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Truck strikes 'yoga pose' after massive crash

23 May 2012, 11:23

Published: 23 May 2012 11:23 GMT+02:00

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“It is not completely clear what caused the accident. But one theory is that the first truck tried to avoid some rubbish on the road and stepped on the brakes. The vehicles behind didn’t notice in time,” said Jan Callas of the emergency services in Jönköping to local news site jnytt.se.

The accident occurred at 12.54 on the E4 highway south of Jönköping. Four tankers suddenly crashed into each other, lifting one up high in the air like a huge letter A.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene and managed to get all drivers out the vehicles unharmed. One of the drivers was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

The fire brigade was counting on a drawn out salvage operation as there were concerns that one of the vehicles would tip over onto the traffic travelling in the other direction.

Traffic was seriously delayed in both directions.

“There are long queues already and I think it will look like this for several hours,” said Callas to the paper shortly after the accident.

There were initially concerns that the tankers were carrying cargo that might prove dangerous to the public if exposed.

But the emergency services soon quashed the fears, explaining that the four tankers, all from Sweden, were only carrying sand and timber.

Around 8pm the salvage operation was completed and traffic was running smoothly again.

The investigation into the incident is still on-going with the people involved being questioned by police, according to the paper.

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TT/Rebecca Martin


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Your comments about this article

12:43 May 23, 2012 by irridium
yeah, that's a 'downward dog' alright.
16:17 May 23, 2012 by millionmileman
A Scania doing a full Lotus!
19:29 May 23, 2012 by Vermaldeehide
This happens fairly frequently, as such it has been named. It is usually referred to by the insurance industry as a jack knifed truck. Why didn't anyone look this up before making up a silly headline like that one.

Yoga must be popular in the author's life.
20:57 May 23, 2012 by Tobugrynbak
A truck accident where it "Jack knifes" refers to the trailer swinging around the tractor(truck) such that the trailer is trying to take the "lead". This forms the horizontal V shape of a jack knife (flick knife).

The accident above is not a jack knife accident, looks like the trailer separated from the load tank and under ran the leading truck. There will be many answers to question regarding the road worthiness of this truck trailer combination.

Still looks funny but......
21:42 May 23, 2012 by Vermaldeehide

Thanks for the correction, I was just not understanding how this newspaper puts together headlines.

I appreciate the info though. Sorry for my confusion.

23:32 May 23, 2012 by Uncle
Look at the cab withstanding a force of two cisterns from one side, assisted by inertia law and a standing truck from the other side. The freaking chassis bent, but the cab withstood!

Volvo is nr 1!
10:22 May 24, 2012 by rise
Lorry drivers leaves too small a gap between the trucks, making accidents like these possible. The drivers are probably doing this cause it gives a good chance saving diesel money in the farther truck's undertow. A good amount of money they've been saving now, causing this accident! :P
16:58 May 25, 2012 by james_g
I am a little bit puzzled. Tankers carrying sand and TIMBER???
18:25 May 29, 2012 by sunnchilde
YES, but now can it do "Resting Crane"?
01:16 May 30, 2012 by mcarroll1
Crashed making a big A... for ar..hole. Police allayed fears of a toxic spill stating the tankers were carrying sand and timber -- another A .. for ar..hole.
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