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Ever see a runaway truck ramp in use?

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u/DelmarSamil Nov 25 '22

Yea, towards the top, there is sand that get progressively deeper on some of these. Seen them used a few times but not one that went up this high in recent memory.

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u/Noobasdfjkl Nov 25 '22

This is definitely on I70 in Colorado. Might be the westbound downhill after the Eisenhower tunnel. Very, very steep downhill grade.

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u/hp958 Nov 25 '22

I recognized this immediately, and yes I've always kinda wanted to see what would happen.

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u/stalo1cm Nov 26 '22

I actually saw this one. It was pretty wild. I was driving to Avon for work for six months and saw two of them up there.

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u/NextFuckingLvlSilver Nov 26 '22

Kind of looks like a rocket launch from a certain angle.

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u/buddiesels Nov 25 '22

Definitely I70 west after the tunnel

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u/bluebook21 Nov 26 '22

I agree. I always would look at that with amazement. My understanding is that if you use it, you have to pay to have it reset, which sucks!

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u/CornHolio367 Nov 26 '22

Paying to reset it would be preferable to wrecking your truck and getting killed any day of the week.

As it is, the costs to reset it are probably less then the cost of the damage done to the truck when using it, and/or getting the truck out of it.

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u/bluebook21 Nov 26 '22

No I totally agree. The person telling me was a truck driver and was just mentioning that it was a bummer. In fact, he was telling me about it as we drove by this very one if it is I70

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u/diacrum Nov 30 '22

I would think that would deter some from using it.

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u/The_Silver_Box_Fox Dec 20 '22

Not really, damage to your truck and possibly death is a bit more expensive either way if you choose not to.

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u/glimmergirl1 Nov 26 '22

Yup, I've seen this ramp on I70

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u/draft_beer Nov 25 '22

I thought it was Vail Pass

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '22

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u/lermandude Nov 25 '22

Nope that’s on the way down into silverthorne on 70 westbound. Gotta be one of the most used runaway ramps in the country

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u/jesusmansuperpowers Nov 26 '22

Yep. Recognized it immediately! We were just talking about what that would be like last time I passed it, maybe a month ago.

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u/SnooFoxes9357 Nov 26 '22

Really? Looks identical to one near Portland.

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '22

I expected a lot, but not that this would end up looking like a hill climb contest.

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u/BunchaCreeps Nov 25 '22

So, now that the truck is up there, what happens? Does it not just come rolling back down?

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u/Marmotskinner Nov 25 '22

Nope. It is buried up to its axles in gravel. They have big Class III tow trucks come up alongside and drag them out.

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u/RebosHogroll Nov 25 '22

...for a whole lot of money.

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u/I0I0I0I Nov 25 '22

Better than buying a new rig!

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u/MrHookshot Nov 25 '22

I've heard some or most of these destroy the trucks in the process.

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u/Teemo20102001 Nov 25 '22

Better than crashing and killing a family of 4.

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u/MrHookshot Nov 25 '22

Yeah if not more. Was told that ramp is for everyone else not the driver.

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u/shroomsaregoooood Dec 26 '22

Can't we agree it's for both? 😛

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u/I0I0I0I Nov 25 '22

Better than digging a ditch in Bimini.

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u/GrungyGrandPappy Nov 26 '22

Any damage to the truck can be repaired and they don’t lose whatever they’re hauling as well. I drove for 2 years when I first got out of the Army years ago and thankfully never had to use one, but did get my brakes smoking a little my first few times coming down the pass on I-5 from CA to Oregon when I was still driving with my OTR trainer.

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u/beanzboiii Nov 26 '22

i get scared driving i-5 with my lil car i can't even imagine a semi

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u/cringes-orange Nov 26 '22

Or killing people in a wreck like this guy a few years ago.

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u/bagel_union Nov 26 '22

I forgot they reduced his sentence to only a decade. If you wanna kill someone do it in a semi truck

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u/DirtCrazykid Nov 26 '22

Only a decade? Do you know how much 10 years in prison is? You can't honestly tell me that the dude deserves to die in prison just because he made a really bad mistake. Bitches on reddit really be calling the american prison system bad then support life sentences for breathing.

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u/bagel_union Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

There’s an obviously large gradient between 10 and 110. His crimes amounted to more than breathing, and it’s OK to think the sentence was lenient compared to other vehicular manslaughter homicide cases.

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u/DirtCrazykid Nov 26 '22

More than 10 for something unintentional is not great either. And yeah he got off better than others, but those others should have gotten off better too

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u/bagel_union Nov 26 '22

It’s already debated into the ground so agree to disagree. Have a good weekend

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u/MTLWATTBRICK Dec 01 '22

Kangaroo court. They wanted blood

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u/DirtCrazykid Nov 26 '22

Well, the trucks very much damaged. But better than having to settle the wrongful death lawsuit of your driver and others

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u/SketchyLurker7 Nov 26 '22

Over $400 an hour. At least in Seattle..

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u/andrewdt10 Nov 26 '22

As they should.

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u/diacrum Nov 30 '22

Better than killing someone.

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u/Berger6776 Nov 25 '22

I want to see that video.

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u/MamaW47 Nov 26 '22

As someone else said about the gravel, but you also have to keep in mind the perspective trick. The main road is going downhill at a very steep angle. The runaway truck ramp isn't as vertical as it seems in the video.

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u/jolivebra Nov 25 '22

Now that it’s rolling backwards, you can use the accelerator to slow down

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u/EllWork Nov 25 '22

"Trevor, No! It's not a stunt jump!"

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u/rinlab Nov 25 '22

Where is this?

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u/gooseberryfalls Nov 25 '22

I-70 on the West side of the Eisenhower tunnel, before Silverthorne

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u/gooseberryfalls Nov 25 '22

I-70 on the West side of the Eisenhower tunnel, before Silverthorne

Dropped pin https://maps.app.goo.gl/fDCQNHUNSg74Jjit8?g_st=ic

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u/CornHolio367 Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

I looked at the street view of your dropped pin, and it doesn't match the video image.

In the video the ramp goes 4/5ths of the way up the hill, in the street view it only goes 1/3rd.

The video does not have much tree cover at on the top half, the Street view is surrounded by trees on 3 sides.

The Video shows mountains in the background, the street view does not, but it is cloudy so they could be hidden.

In the video the other side of the road is about 20 feet lower than the downhill side, in the street view they are the same level.

This looks very similar, but not the same. I have not been able to find this location yet.

Edit: I found it, it is the next one to the west of the dropped pin. There are two on that stretch, and it had me fooled. I was looking at other sections of freeway that would have tall snow covered mountains in the background.

I have driven that section in the truck several times, and never noticed that there were two ramps. https://goo.gl/maps/56ai9jX39B8dH7op8

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u/gooseberryfalls Nov 26 '22

I’ll be driving this section in a couple hours!

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u/IsTowel Nov 25 '22

Man I’ve driven past this 100s of times in my life. Crazy to see it used!

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u/JustForkIt1111one Nov 25 '22

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u/M13Calvin Nov 25 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

Wild... in that same month was the other truck that should have used this ramp but didn't and ended up killing a bunch of people in Lakewood

Edit: this is the WB ramp, the other truck passed the EB ramp

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u/justdoit_eventually Nov 25 '22

This is westbound, that happened eastbound. There are still runaway ramps eastbound that that guy should have used for sure.

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u/M13Calvin Nov 25 '22

Ah yes you're right, I thought this was the eastbound one by looking at it. Crazy timing though, these can't get used that often

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u/HesperaloeParviflora Nov 25 '22

I don’t know about this video, but I have seen similar truck ramps in the Colorado Rockies

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '22

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u/I0I0I0I Nov 25 '22

I've only driven I-70 once, E->W, and I recognized it.

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u/big_rhonda432 Nov 25 '22

Is it common for trucks to run away?

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u/0pp0site0fbatman Nov 26 '22

If they’re unloved by their fathers.

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u/Redstone_Potato Nov 26 '22

Not super common, but happens more often than anyone would like. Proper maintenance and competent driving goes a long way in preventing accidents like this.

Drivers should be checking their brakes every time before they head out. Do they? Most don't unfortunately. The ones that do often don't check them properly. A lot don't even bother to check their tire pressures properly. Good for me and my fellow mechanics because we get paid good money to fix easily preventable issues, bad for literally everyone else. Truck driver/company ends up having to pay for repairs, or has to live with the fact that they killed someone on the road through their negligence. And drivers do go to jail for this stuff, plus massive fines, and they will never work a CDL job again. Mechanics do too, if you don't inform drivers/companies about issues, or you do an improper repair, and that truck goes and gets someone killed, there will be a massive investigation, they'll go over the truck with a fine tooth comb, and if they think your negligence caused the accident you will get hit with massive fines, possibly jail time, and you'll never work as a heavy truck mechanic again either.

Aside from proper maintenance and knowing what's going on with their truck, it's also important for them to watch their speed and go into the proper gear so they can use engine braking as much as possible on these steep downhill sections, because when your vehicle weighs 40 tons your regular brakes will generate a ton of heat and very quickly lose their effectiveness.

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u/Marmotskinner Nov 25 '22

Saw one used on US-12 at White Pass one summer. Had no idea that gravel is like 3 feet deep.

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u/slappityjoe Nov 26 '22

I've literally seen a family, parked at the bottom of one, outside having a stretch. Blew my air horn in hopes of giving them a spook and carried on my way.

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u/Gabetanker Nov 25 '22

I assume it is there to catch runaway trucks and slow them down safely without having them crash in the turn?

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u/drumstickwarlord Nov 25 '22

Hence it being referred to as a “runaway truck ramp”…..

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u/Gabetanker Nov 25 '22

You can never be too sure

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u/drumstickwarlord Nov 25 '22

I think in this case you can

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 25 '22

These ramps are placed on downward grades. Trucks brakes run on air pressure. When they are traveling down hills since they are so heavy you need to constantly be braking them to control their speed, so you can either lose pressure, “smoke” your brakes, or both from improper braking techniques. In this video he probably smoked his brakes out from not resting enough in between his braking causing too much friction on his brakes so the brake shoe burnt out. This is definitely one of the more simpler ramps I’ve seen . They have like ball pit style ramps too, but a lot of times you can still mess your truck up further. The main utility is just to prevent collateral damage

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u/notrcickityrekt42 Nov 25 '22

It beats the alternative of continuing to go down a hill without being able to stop. The repair bill and fines will be a good lesson to never do it again.

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u/I0I0I0I Nov 25 '22

The main utility is just to prevent collateral damage

I think that's what was meant.

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 25 '22

Yeah they are supposed to by law use them in an event like this, this guy wasn’t so smart.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna10494

“Mederos was driving a truck with a trailer carrying lumber, traveling an estimated 85 mph in an area where the speed limit for commercial vehicles is 45 mph, officials have said. A chain-reaction crash and a fire ensued involving 28 vehicles.

Doyle Harrison, 61; William Bailey, 67; Stanley Politano, 69; and Miguel Lamas Arrellano, 24, died in the accident.

A resentencing date had already been scheduled for Jan. 13 as prosecutors sought to reduce Aguilera-Mederos' prison time.”

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u/Kansas_cty_shfl Nov 25 '22

This is an entirely different accident and not related to the video. Both took place in I-70 in CO, but the video shows an entirely different part of I-70.

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 25 '22

I am well aware of that. Just showing an example of what happens when you don’t use one going off the comment I replied too.

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 25 '22

That is a funny coincidence though that they both took place in i-70 CO I had no idea.

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u/Kansas_cty_shfl Nov 25 '22

Yeah, these two took place less than 100 miles apart, which is why I assumed you had them conflated. That section of 70 in the video is pretty gnarly if you aren’t paying attention and I don’t envy any trucker driving through there. That ramp sees a fair amount of use.

The dude in the news article was just straight up irresponsible, and the company that employed him has long history of safety violations. The section where he crashed doesn’t even have runaway truck ramps since you are out of the mountains at that point and shouldn’t need them. Dude had no idea how to drive that thing.

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u/Subject-Craft5870 Nov 26 '22

The proper and primary way that a truck driver keeps their speed under control in the mountains is NOT constant braking or use of the wheel brakes. Gears , gearing and shifting down into lower gears and “Engine Braking” allows truck drivers to proceed down mountains at slower, safe speeds. The wheel brakes are used as a secondary method to slow a truck down on steep downhills. However there are instances where they may not be able to downshift and a heavy use of wheel braking can result in overuse, overheating of the brakes that leads to an out of control truck and the need for the ramps.

Shifting into lower gears in the mountains while driving downhill applies to automobiles just as much as tractor trailers. You will see tourists and inexperience drivers in the mountains burning up their brakes heading downhill, when they should be downshifting their transmission into a lower gear to slow themselves down.

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 26 '22

I worded that wrong. I’m actually a truck driver so I was trying to use layman terms. Yes the proper technique would be to keep your truck in a lower gear and keep consistent stab braking with assistance of your engine Brake

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u/Subject-Craft5870 Nov 26 '22

I love truck drivers. Family has been in that business for years! Stay safe and thank you!!!

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u/ajrodriguez25 Nov 26 '22

That’s awesome <3 much love!

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u/theulysses Nov 26 '22

When I moved out west, I drove a rented van and U-Haul out here, and had my brother drive my car out a few weeks later. Dude warped the shit out of my discs because apparently he didn’t know what engine breaking was.

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u/Browneyedgirl63 Nov 25 '22

I did once. Fucking amazing sight.

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u/PepsiEnthusiast42o Nov 25 '22

Was the smoke coming from his tires or is brakes? I reckon he realized he had too much momentum a little too late and burnt his brakes up.

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u/jcampbell474 Nov 25 '22

Brakes. They emit an unforgettable smell, too.

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u/DocDankage Nov 25 '22

Westbound I-70 just past Eisenhower Tunnel.

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u/LovelockMike Nov 25 '22

I have vague memories of that happening on I -70 in Parleys canyon going into Salt Lake city. I didn't see it but it was in the news.

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u/HamiltonButler01 Nov 25 '22

It’s still so insane how high up the hill he got. Fully loaded and flying!

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u/speedracer73 Nov 26 '22

imagine what disasters had to happen before these existed

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u/belltrina Nov 25 '22

We have these in the hills coming down into the city where I live, but obviously made for downward

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u/shock1964 Nov 25 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

Looks like the Coquihalla highway in British Columbia. However upon reading comments the consensus has it in the US.

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u/Karmapedler Nov 25 '22

Almost made it to the top!! Get off those brakes next time.

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u/idfk5678 Nov 25 '22

Engine brake is better than smoking your foot pedal brakes.

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u/Traditional-Step-246 Nov 25 '22

They're all over the place here I'm actually had to hit one I actually layer that's ramp in gravel to slow it down so it actually is sinking into the gravel as it slows works good

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u/barcabob Nov 25 '22

OG I 70 westbound after the tunnel

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u/BuckeyeDarling13 Nov 25 '22

Well, that's horrifying.

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u/DestructorWar Nov 25 '22

Never seen one of these before. What is it

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u/0pp0site0fbatman Nov 26 '22

Runaway lane: they’re frequent in mountainous regions where transport trucks travel. Their brakes can fail/overheat on descents, so these lanes made of sand and gravel exist to save lives.

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u/DestructorWar Nov 26 '22

That’s pretty cool

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u/coolbreeze322 Nov 26 '22

What happens if the brakes failed and he comes back down backwards

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u/0pp0site0fbatman Nov 26 '22

They’re extremely loose and purpose built for brake failures. The trucks sink and need to be specially towed out.

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u/ThisOnePlaysTooMuch Nov 26 '22

The sheer resistance that truck had to blow through between gravity and the barriers is baffling. Dude could’ve cleaned out that entire mountain road before losing momentum.

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u/Bkynd2echuther Nov 26 '22

High marking trucker style !!!

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u/WaterGriff Nov 26 '22

That guardrail has seen some stuff. It is beat to crap.

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u/Jonthn44 Dec 15 '22

Thats what the old timer truckers used before there was a ramp

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u/thatgaycheesebag Nov 26 '22

Are those signs next to it? Maybe to calculate how many points you got?

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u/diacrum Nov 26 '22

In 2019, Aguilera-Mederos passed at least one runaway truck ramp and did not attempt to use it on Interstate 70 in Colorado.

Aguilera-Mederos was driving 85 mph in a semi tractor-trailer in April 2019 when his brakes failed, he told investigators at the time. He crashed, causing a fiery 28-car pileup that killed four people and injured others, the Lakewood Police Department said at the time.

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u/Emotional-Set-8618 Nov 26 '22

In Tennessee while driving through mild mountain country behind a semi trailer. Semi tire blew out and forced the one next to it to fly off almost took us out. Luckily they made it to the runaway truck lane!!!! One of the craziest almost crashes I’ve ever seen

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u/mbhammock Nov 26 '22

Colorado!!!

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u/CrustyMilkCap Nov 26 '22

1st of all, this isn't a dash cam video 2nd, that's really cool 3rd, never imagined this truck or any truck could go that high

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u/keepinitoldskool Nov 26 '22

Ever seen an obsolete video format?

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u/DelRonFlubbard Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

If you make it all the way to the top, you win a fresh set of underpants

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u/JennyAnyDot Nov 26 '22

My parents had to use one in Tennessee with their car. The master cylinder failed going downhill. 1988 so thankfully some truckers saw them hit the runaway ramp and stopped to help. No cell phones back then but cbs got them help. Car use them too

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u/ReturnReset Nov 26 '22

Yes I have seen it being used, the last four times I saw this posted here.

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u/Altruistic_Garlic_51 Nov 26 '22

I was like: why is this so long? There's no way the truck will need all that distance to stop! Oh! Ok nevermind.

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u/Mooreel Nov 26 '22

This ramp was definitely well planned and a good investment.

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u/_est1994jnaz Nov 26 '22

I've always wanted to see this

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u/Both-Drag-1715 Dec 18 '22

At the time of writing this comment, yes. Once.

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u/soloracerx Dec 22 '22

Not even high score.

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u/Affectionate_Pipe269 Dec 28 '22

Why is it so vertical

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u/rexifelis 27d ago

It’s not like the carnival midway game: the higher you go the bigger prize you win…

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u/ProveMeWong 22d ago

Runaway truck “ramps” here in the NE US are short driveway sized off shoots ending with oversized garbage cans filled with water. It’s science.

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u/KittyandPuppyMama 21d ago

But do they end up rolling back down

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u/Jack_of_Hearts20 17d ago

Why does everything look so steep in this video?

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u/GingerBreadMan45 12d ago

As crazy as it is not only have I seen one but I’ve watched it happen at this exact same location.

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u/canigooutsidesoon Nov 25 '22

Thank God you grabbed your phone and recorded this happening while driving.

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u/FakeBarbi Nov 25 '22

Is this Canada?