Slip and slide

Bad crash in Chestnut Hill

Remains of a pickup that slid under a truck in Chestnut Hill. Photo by State Police.

Rain turned to black ice overnight, causing cars to crash and overturn across the region and sending pedestrians and bicyclists plunging to the ground.

Rte. 9 eastbound by the Chestnut Hill Mall was shut after a pickup truck slid under the back of a tractor trailer around 7:20 a.m. State Police report the driver of the pickup suffered serious injuries but was conscious when extricated by firefighters.

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How do you drive close enough

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How do you drive close enough behind a tractor trailer (let alone in bad weather), to get your car underneath it? I just don't get it...

From the news with canyon @ 7

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From the news with canyon @ 7 , it looks like the trailer was making a left turn at a signaled intersection ( I assume he had a green go light ), and the under dude must have slid through his red light on the mentioned black ice, thus T- boning him. The food trailer , I am pretty sure , would have a dash cam activated by the bumpage . So the tape will tell the tale , or whatever you now call it, RAM . At any rate , the ram job will be on the RAM.

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As part of new safety

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As part of new safety regulations the trucking industry is supposed to introduce side crash bars similar to the ones on the rear of trailers to prevent decapitations from vehicles going underneath. Problem is most trailers on the road are older than those regulations and will last a very long time before needing to be replaced.

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I don't understand why roads

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I don't understand why roads weren't salted last night, especially main roads like Rte. 9.

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I don't understand ...

... why people don't use tire chains more often. They are required for travel in places where ice is a dominant winter precipitation mode.

There is really only so much that can be done about ice, anyway. Particularly when we had such heavy downpours just before it froze down again.

Don't recall it was an issue

Newer cable designs take a minute or two at most: lay them out, drive over, clip them around, drive.

The old ones were a serious pain in the arse to work with, certainly! Not to mention when they were on the school bus. whumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhumpwhump ...

I had a set for my car out here, and they did come in handy for getting unstuck ... but they weren't all that useful in a snow-dominant environment. They do, however, help with stopping.

Not being flippant this time

The problem I always had with them was they were messy. If you had to stop to mount them mid-commute and were wearing a suit (as I often was when I owned a car), you were well and truly screwed. There always seemed to be a latch on the back side of the tire well that couldn't be reached without ruining at least one's shirt or jacket, and probably one's trousers as well.