What will it take? Tanker Crash Should Serve as a Call to Action

July 27, 2011
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The deadly tanker crash and subsequent giant, fiery explosion on Route 1 in Saugus last weekend is a reminder to us all the dangers of having speeding trucks loaded with gasoline exploding on our roads or literally in our backyards.

A tanker explosion here a few years back remains seared in the memory of many locals and another one in Everett – where the gasoline spilled from the burning truck and set a whole street ablaze are persuasion enough to force a study of the issues and to make the necessary changes to insure that our roadways are safe and that our residents are safe, as well.

We urge the city council to take concerted action with the Fire Department and the Traffic Bureau to determine what changes, if any, are needed or should be required before allowing potentially deadly trucks filled with fuel to run free on our major roadways.

It would be the right thing to do.

  • Ddetective1701

    DON’T BLAME THE TRUCK DRIVER!!! How about teaching the idiot car drivers to give the trucks some room and courtesy. They pass, sometimes hiding in their blind spot or passing and braking suddenly or passing and going to the almost-missed exit. Trucks can’t stop as quickly or easily as cars. I’m a relative of a driver with almost 30 year’s experience and over 1 MILLION accident-free miles. The cars are to blame in almost 95% of the cases. It’s always easy to blame the truck driver. If you haven’t done their job, SHUT UP!!!!!

  • Diannelucylu

    Thats right you liberal do-gooders get rid of all thoses big bad trucks that bring us fuel, pick up our trash, bring our groceries to the store, that haul the asphalt that paves the roads so you yuppie scum bag pencil pushers can go to work on a decent road

  • Anonymous

    There are far more incompetent individuals who get behind the wheel of four wheelers everyday and night than there are trucks on the road. Get the facts, these truckers are licensed professionals, they are drug tested regularly, and have to pass homeland security checks. Truckers are professionals who put their lives on the line daily, especially tanker drivers, tp put fuel into the same weapons people use to drive them off the road. They cannot stop on a dime, four wheelers do not want to get behind them because it may take them a bit longer to get to their destination if they’re behind a truck, and God forbid these truckers are out during the night on the weekend when all the drunks are getting out of bars….perhaps on rte one… And decide to cut one off. Did anyone every see a tanker truck successfully swerve to avoid something and not go over. Perhaps this is what the driver had to do to avoid killing someone else last week on rte. One in Saugus. At two thirty in the morning, who else is on the road on a Saturday night besides these truckers trying to make a decent life for themselves, and drunks, taking lives away. Research before you speak. You reporters are always blaming the trucks. Do you also know that these vehicles have devices in them that report how fast they are going, and often will not go over a certain speed to prevent them from driving fast. They will lose their jobs if it is detected they are speeding. So, once again defend the reckless four wheelers who drink, get behind the wheel and cut off trucks. The next time you pull out and see a big truck coming…….. Think again…. Perhaps the next trucker won’t be willing to fisk his life by swerving to avoid you. He may just try to stop. And if he can’t… Well…

  • Ejgasman

    Yes here we go, blame the truck driver. I have traveled this route a few times with a load of gas. I live in maine,but the cars and trucks that play their games with us big trucks has to be stopped . I have been cut off, flipped the middle finger, whatever else even sometimes watching a police officer seeing it and doing nothing about it. Life goes on unless you are unfortunate like the driver of this rig. Mass. drivers are known to be some of the worst in the country, so write your laws and shove your anti-trucking comments out here. But when you want to eat, fill your car with gas , buy a new appliance,or toy for your child, remember a truck brought it to where u pick it up. if i didn’t drive defensively i could easily run several people over. 

  • A-Getaclue

    You know, I’m sick of these cry baby truck drivers.  And, yes, I have done the job myself and seen more bad truck drivers than good.  “Oh, I am a professional and hate car drivers bacause they flip me the bird, etc.”  Cry me a river.  Fact is, truck drivers are part of a seedy subculture who have a hard time socially in general, so they hide their personalities on the road.  Aggressive, antisocial personalities who take out their own brand of street justice by intimidating and tailgating smaller vehicles when they see minor infractions.  Sure, many car drivers should be removed from the road too, but as for the super technology that governs speed, that’s a joke.  And trancievers to tell dispatch that the driver is speeding?  The bosses don’t care, as long as the freight delivers on time.  And the phone numbers to call to tell someone “how’s my driving?” Most trucks move past so fast you can’t get the number.  Please.  Sorry, you may drive a truck for 30 years, but if you engage in any of the behaviors stated above, you are no professional.

  • Slimpickens

    Hey A-Douche if trucks are going by you that fast you must be going real slow…The right lane’s the slow lane  you dink weed pencil pusher….I’ve had the pleausre of driving a tanker for 3 years, It was real good money and decent trucks, but after I saw a fellow trucker almost burn to death on I-91 in Chicopee because someone cut him off and he swereved to avoid him, I called my wife and said I can’t do it no more….If someone cuts me off you better slam the skinny pedal to floor because I’m staying up right on a all 18 wheels and going home at night

  • A-Getaclue

    A “fellow trucker”.  OK Slim, you have so much compassion for others on the road that I suppose it’s best that you now keep your incompetent driving on four wheels.  Sorry, but if you truckers want the truth, rather than spew vitriol against automobile drivers, maybe you should look at your own habits and provide some common courtesy on the road, as an example to other truckers and us lowly four-wheelers.

  • Slimpickens

    Hey douche I said I stopped hauling tankers, not trucking dipstick….Now I drive a trailer dump which is just as heavy and top heavy as a tanker,  just not sitting on a ticking time bomb….Trucks are longer, heavier, slower, need more distance for braking and turning it’s up to you dipstick to move out of the way or we take it and make you move simple as that

  • Xoxmikayla11

    All of you guys commenting aren’t even commenting on the actual facts at hand. I saw this accident happen at 2:15AM on my way home from work on Friday. There was NO ONE in front of the truck. It looked to me like he fell asleep. He was driving in the right lane and all of a sudden he swerved and slammed into the median. It was not because of another driver. Stop fighting each other and looking like idiots. This article isn’t talking about taking drivers off the road. Obviously there is no way to do that. Trucks are needed. Truckers are needed. Both are important to our society. But they should be careful as to what they do. They should obey speed limits, because they can’t stop. They should not drive when exhausted. Because they hit medians. Easy. 

  • A-Getaclue

    Your mother must be so proud

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