Tractor-Trailer Rollover

A tractor trailer rolled over after going around an exit ramp on I-80. Investigation revealed that the weld holding the fifth wheel plate to the trailer gave way causing the trailer, tractor and load to turn onto its left side. The load, a large steel coil, never came detached from the trailer. Excess speed was not an issue, since the driver completed the curve and was on the straight away. Once the welds holding the trailer fifth wheel plate to the trailer failed, the failure allowed the fifth wheel plate to peel away from the underside of the trailer, causing the trailer and tractor to overturn while the load remained securely strapped to the trailer. Lake Superior Court, Cause 45D05-0408-CT-00198.

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