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Rough Ride

This happened in St. Louis on October 10. Two fire trucks attempted to occupy the same intersection at the same time.


These trucks are both quints; they can operate as both a pumper and a ladder.

I can't imagine going screaming through an intersection, red or green light, in any type of fire apparatus or ambulance.  Those big boxes are are hard to stop...  Especially with hundreds of (in the case of a quint) or thousands of (in the case of a tanker) gallons of water on board.

You can see just before impact the driver of the first apparatus sees the second truck and veers slightly to their right.  I wonder if a more drastic turn would have minimized the damage, especially if the second driver had turned left to avoid.  I think if the first driver had been willing to eat the first sawhorse with the nose of the truck they might have stayed upright.  They would have had to come left abruptly again, though, and the frame does not show what is farther down the street.  So who knows?

Check out the poor person standing next to the tree in the lower right. 

Hey,rozebud , did you hear anything about the aftermath of this?

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thisdaydreamer
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I'm rather amazed by the guy on the other side of the intersection, who sees what happens and just walks away.
rozebud
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
I did not hear what happened; I imagine it might be still under investigation. I do know that the video was not supposed to be released to the public but was leaked "somehow." And I saw a version on Fail Blog where they put a "Benny Hill" music soundtrack in...

I'll check around the local media, see if anything's come of it. Law says these trucks are supposed to stop at red lights; practically, I'd think they would at least slow the f down... This was somewhere on the north side; you've been here so you know the whole city doesn't look this bad! Sadly, north St. Louis has been worse than neglected for years. There are beautiful old buildings there crumbling down - or worse, being targeted by brick and copper theives. Brick thieves basically start dismantling buildings from the rear, so by the time anyone notices what's going on, the damage is too extensive and far gone for it to be repaired, especially since the buildings have been abandoned anyway. Sad, sad, sad.

This city needs a warm body and cash infusion. But that ain't happening any time soon...
maggies_lens
Nov. 27th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
oh.. my god... that's nuts!
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