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"QUANTUM SHOT" #246


Big rigs could be weapons of (almost) mass destruction

We saw how cars, cranes, other heavy machinery and even tanks get into situations where we often ask "how exactly did this happen"? This compilation does the same for semis and smaller trucks - only the consequences for careless driving are rather dire indeed.






























(images credit: Foothills Fire & Rescue)


Careful! This one is filled with explosives!


(image credit: Rowan County Department of Emergency Services)



(image credit: Gallup Independen)


Stuck










Drowned...

The first photo appears to be Interstate 10 near Houston, Texas: in 2001 a tropical storm flooded much of the city, leaving underpasses such as the one shown with as much as 20 feet of water in them.







Unauthorized Entry












The last "home intrusion" shot shows a tanker that has plowed through 3 buildings. This was taken in New Zealand, and it should be noted that the occupant of the last house was home at the time and narrowly avoided injury when the milk truck crashed into his lounge. (He was protected by the recliner he was sitting in.)
(info by Justin Smith)


Squashed by truck
















Squashed by a Russian tractor:






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This accident is probably not the driver's fault, as it happened on quite dangerous route: "The Arctic Highway" in Canada's Northwest Territories (85 percent of the road lies over frozen lakes, so ice can break at anytime and swallow the trucks)







Updated info (thanks Brian)
The ice road tanker incident occurred during the crossing of the MacKenzie River at Fort Providence. It was early in the season before the ice thickened and the road was restricted to 4000kg. The driver missed or ignored the limit sign but still managed to drive his 40,000(?) kg truck several hundred meters before sinking.


Truckers! Be careful on such roads:



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A piece of street art, for sure :)



Sources: Exler, Ochevidec, Foothills Fire & Rescue, Rowan County Department of Emergency Services, Gallup Independent

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Anonymous Justin Smith said...

The last of the "home intrusion" shots shows a tanker that has plowed through 3 buildings. This was taken in New Zealand, and it should be noted that the occupant of the last house was home at the time and narrowly avoided injury when the milk truck crashed into his lounge. (He was protected by the recliner he was sitting in.)

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Blogger B. Durbin said...

Many years ago, my cousin was driving through Kansas one winter and spun out onto the grassy median. A crazy ride, but the car stopped upright with occupants unharmed. A pause, and then a Pepsi truck fell on her car.

Pictures were taken so that they could move the truck (and she could get at her cat and birds, all of which turned out unharmed. Her French horn was not so fortunate. The pictures are very interesting, since the only thing not crushed was the driver's seat. (Alas, they have been swallowed in the backlog of my mother's online journal and I can't locate them at this time.)

My mother captions the pictures as "Taking the Pepsi Challenge."

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

interesting stories... thanks

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Blogger elve said...

I was looking at that German truck with the tube; The tube is the truck's own load which came from behind through the cab because of some abrupt braking.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the tanker through the ice is the drivers fault,it is a petro haul truck and the driver was told the ice was to thin for the weight he was hauling.he decided to go anyway and was charged,this was a truck from alberta canada

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Anonymous bryan said...

The ice road tanker incident occured crossing the Mackensie River at Fort Providence. It was early in the season before the ice thickened and the road was restricted to 4000kg. The driver missed or ignored the limit sign but still managed to drive his 40,000(?) kg truck several hundred meters before sinking. From the NWT DOT website. 2001?

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Good info guys, I updated the post.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first "Drowned" photo appears to be Interstate 10 somewhere in Houston Tx, in 2001 a tropical storm flooded much of the city, leaving underpasses such as the one shown with as much as 20 feet of water in them.

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