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Old 08-17-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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Blowout kills 4

Last night on I 40 near Santa Rosa N.M. a Holiday Rambler Imperial blew a tire, crossed the medial, hit a SUV killing 4 people.

That is all I can learn so far.
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Tragic. Would love to hear how the lawsuits turn out.
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Old 08-17-2017, 06:33 PM   #3
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This appears to be the story... Tragic.

New Mexico State Police: 4 dead in 3-vehicle wreck on I-40 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:21 PM   #4
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Well that report says It was a front tire. Now was there any kind of steering control? And was there any tpms.

Even if there were both, you gotta be careful out there.
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Very Sad! I appears to have been a night time accident. Possible that there was debris on the road or what ever but a tragic accident.

" State police identified the four people killed in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a blown tire near Santa Rosa Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, NMSP Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said a recreational vehicle towing a Chevrolet Tahoe was eastbound on Interstate 40 near mile marker 266 when its front driver-side tire blew out. It caused the RV to veer left across the median and into oncoming traffic.

The RV hit a Honda Pilot and then struck a Ford Escape head-on. Armijo said the four people inside the Escape -- 39-year-old Renee Forman, 19-year-old Shyanne Wilbur and 14-year-old Nikki Wilbur, all of Little River, South Carolina; and 21-year-old Michelle Bates of Norwood, Colorado -- all sustained fatal injuries"
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T&P for all affected. Only thing worse than taking out someone in an oncoming vehicle would be a motorcyclist. ....
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Wonder if the motorists were wearing seat belts.
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Wonder if the motorists were wearing seat belts.


It was a head on with a 40k pound vehicle. That would be asking a lot of seat belts.
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How to Cope with a Front Tire Blowout

Don’t brake. Braking will intensify the side pull.
Accelerate. This counter intuitive step might seem foolhardy at first but it will stabilize your truck. Acceleration has a lifting effect on the tractor’s front end that takes weight off the blown out tire. Less weight reduces the damaged tire’s dragging. This in turn, reduces the side pull. Accelerate just enough to get control over the steering. Don’t overdo it. If your cruise control is on, you must quickly turn it off without braking.
Hold the steering wheel tightly. Grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. You must resist the steering’s tendency to pull to the side. Don’t over steer. Simply keep your truck moving straight ahead.
Allow the truck to come to a stop. Slowly ease off the gas while keeping the truck in your lane. Turn on your flashers and allow wind and road drag to slow your truck down to a stop at the side of the road.
Again, stay away from the brake pedal.
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Wonder what the age of tires was.

I was in a park the other day and saw an older Dynasty. The sun was just right allowing me to see tire age as I walked by. 2008. Of course the tires LOOKED good with lots of tread.
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How to Cope with a Front Tire Blowout

Donít brake. Braking will intensify the side pull.
Accelerate. This counter intuitive step might seem foolhardy at first but it will stabilize your truck. Acceleration has a lifting effect on the tractorís front end that takes weight off the blown out tire. Less weight reduces the damaged tireís dragging. This in turn, reduces the side pull. Accelerate just enough to get control over the steering. Donít overdo it. If your cruise control is on, you must quickly turn it off without braking.
Hold the steering wheel tightly. Grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. You must resist the steeringís tendency to pull to the side. Donít over steer. Simply keep your truck moving straight ahead.
Allow the truck to come to a stop. Slowly ease off the gas while keeping the truck in your lane. Turn on your flashers and allow wind and road drag to slow your truck down to a stop at the side of the road.
Again, stay away from the brake pedal.
EXCELLENT post!!! We must all be "mentally prepared" to immediately REACT exactly as your post describes. So mentally prepared that it must be an immediate "natural reaction". Such a tragic event...cannot imagine the grief of all even remotely associated with this tragedy.
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Wonder what the age of tires was.

I was in a park the other day and saw an older Dynasty. The sun was just right allowing me to see tire age as I walked by. 2008. Of course the tires LOOKED good with lots of tread.
I recently pointed out severely cracked 2010 Michelin tires to a coach owner and sadly he was aware of them (and the potential consequences) yet for whatever reason had no obvious intention of replacing them anytime soon... No sense of urgency... As a motivator, even told him about FMCA pricing AND HE WAS ALREADY AWARE OF IT. I have seen cracked tires before, yet these were the worst.
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I blew a drivers side tire in my concrete mixer truck one time going about 55 and it was a terrifying event but i handled it very well. I saw the steel pry bar in the road but it was too late to avoid it, it iwas laying on its side so it was hard to see before getting close to it. It must have fallen out of a contractors truck.

It blew my left front tire, it shreaded it on impact. This caused my hood to fly up due to all the rubber hitting the fiberglass fender. So for a moment i was going 50mph and could not see where i was going and it was bouncing me around in the cab like a lottery ball.

I just held on to the wheel as stated above with both hands and told myself "this is not going to be the day you roll your truck dave". When the truck had slowed down enough i was able to touch on the brake and get it stopped completely in the middle of the road.

Usually for me i immediately start thinking about traffic, but at that point i just didnt give a hoot, i was thankfull to be alive and i just sat there dazed for a few min before calling dispatch and letting them know what happened. My stupid boss (that unfeeling jerk) came up to me and said thanks for not rolling the truck. He never asked if i was ok or anything. Thats when i decided enough was enough, i quit shortly after that.

I am so very sad for the families that have to endure this huge loss. Most especially for the two younger girls who were just beginning their lives. I pray the families are strong and have lots of support to help them through this.
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How to Cope with a Front Tire Blowout

Donít brake. Braking will intensify the side pull.
Accelerate. This counter intuitive step might seem foolhardy at first but it will stabilize your truck. Acceleration has a lifting effect on the tractorís front end that takes weight off the blown out tire. Less weight reduces the damaged tireís dragging. This in turn, reduces the side pull. Accelerate just enough to get control over the steering. Donít overdo it. If your cruise control is on, you must quickly turn it off without braking.
Hold the steering wheel tightly. Grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. You must resist the steeringís tendency to pull to the side. Donít over steer. Simply keep your truck moving straight ahead.
Allow the truck to come to a stop. Slowly ease off the gas while keeping the truck in your lane. Turn on your flashers and allow wind and road drag to slow your truck down to a stop at the side of the road.
Again, stay away from the brake pedal.
This is great information. Even being aware of the proper procedure yourself, many of us could pass it on to others.
We have neighbors who are newbies, with a relatively 'new to them' motorhome. I have just printed this, and plan to give them a copy when I see them later today.
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