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    Default Re: How stupid can you be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick L View Post
    One can fairly safely assume he was drastically speeding to be able to do that to the trailer-on such a narrow and blind stretch

    -thankfully the rock saved any potential victims of a thundering truck-down-a-scenic-pass 'accident' further on.

    This 'driver' should have his licence suspended-and more! -and the operator should charged for not keeping tabs on his trucks ( easiest thing to do nowadays with sat/cell tech. -especially for bigger operators /farms.
    He did not necessarily speed. Even if he only drove at 40km/hr, he would not have been able to stop before the truck passed the rock overhang. At 40km/hr, he travels at 11m/s. The triaxle trailer is only 12 or 13m long. Even if he managed to apply the brakes super quickly after half a second, the rock would have ripped through half of the trailer already before the driver managed to apply the brakes. The truck would have come to a standstill way past the rock overhang.

    Loaded trucks take 2 to 3 times longer braking distances than cars, and this is arguably the main reason why their max speed is set at 80km/hr


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam16 View Post
    Not if youíre coming from Ceres or Witzenberg with fruit, or from the Tankwa Karoo with sheep. Then Bains is your first option.

    A bit off the topic; something I canít understand is the mentality of the people who would carry a load of rubbish bags up the pass and then dump it over the side at the pull offs?

    No, from Ceres the preferred route for trucks is still either past Tulbach through the Nuwekloof pass, or through Du Toit's Kloof, over or under. Even without the overhang, Bains Kloof is way to narrow for that truck, with lots of narrow tight bends. It's just insane trying to drive a truck that length through there, it actually creates a real danger for other drivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    He did not necessarily speed. Even if he only drove at 40km/hr, he would not have been able to stop before the truck passed the rock overhang. At 40km/hr, he travels at 11m/s. The triaxle trailer is only 12 or 13m long. Even if he managed to apply the brakes super quickly after half a second, the rock would have ripped through half of the trailer already before the driver managed to apply the brakes. The truck would have come to a standstill way past the rock overhang.

    Loaded trucks take 2 to 3 times longer braking distances than cars, and this is arguably the main reason why their max speed is set at 80km/hr
    I thought of this -and can see the maths of braking distances-but I imagine even 40km/hr is way too fast for that stretch of road for a truck that size? It was!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZuluCowboy View Post
    Incorrect. A truck literally gets stuck under there EVERY DAY, sometimes even two a day!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EHoffmann View Post
    Sak sarel..
    You do realise he's talking about the Muizenberg railway bridge?
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