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Old 03-16-2021, 09:12 AM   #1
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Scary situation - truck hanging over bridge rail

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rescuers-...025622455.html


Hope this wasn't anyone from the forum, and glad everyone is okay. Glad they had good safety chains on their trailer.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:26 AM   #2
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The view out that windshield would be hard to forget!
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:32 AM   #3
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Seems like a sway issue. Just shows even with a bigger truck anything can go wrong. My guess on the high bridge a wind gust caused the event. Too bad there will likely never be a follow up story.
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The view out that windshield would be hard to forget!
I would likely have crapped myself so bad you wouldn’t be able to see out the windshield.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:57 AM   #5
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That's an amazing picture. Good safety chains and a whole lot of luck saved those two people.
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:44 PM   #6
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Remember Your Safety Chains

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a set of camp trailer safety chains and quick, careful work by emergency crews saved two people after their pickup truck plunged off a bridge, leaving them dangling above a deep gorge in southern Idaho.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-16-2021, 02:47 PM   #7
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They need to go buy a lottery ticket because they are damn lucky!
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I want to install a pair of those safety chains.
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Old 03-16-2021, 05:10 PM   #9
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wow - it must of uncoupled.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:36 PM   #10
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It makes you wonder how the 1" stud on the ball or the 9/16" hitch pin can hold up under the stress during an accident. I don't know if the hitch pin diameter was changed when using a 2-1/2" or 3" receiver, but the shank is still the same on the 2-5/16" ball.
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Old 03-16-2021, 06:44 PM   #11
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It makes you wonder how the 1" stud on the ball or the 9/16" hitch pin can hold up under the stress during an accident. I don't know if the hitch pin diameter was changed when using a 2-1/2" or 3" receiver, but the shank is still the same on the 2-5/16" ball.
Agreed! The F350 truck probably weighed 6000-7000lbs or more...dangling from the safety chains!
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I was going to post this and you beat me to it. That is some wicked wind country through that part of Idaho. I was North bound on I-15 in 2016 right through there and had a good stiff tailwind down to Pocatello until I got to Blackfoot and it turned to a quartering headwind. Made it to a little rv park just South of Idaho falls and called it a day.
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Old 03-16-2021, 07:26 PM   #13
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Is the nose actually on the relatively flat ground?

Seems like a perfect landing took enough weight off the chains so they didn't sheer and enough pull off the trailer so it didn't also go over the railing.

Unbelievably lucky.
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Is the nose actually on the relatively flat ground?

Seems like a perfect landing took enough weight off the chains so they didn't sheer and enough pull off the trailer so it didn't also go over the railing.

Unbelievably lucky.
Sorry but the nose was at least 40 feet above canyon bottom there. Parts of that canyon is 100 feet deep. Narrow but DEEP.

IIRC, safety chains are commonly rated for 10,000 working load. More to reach breaking strength.

I've driven through there numerous times and wind can really be nasty.
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Old 03-16-2021, 09:11 PM   #15
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Wow, hanging by the safety chains

This may have been posted somewhere else on the FR forum but I didn't see it yet so here you go. I saw it on the evening news and they showed the chains and the officer the reporter talked to was pretty amazed - so am I!

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Yikes!
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A little reminder to use adequate safety chains. Pay attention to the hardware you use to attach your chains to your truck. I like galvanized shackles. Do not use carabiners.
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Things are probably different on the 1 ton truck but I doubt the plate on my hitch where the chains hook in would have held the weight (weakest link...)

Oh, and DougW - "I would likely have crapped myself so bad you wouldn’t be able to see out the windshield." yeah, me too!
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Sorry but the nose was at least 40 feet above canyon bottom there. Parts of that canyon is 100 feet deep. Narrow but DEEP.

IIRC, safety chains are commonly rated for 10,000 working load. More to reach breaking strength.

I've driven through there numerous times and wind can really be nasty.
Looking at the pic, I see what he's talking about. It looks like there was an outcrop that the nose of the truck ended up resting on that took some of the weight off.

Although it's difficult to tell for sure from the angle the pic was taken.

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