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Wednesday January 5, 2011

Fairplay, CO (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Strong Winds blow Semi off the road in South Park

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10. ColoradoKat
6:06 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Oh, yeah! I have driven this stretch of
highway and that wind can take you by surprise!
I hope the driver was okay.
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9. Koolstuf
3:04 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Speaking from personal experience:

Pulling an empty or partially loaded trailer
in cross-winds is VERY scarry, as it feels like
the truck is pulling a balloon, which is trying
to change the forward motion of the semi-tractor.

Most often, when an incident like this happens,
it's a sudden gust nobody can be prepared for.
Stopping all motion is barely
likely to minimize the risks, unless the Driver
is able to face directly into the wind source.
Taking cover behind a building is only slightly effective.

It's easy to offer well-intended observations, but these must be based
upon full awareness of all
circumstances.

To begin with, wind
currents in canyons and valleys are very different from
other topographies.
OTR Truckers may not be familiar with conditions in a given locale.
Hired Drivers follow routes forced upon them, not like Owner-Operators, who make
their own decisions. The same
applies to scheduling.
I'd never deny there are all sorts of Ignorant
Drivers on the road -- as well as
those who are downright STUPID -- but this is true of
"Four Wheelers" in
direct proportion to Professionals !!!
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8. rosana
2:55 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Great shot, hope driver came out ok, but at times these drivers take too many chances with mother nature in such open spaces on very windy days.
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7. lagies
2:38 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Thanks for posting.
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6. pegpics
2:28 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Woah!!!...got caught in the crosswinds...
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5. tamcat
2:01 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Wow. I've never seen that before. -kevin :)
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4. Firebud039
1:23 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Mother nature surely is cruel at times.
Praying the driver is unhurt.
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3. tngardener
12:52 PM GMT on January 06, 2011
Wow. My first thought, before reading, was black ice. But wind. Hope driver is ok.
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2. botulism
10:52 AM GMT on January 06, 2011
Very good picture. 50-100 MPH winds are the norm along this stretch of US-285 in the winter. This is right where 285 starts up the west side of Kenosha pass (headed towards Denver).
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1. MojaveDesertRat
5:15 AM GMT on January 06, 2011
Oh my goodness, hope the driver was all right!
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