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Dramatic dashboard footage shows big rig flipping on highway for NO apparent reason

Dramatic dashcam footage as a big rig flips on I-95 at the Ridley Park Curve. Happened Dec 12, 2015

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Comment by Mark Dougherty on December 18, 2015 at 11:45am
I was on that wreck. We actually hooked our wrecker to it while it was still burning to pull it off the bridge.
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on December 18, 2015 at 11:43am

@Mark: I'd agree with you. Then I'd have to say that the dip was likely significant enough to cause the frame to separate from rig because the frame was allowed to rise off the axle.  I say that because our Prius traction motor dives to zero RPM when the front wheels loose traction; in a skid, on snow, on rain, or after you hit a bump in the roadway causing the front tires to lift slightly off the roadway. It's weird to feel your engine die and immediately loose acceleration power when the tires slip but that's a front end traction motor thing and it prevents folks from overpowering a skip...anyway, this happens to us when it's raining and when we're precisely at the same spot on I-95NB on the Ridley Curve. It's not so bad in the far right lane, however the middle lane and the passing lane are noticeable.  

I recall another major truck accident a few years ago at the same place. It dumped trash onto the train wires under the roadway and caused a fire. I'll look for the reference.  Can you remember any other accidents at the same location ?

Comment by Mark Dougherty on December 18, 2015 at 11:01am
Oh I don't disagree. Your right there is a dip there. That is probably what caused the axel to come out. Unfortunately for who ever just put that axel in, that's got lawsuit written all over it.
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on December 18, 2015 at 10:31am

@Mark: so true this could have been much worse, especially for the driver to the right of the truck. However, my point is, this accident happened exactly as the rig passed over the bridge/highway seam (where the highway connects with the bridge. There was another accident in the same place, for the same reason a few years ago and loosing control on that curve at that place is problematic. Second 22 is the moment the truck hits the dip in the roadway.

I myself have "hopped" sideways on this exact spot in my super light Prius. When you're on the curve and you hit the dip in the road at the bridge connection point, the front end of the vehicle skips upwards and plains to the right; exactly like the dash cam showed. Thankfully this was a skilled driver

Comment by Mark Dougherty on December 17, 2015 at 8:47pm
Ok I normally don't comment on here but I'll clear this air up now. He did not roll for NO APARENT REASON. The rear axel was recently put in this truck and was the cause of the wreck. The rear axel fell out of the truck causing the driver to loose control. The driver did a FANTASTIC job saving the life of the person or people in the right lane. He swerved to the left to avoid hitting them and in the process caused himself to roll. This driver deserves thanks and should be commended for avoiding what could have been a very ugly accident. As a professional driver myself AND a heavy wrecker operator I have seen a lot of wrecks that turned bad. This one was an unfortunate accident to say the least. However could have been much worse.

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