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Pretty good reason to use serious safety chains when towing.

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by HoLeChit, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. HoLeChit

    HoLeChit Semper Fidelis

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    Below is the press release from our friends and partners at the Idaho State Police. This afternoon our
    SORT - Special Operations Rescue Team Magic Valley Paramedic
    responded with
    Gooding County Sheriff
    Gooding County EMS
    Wendell Fire Department
    Gooding Fire District
    Jerome City Fire Department
    ISP
    Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)
    Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG)
    for a truck over the railing at Malad Gorge.
    Air St. Luke's
    also responded and took 3 sort members with them for a fast response. Once SORT arrived they had a rescuer at the victims in 6 minutes. It was amazing team work and collaboration with all agencies involved.
    SIRCOMM
    did an amazing job coordinating a multiple agency response.
    Heroic Rescue after pickup goes over the Malad Gorge bridge on Interstate 84.
    The following is a release from the Idaho State Police Public Affairs Office:
    Idaho State Troopers responded to a vehicle crash that turned into a heroic rescue after a pickup truck went off a bridge over the deep canyon of the Malad Gorge.
    When the first Trooper arrived on scene, the pickup had gone over the edge of the bridge and was held only by a safety chain connected to a camp trailer. Eventually, the couple inside the truck would be rescued thanks to a team effort of Magic Valley first responders, including a rappel team from the Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Rescue Team.
    What Happened: At 2:42 p.m. this afternoon, an Idaho State Police Trooper drove onto the scene of a single vehicle crash on eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 146. The incident had just happened and the trooper arrived as dispatchers were calling emergency units to the scene.
    According to witnesses, the driver of the pickup, a 2004 F-350 pulling an approximately 30-foot camp trailer, lost control. The truck and camper swerved hitting the right shoulder barrier, then went left until the truck was sliding on the left side guardrail. The truck then tipped over the bridge, with the camper blocking both eastbound lanes. Only the safety chain attached between the truck and the camper kept the truck from falling. The Malad Gorge is approximately 80 to 100 feet below the bridge.
    The Trooper was able to call to the two people inside the vehicle, who responded and said they were alert and not seriously injured. Soon after, a Gooding County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and the Trooper and Deputy were able to get an additional set of chains from a semi-truck driver, attach them to the dangling pick up, and provide additional strength to hold the pickup until rescue crews could arrive.
    Soon a full team of emergency responders arrived on scene including a team of specially trained rope rescue paramedics, the Magic Valley Paramedics SORT, or Special Operations Rescue Team. SORT members were transported quickly to the incident by Air St Luke's Magic Valley. Once on scene, the SORT members were able to rappel down to the dangling pickup truck and attached a harness to each victim allowing rescuers to raise each to safety.
    The two occupants of the pickup, a man and woman, were wearing seat belts which also helped hold them securely in the vehicle until rescuers arrived.
    Vehicle Occupants: The driver of the pickup was a 67-year-old man from Garden City, Idaho. The passenger was a 64-year-old woman, also from Garden City. Both were transported to a Magic Valley hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
    Two small dogs were also in the pickup. Rescuers were able to get the dogs to safety as well. An ISP Trooper transported the dogs safely to the home of a family member in the Magic Valley.
    "This was a tremendous team effort that took a quick response and really showed the dedication and training of our community of first responders," said Capt. David Neth of the Idaho State Police District 4 in Jerome. "This is something we train and prepare for, but when it happens and people's lives literally hang in the balance, it takes everyone working together, and then some."
    "I am just so proud of our team. It shows what all agencies including Magic Valley Paramedics Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT), Air St. Luke's and St. Luke's Magic Valley Paramedics can do working together," said Chad Smith, Field Supervisor for Magic Valley Paramedics SORT and Flight Paramedic for Air St. Luke's.
    The Idaho State Police would like to thank all the responding agencies:
    Gooding County Sheriff's Deputies, Gooding County EMS, Gooding Fire Department, Gooding Rural Fire Department, the Jerome City Fire Department, Air St Luke's, Idaho Fish & Game, Jerome County Sheriff's Office.

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    That is one serious safety chain....... Pays to do things right.
     
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    Any of you camper pullers out there want to weigh in on the most likely cause of the F350 driver to lose control? Wind? Sway of death? Weight distribution?
     
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    Don't now about there but they are required by law in Oklahoma, and a lot of people don't know they are required to be crisscrossed so if tongue comes off ball theoretically the chain will catch before tongue hits pavement
     
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    I'm willing to bet it was a combination of weight distribution and wind. The canyon under the bridge looks relatively wide and is apparently 50-100 feet deep. I bet it can produce some nasty cross winds.

    Yeap. I remember this being beat into our heads at Halliburton. Def a good practice, required or not.
     
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    And yet summer before last a Halliburton 1 ton with dog shack lost it in front of my house, chains were on but not crossed and bulldog was not latched. Made a mess of pavement for a few yards and then tore the heck out of the right of way that I maintain. I pushed them out with my bobcat and jerks didn't even say thanks
     
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    I never said that everyone listened, that's for sure. I honestly liked working there doing what I did, but there was/is a lot of morons floating around wearing red. Watched a kid drive a tractor with a pump attached to the back end of it up a fire break, bury one side of the pump, and when attempting to rock it rolled the entire getup onto its side. Talk about a mess. Landowner made an easy $25k because he fined anyone who drove off the road on his land.
     
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    That looks like a weight distributing hitch but I see no necessary attachments to control weight or sway. I suppose they could have come off in the accident but that would likely require some extreme forces and leave some evidence of damage to the attachment points?
     
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