Friday, January 15, 2016

Trucker warns others on CB of massive pileup ahead; ‘Nobody answered.’

To say the weather wreaked havoc on road conditions this past week is a serious understatement. The number of massive-vehicle crashes was staggering. There were countless reports flooding the news and social media, such as a 40-car pileup in Indiana, and 50 vehicles and counting through the day in Pennsylvania. There were reports elsewhere of smaller pileups of a dozen or so vehicles.

The pictures of the tangled and mangled cars and trucks. Smoke mixing with snow. The images on a smartphone, computer or television were enough to realize the situation was bad bordering on dire.

But, that was nothing like driving by and seeing it.

OOIDA Member Joe Graham drove by the early stages of the Interstate 90 crash.

Joe saw a couple of trucks that had hit each other. There were another couple of semis that had slid off the road avoiding the previous crash. Some cars were also mixed up in the mess.

As he continued along, he felt the need to alert the approaching trucks. But, his warnings fell unheard.

This weighed on Joe, and he decided to put his thoughts out on a video that he shared on Facebook. His message, bordering on pleas to use all means to be safe, hit me hard.

“I did what any driver’d do. I started to try and warn people. I yelled on that CB for 32 miles. Anytime I saw a truck, tried to warn them,” he says on the video.

“And nobody answered. Nobody answered.”


Had to get something to get off my chest. Felt horrible all day yesterday after I went through erie, pa.
Posted by Joseph Graham on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Joe said he understands that CBs are a “pain in the butt with the noise and everything,” but “when the roads get bad, run the CB.”

Having tuned into some of the CB conversation, I can agree, it can get pretty ugly out there. It’s no wonder why so many have them turned off. Or maybe don’t even have CBs anymore.

Joe’s video starts or maybe even rekindles a very important topic of conversation. How do you stay safe when the white out conditions hit? You see a bad situation you know is only going to get worse, what’s your first reaction?

Experts all agree, you have to have a plan. What is yours?

30 comments:

  1. I am a retired driver with 30 years in the driver's seat. Listen to what this man is saying. Every word of it. Don't like the garbage on the CB....turn the squelch down so you can't hear the others unless you can see them. It may save your life. And slow the hell down in bad weather before you kill someone.

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    1. I am also retired with over 50 years in the trucking Business and I followed this same thing with the CB when the cb went to hell I just turned down the squelch and got rid of the garbage.

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    2. My CB is always on , I can not leave without it , if there's noise squelch it out. The CB is a communication device use it as one.Today I65 In.mm 247 traffic stopped on the other side of the exit and they can't see it's stopped , I'm saying to slow down and get nothing from the southbound side. I80 wy. a couple winters back they just keep piling into each other most likely cause they don't look20 ft. ahead and no CB
      GET A CB AND TURN IT ON , you don't have to be a ratchet jaw if you don't want to but I'm telling you boys it can be a life saver.

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  2. Anymore or CBs are obsolete we now use are cellphones XM radios and just kick back and listen to nothing sometimes. Joe is right it is a good idea to at least listen to the CB during bad weather. Lead on Joe good job!!!

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  3. Airline pilots and locomotive operators are required to constantly monitor their respective means of communication. That's only one reason why they don't kill nearly as many people as truck drivers do. New entrants into trucking are for the most part pathetic excuses for responsible, well trained professionals. Many carriers, especially the large ones, are satisfied with the level of quality they can get for chump change. Unfortunately this will not improve before I can retire.

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  4. I fully agree, in bad winter weather keep your cb on, that way tow truck people like me can find you, in such places as the 3 sisters pass east of Evanston Wyoming.

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  5. I couldn't agree more. I tried to stop a huge pile up in Idaho. No one had there CB on. 50 ish trucks wrecked.

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  6. The sad truth is for decades there have wanna be clowns making just listening to the cb a royal drag! So many driver's either don't listen or don't even have a cb .
    very sad to bad folks can't just grow up , also the are many many non English speaking driver's out there who have no clue any way! I sadly feel cb's have nearly been made obsolete!

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  7. I only drove professionally thru one winter. I know that is not much experience but my plan was really simple. Get off the road, or don't get on,when white out conditions exist. Easy, simple and it worked every time for me. Still does when I am in a car as well.

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  8. Do not turn the squelch down as that will block everything. Instead, adjust the RF gain to just past the end of static. This will allow short range communications to still get through.

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  9. i find flashing your headlights rapidly about 3 times they turn it on.

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  10. I have been on the road for the last 42 and half years. I don't run a CB anymore, the respect that was once shown towards your fellow drivers is gone. Of course there has and always will be the CB Rambo's, those you have to learn to ignore as much as possible. I too decided last year to take my CB out of the truck.. My blood pressure thanks me for it.. There were the days before the CB came along that truck drivers would use their headlights and hand signals to warn others of impeding dangers ahead. Today's drivers are tuned into their electronic devices and XM radios. When I did have my CB turned on the total lack of respect and filthy language was enough to make me ashamed of what once was considered the White Knights of the Road. The biggest problem I see is from lack of attention to where they are and what is going on around them. Just last week I had two different drives swerve into my lane and force me off the road when I was passing them. both of them were texting at the time.. Good or Bad weather you have to pay attention to what you are doing.. Don't take chances with yours or another persons life.. Bad weather especially, slow down and leave yourself an exit in case of problems ahead. I have managed to drive over 5 million miles without a chargeable accident, I have had a couple of people run into me that there just wasn't any way to avoid. and they too were not paying attention to what they were doing.. Arrive Alive and start having some respect for those who share the road with you..

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  11. When the weather is bad enough to compromise your safety or the safety of your equipment or someone else on the road, PARK and sooner than later.
    That was (retired 40yrs) and is, currently in my 4wheeler, my plan!
    No acceptable alternative.

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  12. Head lights on and off same with high beams four ways. Somebody will get curious and turn on their cb and if they don't have one they will have been warned. This works on both two lane and four lane roads where you can see the lanes going the other way. B/4 cb radios

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  13. Maybe his CB antenna was not adjusted or working properly.

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  14. I ran for 27 yrs & seldom turned mine on except in bad weather & when backing into a parking spot.

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  15. I absolutely agree with the previous poster. Thank you, Andrea. Yes, the CB can get ridiculous but it is still a tool. In the maritime industry, if you have the equipment and are not using it, you can receive a portion of the blame and costs associated with any liability.

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  16. I have had my CB off since 1201hrs January 20, 2009. And will turn it on until 1201pm January 20,2017. The racism is ridiculous

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  17. Forget the noise, garbage and trash talk- my CB stays on for one reason= SAFETY. Many times it has saved my and others lives by getting info on road debris, wrong way drivers, disabled vehicles, downed power lines or trees-too much to list-its like my American Express card-I don't leave home without it !!

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  19. I appreciate everyone watching my video. The one thing I can say at least it has opened a dialogue between both experience and novice drivers. Please keep safe and always trust your gut instincts it will keep you out of harms way.

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    1. Thank you for letting us share it. You have accomplished your goal of stirring up the dialogue. I'm glad we could help.

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  20. Sorry, any "driver" who doesn't run a CB, isn't a professional driver. Just a steering wheel holder.

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  21. Sorry, any "driver" who doesn't run a CB, isn't a professional driver. Just a steering wheel holder.

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    1. Wrong ! 30+ years and I do not run a CB . In bad weather I slow down so I can stop of I need to . If it gets so bad that it's unsafe I stop and wait it out . I am proud to be a true professional always in control of my truck .

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    2. or doesn't speak English. I never leave home without some type of CB Radio, even if it's an old piece of junk, as long as it works. It doesn't take that long to install CB and hang an antenna.

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  22. I use mine it's a newer cobra with Bluetooth. I will often try to warn of back ups or hazards. OOIDA 4127 LIFETIME, Jeremiah

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  23. I run a newer cobra with Bluetooth its always on and I do my best to alert others and law enforcement of hazards. I've been driving since 1972. OOIDA Lifetime #4127

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  24. Squelch goes up to close the gate and down to open the gate so longer distance radios can break through. Personally I turn RF Gain up to about 3:00 position or so then turn squelch UP so static disappears. If U get constant on/off break throughs from conversation. Slightly turn RF Gain down. My radio stays on as if it doesn't have an off switch. Be professional. There is no other better tool than communication. If U don't like communicating then your one sided and that's not ever a good thing

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