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:46:28 PM EDT
Damn, the bridge is now converted to a draw bridge.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:47:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 5:49:44 PM EDT by ar-wrench]
Where was the lead escort with high pole? Oversize/over height loads require escorts and pole trucks in most civilized states for this very reason. This is worse than an ND or a DWI as it is pure stupidity, the driver should lose his CDL for 2 years, and the company should pay a huge insurence premium increase as well as having to pay for the bridge.

Hold their titties to the fire so other companies/drivers will think twice.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:48:18 PM EDT
I wonder what that would have looked like for anyone driving across the bridge
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:50:34 PM EDT
That happened near here a few weeks ago, I was impressed to see just how far it made it through the bridge.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:51:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 6:00:00 PM EDT by Outsider_10fp]
I am a "flatbed" puller.
First it is an RGN (Removable Goose Neck)

He was running around 70mph (guess) the elbow of the boom caught the edge of the bridge and physics took over.
It takes our trucks about 150' BEFORE the brakes engage AFTER we mashed the pedal.
That will explain how he went in so far.

The driver is gonna have a LOT of questions to answer, so is the Carrier (the one whos name is on the doors).
I am in jacksonville FL at one of our terminals, and was walking around asking "WHO DID THIS?" Everyone was denying it.

We are all Owners of trucks and we sat and laughed our ass' off!

ARwrench------ it was more than likely a "non escorted" load. he was more than likely 13'6" IF he'd put the boom right
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 5:55:40 PM EDT
And people say Hyundai's aren't tough.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 6:05:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ar-wrench:
Where was the lead escort with high pole? Oversize/over height loads require escorts and pole trucks in most civilized states for this very reason. This is worse than an ND or a DWI as it is pure stupidity, the driver should lose his CDL for 2 years, and the company should pay a huge insurence premium increase as well as having to pay for the bridge.

Hold their titties to the fire so other companies/drivers will think twice.



As a small business owner.....

Assuming all the laws were being followed at the company level , at what point do you want the company to go belly up at the expense of a single dumb@ss driver? What if the trucking company is small operator that just bought their second or third truck and 2nd or 3rd driver? Should a person lose everything because of a bone headed employee? I doubt many small companies can afford the insurance to cover a freak accident like that. That will cost millions of dollars to fix. Esp. with the .gov bidding out the job.

Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:14:09 PM EDT
Shucks....a little driveway patch and she'll be good as new.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:15:31 PM EDT
wow!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:22:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Outsider_10fp:
I am a "flatbed" puller.
First it is an RGN (Removable Goose Neck)

He was running around 70mph (guess) the elbow of the boom caught the edge of the bridge and physics took over.
It takes our trucks about 150' BEFORE the brakes engage AFTER we mashed the pedal.
That will explain how he went in so far.

The driver is gonna have a LOT of questions to answer, so is the Carrier (the one whos name is on the doors).
I am in jacksonville FL at one of our terminals, and was walking around asking "WHO DID THIS?" Everyone was denying it.

We are all Owners of trucks and we sat and laughed our ass' off!

ARwrench------ it was more than likely a "non escorted" load. he was more than likely 13'6" IF he'd put the boom right




Sounds like someone works for Landstar?!?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 8:45:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2006 8:47:56 PM EDT by viator]
This is unusual. Hydraulic excavators of this size are almost always loaded on the trailer facing the other direction. In other words, the boom faces the rear of the trailer, not the front.

Usually the trailer has a pocket cut in the deck so that the end of the dipstick where the bucket connects can sit down in it. This helps to gain several inches of clearance, reducing the overall height. Because this excavator was loaded in the opposite direction, there may have been no pocket available. The pockets are at the rear of the trailer deck. If they did have the machine sitting in a pocket at the front and it bounced out, that could have raised it enough to make contact.

There are also other types of trailers made that could carry the machine lower. At this point, I’ll bet that they wished that they had used one.

Also, that is a long boom and stick on that 290. It is a long-reach set up. That is one reason why it sticks up so high through the bridge deck. A standard trenching boom and stick would be a lot shorter.

My guess is that the leading edge of the 290, which would have been the place where the boom and the stick are pinned together, hit the bridge, broke a hole, and then rocked up through.

My brother hit a bridge once with one of our machines and I saw a similar reaction. The machine was smaller and the bridge was bigger, so it didn’t poke through the deck.

I once worked on a site where the bail on a Cat 637 hit the underside of a bridge while doing an undercut on a state highway job. Messed the beam up big time.

As someone said, that ain’t gonna buff out.

Feel sorry for everyone involved.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 9:01:37 PM EDT
damn! that's f-ed up!
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 9:25:38 PM EDT
OOPPS! Saw that happen with a dump truck on I-75 in Richmond Ky! Guy hit the overpass with his dump bed up(how the hell he could'nt see it is beyond me!) BTW,no longer playing big-truck driver,10 plus years is long enough. Idiots,traffic,harder rules,lousy companies,and a CH.7,just sick and tired of it!
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