Georgia Officials Call Out Trucker for “Unattached Sliding Axle” With Fully Loaded Trailer
LaGrange, GA – The Georgia Department of Public Safety (GaDPS) has once again called out a trucker in its “Violation of the Week.”
On Monday, GaDPS made a post to its Facebook page of a semi-truck that had been observed smoking from the rear tandem.
A spokesperson with GaDPS told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) the incident took place on Friday, February 19.
The truck was traveling northbound on I-85 from Montgomery, AL when it arrived at Station 11 near mile marker 23 around 5 p.m.
Newly sworn-in GaDPS Officer Wine, along with Cadet Phillips, both of Region 5, observed smoke coming from the rear tandem as the truck entered the inspection station.
Not yet certified to inspect CMVs, Wine and Phillips notified a ranking Officer at the station of the situation.
Upon inspection, officials “discovered a severely worn sliding axle locking mechanism had become disengaged” as the truck was traveling from Alabama to Georgia.
The sliding axle was completely unattached from the trailer body and only being held in place by the weight of the fully loaded trailer, GaDPS said.
The smoke was caused by the dual tires, which had become locked together.
GaDPS confirmed to TNN the driver — whose identity was not released — was cited in the incident.
Additionally, the truck was placed out-of-service.
See the post from GaDPS below.
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