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Published: Wednesday, April 30 2014 9:25 a.m. MDT

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deserthound
Salt Lake City, UT

Surprised that this hasn't happened long before now.

transman
Layton, UT

The tanker truck was doing what everything right coming down the canyon. Extreme right lane and geared down with his engine brake on. The issue is the other driver coming off the hill too fast for the extreme right lane.

What happens is normal traffic coming down he canyon at freeway speeds or faster. 80% of the time it is impossible to move from the truck lane to pass another. When the tanker is moving about 20 to 25 miles per hour and the other truck doing 45 to 55 miles per hour this driver misjudged the time it would take to move over and hit the back of the tanker.

Solution to this problem is to make the two right lanes for trucks only and no auto traffic. this is the only way to prevent this type of accidents. How do I know this I am a over the truck driver and coming down the canyon a driver needs to pay attention to all lanes of traffic to avoid this issue.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

No, the solution to this problem is to remove the unrealistic and inflexible delivery deadlines truck drivers face. This whole situation was caused by one truck driver who was running a bit behind schedule, and faced with losing his job, decided to drive faster than he should have down Parleys.

joeandrade
Salt Lake City, UT

Sub-Headline: Would Pipeline be the Answer? NO.

and trucks aren't the answer either.

The answer is to STOP hauling low quality, marginal, viscous crude into the SL Valley.
As SLC's Jeff Niermeyer said '…look at refining it somewhere else.'
Expanding the local refineries (and the truck traffic) to handle that marginal crude just makes the Valley's bad air quality worse.
And a pipeline is not the answer, because it will just contribute to the growing bad air quality by encouraging the refineries to expand even more.

Stop the flow.
We don't need that 'oil'.
We just need some aware, enlightened, and gutsy leadership.

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