Runaway Truck Ramps

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 3 November 2011 in Documentary & Street.

We drove to Lewiston, Idaho yesterday. This is a shot of one of the five runaway truck ramps on US 95 which drops about 1,000 feet (304.8m) over 6 miles (9.6k) to Lewiston. These deep sand truck ramps are availabile to trucker's who experience brake failure on the 7% grade and are in a life threatening, unstoppable truck. The state had posted a sign telling truckers they will not be fined if they use a runaway truck ramp….as though a driver might avoid a fine when faced with a serious, life-threatening wreck! h:-)i

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

A runaway truck is a scary thought!

3 Nov 2011 5:36am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

that is a nice safety ramp, the ones near me are dirt / sand surface with sandstone walls (carved out of the sandstone, doh) and they look like they just get narrower as it ascends, i assume the semi just gets wedged in there...

3 Nov 2011 7:07am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

At least it hasn't been used recently.

3 Nov 2011 7:34am

L'angevine from Angers, France

hein mieux vaut la descendre avec de bons freins!!!!lol

3 Nov 2011 8:57am

tataray from france, France

Effectivement .. très dangereux .
Et les camions avec le poids sont encore plus mis en danger...
C'est effrayant de voir ça...))

3 Nov 2011 10:16am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

After a bad accident we have even that. http://home.drk-rengsdorf.de/seg/herborn.html
At the accident burned down the half city. A scenery like in a war.
Your picture is well made.

3 Nov 2011 10:19am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wow, that's one hell of a big catch!

3 Nov 2011 12:07pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Now that's a mixed message-use the ramp to save life, but we'll fine you. How stupid is that!

3 Nov 2011 12:10pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This is something you don't see every day, that's for sure. What a concept, though it is truly valuable. A part of the price we pay for building transportation routes through difficult terrain. Excellent shot, Don.

3 Nov 2011 12:59pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Interesting information about the truck ramps, I didn't know they existed; great frame and scene. Great post and very informative.

3 Nov 2011 1:05pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Dangerous and impressive runaway

3 Nov 2011 5:04pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very interesting lines here

3 Nov 2011 5:14pm

Harry from Apex, United States

Glad to see Animus3 back up. In this day of "a seperate charge for everything" it is not surprising that a trucker would think twice about incurring a fine.

This is a fine documentary shot of this roadside facility.

3 Nov 2011 5:25pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I remember seeing these in the west - they are amazing...the actually need some in a few spots back here but I have never seen them....Great POV Don!!

3 Nov 2011 5:39pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

well done

3 Nov 2011 6:12pm

Frida from Sweden

That is a scary thought but nice to have ramps like this to help them stop.

3 Nov 2011 9:49pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

makes me think of the old Whitebird Hill before they re-routed it

3 Nov 2011 10:09pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

If they went fast enough maybe it'd become a launch pad... ? :0

4 Nov 2011 4:45am

Earl from Salisbury, NC, United States

We have many similar ramps in the mountains of NC. I always thought it would be some kind of ride to hit one of those things at speed in an 18-wheeler. :-)

4 Nov 2011 1:57pm

Candace from Phoenix, AZ, United States

We have those here in northern AZ, too. I've always been worried I'll be in front of a runaway truck, not fun.

5 Nov 2011 1:26am

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Imagine giving someone a fine to avoid an accident? I saw many of these too while traveling out west.....I always imagined one flying up one of those to stop.....phew!

5 Nov 2011 2:37am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I love the humour...we have those signs too. The first time I saw one, my imagination just went haywire...as if the truck ran-away deliberately, and had to go up those steep ramps, just for the fun of it, how droll! I'm sure you get it! I love the light in this shot and all the yellow. :OD

5 Nov 2011 11:00am

Rose from United States

I somehow missed this--think I have seen something about these ramps somewhere else. I bet truckers are glad to make it to the bottom on some of those roads.

5 Nov 2011 3:33pm

Carole from United States

Yep, a familiar sight in the mountainous regions of Oregon. Great shot.

5 Nov 2011 4:44pm

Tricia from Poplar Bluff, United States

So, that has happened so much that it warrants the building of these ramps? OMGosh! Things are so much different out west than here! LoL! =)

6 Nov 2011 3:09pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Very impressive these Runaway truck ramps. Nice shot. :)

6 Nov 2011 3:35pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive drive-by capture, don!
i've seen numerous runway truck ramps here in the mountains, but fortunately they all looked as is they had never been used ... still, it's comforting to know they're there when they're needed ...

7 Nov 2011 6:10pm

yz from Budapest, Hungary

i've seen these in the neighboring austria many times
actually it's a great composition

8 Nov 2011 8:52am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

These ramps are fascinating but, I hope I never see one being used. A runaway truck that might weigh over 100,000 pounds is a scary thought indeed.

9 Nov 2011 7:08pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

life/death or a fine? i'd choose the fine.. but yeah, these are lifesavers for some of those truckers.. nice capture.. :)

10 Nov 2011 2:13pm

Denise from United States

They added those signs about no fines for ramp use AFTER a truck lost his brakes and refused to use a ramp because he thought he'd get a big ticket- and landed at the bottom of the hill in the state police building. Amazing the stupidity of some people. It's people like that who make my profession look bad.

15 Jan 2012 7:22am