posted on Nov, 16 2012 @ 10:21 AM
reply to post by Afterthought
Flatbed trailers are designed so that the frame is incredibly strong, especially on the side. We call them Skateboards, because that's how they're
built. If you were to stand one on its side, you could put an incredible amount of pressure on it and it wouldn't fail. There was actually quite a
bit of damage to that trailer. You can see where it's bent in the middle.
As for the seats, those cargo straps that are holding the seats in place are rated over 2500 lbs or higher depending on the straps. I've seen a few
that were rated over 5000 lbs. They are used to hold steel rolls, airplanes, and over things in place, and do so quite nicely.
There was nothing holding the people on the trailer in place however. When the train hit, they were thrown off the back of the truck, which is not an
insubstantial height. The back of a trailer is chest high on me, and I'm 6'1. As for why they couldn't get off in time, these were Wounded Warriors,
which means a lot of them were probably amputees, which means they needed assistance to get up and down.
edit on 11/16/2012 by Zaphod58
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