Yellowknife ice trucking

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  1. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    Plus, once you do not have to worry about jumping out and still being plugged in. I have worn riding overpants in the UPS truck one winter. Daytime highs were in the -15 range. They really helped.
  2. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Hey folks, some bad news today. Details are a little scarce at the moment, but two semis collided about 200 kms outside Yellowknife earlier in the day, killing two and leaving a third in hospital. Dangerous goods were in at least one of the trucks so I think it quite possible that these were ice road trucks hauling fuel from Hay River to YK. Some of the fuel trucks load in Hay River, which is about 5 hours south of Yellowknife, but it could also have been a truck hauling prill from Red Deer, Alberta. 99% of the heavy truck traffic on Hwy 3 at this time of year is winter road related, but I suppose it doesn't really make any difference what the trucks were doing, it's awful that two drivers are dead. My thoughts to the friends and families of the victims, as well as my friends and colleagues just hearing the news on the radio and from their own friends. Drive safe everyone, please.
  3. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Still not many details being released, but the highway is still closed over 24 hours since the accident. At least one of the trucks was carrying explosives, the driver of that one is the one reported to have survived.
  4. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    godspeed to the deceased drivers

    This will increase the regulation on the road depending on what happened.
    Rod
  5. tmk

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    Sad news
  6. tmk

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    Tonight I phoned the home of a driver that I hauled with on the ice in 2009 Fortunately my friend Gord is well , Sadly though I met the driver of the tanker that was killed back in the '07 season .
    Apparently the driver of a north bound truck that was loaded with 1200 cases of explosives pulled out to pass a snowplow truck in an unsafe situation and unfortunately two drivers are dead and a passenger injured .
    Hopefully everyone that is working up on the ice has a safe season and I am sure this mishap has shaken everyone and hopefully makes everyone think twice on how they are running and the risks that they have to deal with their jobs .
    Drive safe !
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    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  8. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Hey boys & girls, how's everyone here?
    Last night after I got in, I usually like to book out and head north again, but boss man told dispatch not to let me out, he's been checking in on my times in and out, and he wanted me to get some sleep, he he he .
    I guess he's right, I've been sleeping 4-5 hrs a day, and skipping every 3rd day or so. It takes 24 hrs of driving to get to the mine site, couple hrs loading/ unloading , and every trip is an adventure, there is always someone in the snow bank or spun out , holding you up.
    So following the rules, you can make 3 trips a week, since I've been separated from my group, I've been driving at my own pace, logging in 4 1/2 loads a week.

    So last night I figured I'd get a good 6-7 hrs sleep, this morning I wake up to a road closer , so I get the day off.
    I think I am going to go into town and see the sights , and get me some souvenirs.
    Hey Ben I was able to get some awesome shots of the northern lights, well as good as I could without using a tripod, if I get a chance, I will try to upload them to the laptop and post them here.
  9. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    That's great, I'm glad that it's all going well - sounds like you're having fun! Enjoy your day off and I'd love to see those northern lights pics if you have the chance. I was never able to get a good one without a tripod - what's the secret?

    You should grab lunch at the Vietnamese Noodle House while you're in town, I miss that place!
  10. Unique458

    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    The first few days up here the nights were clear, but it's been overcast for a week or so, not very good driving conditions, hard to see.
    I was waiting at Lockhart to go north with someone, when the skies opened up for about an hour, so sitting there with nothing to do listening to Lad 1, i decided to try and get some shots of the northern lights, i knew they were going to be blurry, but i wanted to show my wife and daughter, this was the result.
    If i,m back here next year, i am bringing my trypod.

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  11. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent

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    Beautiful
  12. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    I'll say! Really nice pics! The bottom three look like the northbound road out of the Lockhart parking lot. Do I win a prize?!
  13. Klay

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    Wow!
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    Stunning , magical :thumb:thumb:thumb

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  15. Boondoggle

    Boondoggle no good deed

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    Thanks for the pics, Unique. Well done :thumb
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    Unique458 Been here awhile

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    Yes you are right on the money, as far as a prise? I'll send more pictures! LOL
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    Amazing pics of the Northern lights man!

    4 1/2 trips per week? Hmm maybe tanker yanker isnt so bad after all...
  18. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent

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    the two things about tank work, it unloads fairly fast and also loads fast. leading to quick turns.
  19. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    4 1/2 trips to Diavik a week is very impressive. To do that and still get 4 to 5 hrs sleep each day is almost bionic! :eek1
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    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    ....if it would be allowable for a tanker driver to switch to general loads if and when all tank loads were completed, or would he be strung up by the other drivers?