Truck Crashes – Bolts in Spring Hanger Broke
Truck Crashes after Bolts in Spring Hanger Broke
A tractor trailer truck loaded with pulpwood was travelling south on Highway 8 in Milton, Queens County. The driver heard a loud snap in the front-end. It appears the bolts in the right spring hanger broke off. The front axle slid back, jamming the wheel against the frame and body.
The series of events resulted in loss of steering and the dumping of the load. There was additional damage to the truck when it left the road. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. The driver was wearing his seat belt and travelling at or below the speed limit.
Recommendations to Prevent a Recurrence
Additional attention must be given when servicing highway trucks in areas such as steering to prevent bolt fatique.
Inspect suspension for broken bolts or loose spring hangers during regular maintenance checks.