Comments:At least two die in 15-truck pileup in California

Latest comment: 16 years ago by Rschen7754 in topic What the bleep!

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Yes, accidents happen and a blown tyre or something like that can cause a collision between a couple of semis. But to have another 13 semis pile into them and wreck the tunnel tells me there is good reason why U.S. drivers have to sit a test if they move to the U.K. --Brian McNeil / talk 20:46, 13 October 2007 (UTC)Reply

I think that's a little unfair... it's a truck tunnel, so it probably means that there are many semis going in the 45-50 range in the tunnel - probably in two lanes. If two semis crash, they will amost certainly block both lanes - and in a tunnel, trying to stop a semi at that speed, well, there is just no chance. Lyellin 21:16, 13 October 2007 (UTC)Reply
Do they not teach "stopping distance" in the U.S.? I know cars here in Europe drive too close together but a 15 truck pileup just shouldn't happen. --Brian McNeil / talk 21:25, 13 October 2007 (UTC)Reply
The speed limit on an all semi only road can vary from state to state. I know in the case of Michigan, the speed limit there on the free ways is 75 mph and 65 mph for trucks (if I recall the trucks mph). So depending on what they were carrying, how bad the wreckage was, the lights of the tunnel...for all we know the explosion was instant and the tunnel lost power...that said a chain reaction at those speeds is almost certain and again this is an only trucks road and not a single car...they can be carrying as many as two trailers at a time. DragonFire1024 (Talk to the Dragon) 21:31, 13 October 2007 (UTC)Reply
Cars are allowed in the tunnel. However, the primary use is for trucks, as there are auto lanes above. --Rschen7754 21:38, 13 October 2007 (UTC)Reply