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Excuse me, coming through. Train nails car hauler and launches Prius

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Prius taking flight in 3,2,….1.  Lift off.

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  1. James L. Coster

    August 13, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    what a lovely death for a Prius – couldn’t happen to a nicer car!

  2. Keith Kennedy

    August 16, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Could that train have stopped? Looks like no effort was made by that engineer to stop.Could have been a situation where the driver was having medical problems and deemed helpless trying to get out.I pray this wasn’t what happened and no one gets hurt.I realize that it cost a lot of time to stop and start a train and people need to obey traffic signals for their safety.But most likely this truck was broke down.These trains have a long clear view of what’s ahead and should have not hit this truck full speed the Prius hurled through the air could have hit an innocent family sitting at the crossing obeying the safety laws as they should and could have been killed because these rail workers want to exercise their authority and show them not to disobey these signals.Anytime a train hits anything with the speed weight and force it has their is always a possibility of fatalities.Stopping and just hitting it at a slower speed can save lives.Another thing that should be taken into consideration by these engineers is the fact they will have to stop anyway and they may have to live the rest of their lives knowing they could have made a bigger effort in preventing a death of a person or persons that will be on their minds the rest of their lives.Think this situation over before it happens.As a OTR Trucker I have experienced many situations where I could have it motorist and been justified and others me as well.But we all need to make every effort to keep our friends and family safe.GodBless all the working men and women of America and keep them safe.

  3. Joseph Van Horn

    August 16, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Um. So us trucks weigh upwards of 40 tons, or 80k pounds, no? And we are but ants compared to a train. Seriously, a train sees something on the tracks, and all the engineer can do is put it in Emergency and pray that God has mercy on their soul

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Crash involving 4 semi trucks in Tumwater, Washington

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A crash involving four semi-trucks is blocking all southbound lanes of I-5 south of Olympia. Cleanup is expected to continue into the evening commute.

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The Trucker News Channel Episode #073

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In this episode we cover…
– Carrier goes bankrupt
– Troopers hunt for trucker
– Semi dumps beer load in church parking lot
– The quickest way to unload
– Cop plane hits semi trailer
All this and more news at thetrucker.com

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Viewpoint – Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty

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Published courtesy of Truckers Connection.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Misery loves company?” Boy, is that ever true!

It’s crazy how negativity can escalate in a group if you let it, how easy it is to get swept up in the less-than-stellar aspects of a situation rather than realize that you’re choosing to drown in the bad rather than focusing on the good. Because rarely –if ever—is any situation 100% bad. But what you choose to focus on makes all the difference.

If you’re on Facebook, you might be familiar with groups that you can join to interact with like-minded folks out there in social media world. For instance, I’m in various groups for my love of reading and traveling, pets or sports. And when you’re in those, you can post and see others’ posts on the subject, comment accordingly, get tips and tricks, learn things you might now know, etc.

There are multiple groups for Trucking: like “Everything Trucking” or “Trucking: Rates & Lanes.” There’s even a “Trucking and Single” group, if that’s you.

But beware, many of these groups can go downhill in a hurry if you choose to let them. Some folks out there are only happy if they’re unhappy. And when they’re unhappy, they want others to be unhappy. And that snowball is one bound to crash badly.

I’m in a group for a community where I own a townhome. It’s in a great gated community with tons of super amenities (pools, etc). When we first purchased, I was very surprised to learn there was not a Facebook group already in place for owners in the community. After all, it’s a great way to ask questions or share info about coming events, and so on. I thought of starting one and then looked at the zillions of things I already need to handle and decided against it. After all, these must be moderated and pretty regularly so extreme comments are addressed or removed, no scammers are present, etc.

But I was delighted to hear that someone else started a group earlier this year for our community and gladly joined. And from there, were my eyes been opened to a lot of things I hadn’t realized. Neighbors claiming the landscaping wasn’t good enough, the trash should be emptied more often, the pool chairs need to be cleaned, the staff is rude, the owner’s desk doesn’t do what they should, the security gate personnel are unfriendly. And on and on. Now this place I thought was fantastic suddenly took on a different vibe. Had we purchased poorly? Was this a sink hole of real estate vs the investment we thought it would be?

But as I walked around last week, trying to be more objective in my own assessment, I have to say the place was sparkling. Everyone was cordial, doing their jobs. The lawns were mowed, the pool was pristine, the trees were being pruned, paint was fresh. And I thought: man, what are these other owners thinking? Are they SEARCHING for things to complain about? I’m sure everything isn’t perfect (what is?) but from what I saw, it was pretty stellar. And yet, in that group: complain, complain, complain.

And it reminded me of the adage: Misery loves company. One starts complaining and others pile on and it escalates. And then it’s even harder to be the lone voice saying: Really? Are you really being fair in your assessment or are you nitpicking just to nitpick?

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