I don’t know why they do it. I guess it’s because they have schedules and would lose their job if they didn’t? What happens when everything they are transporting is left on the roadside ruined? Whatever the reason, fear of job loss, bravado, stupidity?
Coming home from Fort Collins, CO to Cheyenne, WY on I25N today we saw six rollover accidents of semi trucks. One had crossed from the left (going south) of us across the four lane highway to end up on our right side bank, on its side. It was huge. The median between the four lanes has a fence, maybe four feet high, and it wasn’t even bent, looked untouched. Did the wind blow it over this fence? There were diagonal dirt and gravel tire marks on our side to his stopping point. Then after seeing this, two very sickening semis with smashed driver side cabs facing us on the right.
There were patrol cars, tow trucks, etc, but still high profile trucks, buses and campers still on the road. An underpass was closed on the left side of the highway, diverted traffic still coming onto the highway. This was a 30-40 minute period of time. We mentioned we were always cautious because of the danger passing by one of these vehicles, but thinking one is going to cross over from the other side of the highway is really frightening.
It’s a sickening sight to think of the drivers and if they survived and how they felt when they knew they were going over…