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CHP issues alert to truckers after big rig nearly hits top of runaway ramp on I-5

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is reminding drivers about the importance of pre-trip inspections and CMV speed limits after a truck driver was forced to use a runway truck ramp.

The warning message was issued by CHP’s Fort Tejon/Grapevine Division on February 21.

The “RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMP” are located on the east and west side of northbound I-5 for this reason. This commercial vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed prior to entering the ramp it almost traveled to the end of the ramp. This driver was either traveling too fast down grade or suffered a possible mechanical failure. Either way, they observed and used the “RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMP” before being involved in or causing a crash” troopers said.

CHP is asking truck drivers to step it up in terms of pre-trip inspections and obeying the speed limit to help prevent similar runway truck situations.

Doing the pre trip inspection for commercial drivers prior to travel is of the utmost importance, so don’t rush it. Make sure the equipment is in good working order and the load is secure. Obey all laws related to commercial vehicles, especially lanes and speed limits. Please travel safe,” CHP said.

Runaway trucks on the Grapevine have been a major issue for many years.

Notably, in 2017, two people were killed on the Grapevine when their truck hit the ramp at a very high rate of speed, resulting in the ejection of the passenger.

Two killed on the Grapevine when runaway ramp fails to stop truck
CHP 2017

See below for video of a semi truck driver using a runaway ramp on the Grapevine on January 8, 2020.

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