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post #1 of 28 Old 08-04-2011, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Rider killed by truck on the Dragon

Truck crossed the centre lane. RIP Dwight.

Motorcycle driver dies on way to hospital after crash along "The Dragon" | wbir.com

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post #2 of 28 Old 08-04-2011, 09:54 AM
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Wow, that's horrible!

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It still baffles me why trucks are allowed on a road they have no hope of negotiating without crossing over the centerline.

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I thought I read somewhere that they WEREN'T allowed on The Dragon?

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I've personally seen the signs on both ends telling truckers to find a detour, but I don't know that they are necessarily banned from the route.

It's a horrible accident that will hopefully push the state(s) to ban trucks from that stretch of road. RIP

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Trucks are allowed.



Incidently, trucks aren't the only problem:




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But those vehicles are capable of making it without crossing the centerline. A tractor trailer, no way.

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Agreed. Something should be done.

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I have something to say on this matter but I will digress till a later time. However, no one is a perfect driver or rider. We see trucks on the same type roads in CO all the time. It all goes back to being mindfull of what you are doing and where you are.

Edit: RIP for a fallen Rider.

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Even if it was a truck only route, it's still not conducive. I vote ban.

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Never been to the dragon (never been to alotta places)...in past years there has been more traffic there than ever, including police (on bikes) handing out tickets (read this on a few forums). It's hard to have fun on a road like that when you have to worry about trucks/cars, LEO's, and even your fellow biker behind you..the dragon is a magnet for everything good and bad, I'll stay way.

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I dont know if am the only one bugged by the wording the writer uses. "motorcycle died on the way to the hospital after his motorcycle hit a truck" the truck hit his motorcycle.
i feel bad for the rider.

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Update the driver of the semi was charged today with vehicular homicide.

He was survived by 2 daughters 10 and 14 and a sweet girlfriend.

Thanks guys for your thoughts and prayers.

I was supposed to join him and a few other friends at Deals Gap friday but my sweetheart of a girlfriend was so upset I decided to go at a later time.

Thanks again guys,
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I knew him through Facebook and the motovlogging community on YouTube.

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Here's a video one of the guys that attended the Deals Gap meetup posted about the accident.

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That awful. 18 wheelers should be banned on that road. They cant navigate it without using the entire road.

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That awful. 18 wheelers should be banned on that road. They cant navigate it without using the entire road.

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unbelievable, that's all I can say.

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RIP. I am personally scared of any road with blind corners simply because of ongoing traffic on my side. By the time you see them, it'll be the last thing you see.

That trucker in the video looks lost. Those guys get paid for rolling, not idling. He's wasting time, losing money, and is probably cursing himself for getting his big rig stuck on that road. They are like any other group, some good and some bad. At least he's going super slow and trying not to kill anyone - more than I can say for some of the rigs I see plowing through city streets in Miami.

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BAD DEAL............If I were a truck driver I would avoid that road like the plague.

Way too many people cross the center line there.

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I can see the rational for the drivers making the attempt. It probably looks like a sweet shortcut that will save them HOURS on the map they picked up at the Pilot station. Reality is in the Chaos video posted above.

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It is great that you guys signed up. Unfortunately it is not a valid petition if there is no signature. It doesn't matter if a million people "sign".
RIP rider.

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It is great that you guys signed up. Unfortunately it is not a valid petition if there is no signature. It doesn't matter if a million people "sign".
RIP rider.
You mean it's a government ruse to see how many folks want more regulations?

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