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csimeniuk 100600 158 Broken Ice Bridge either
Broken Ice Bridge
Pictures sent to me by a friend of a tank truck that broke
through winter ice road in Northern Canada. Winter roads
that cross muskeg and lakes are the only means of land
travel to remote mines and gas processing plants. The ice
will support convoys of trucks as long as the speed is kept
low (20km/h). The ice swells slightly ahead of the trucks as
they travel. Go too fast and you catch up to the swell and
break through. No details on whether this truck was speeding
or just happened to hit a weak spot. Sucks to be him. :-[
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Another view.
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Another view.
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Your Friend took great pictures, hope he wasn't driving.
How did they get the truck out if the ice around it was so
broken up? Or did the truck or trailer just sink? :-(
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The same thing comes to my mind,How do they get the truck
out and does this cause environmental problems?

Roy Chapin
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I saw a program on the History Channel about Ice Bridges,
and if a truck gets stuck such as this on did, they have to
get a huge crane, a bunch of chains, get some water divers
to go under water, hook up the tractor and trailer, then if
the water is still frozen they have to use tnt and blow some
sections up to set the semi free, which most of the time all
that comes out of the truckers own pockets, and then he has
to pay a fin for his late load, and get a different truck.
There's always a concern if a a tanker breaks through the
ice because it could be damaged and be spilling it's load
into the water. It's always way worse when the whole truck
goes through the water also, this guy was very lucky he
could get out of the cab.
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Very impressive pictures ! Does such situation occurs often
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Where the ice is broken up at the rear of the trailer it
will have frozen solid again within a few hours if it is
cold enough. It is not uncommon to reach -50C in the middle
of winter where these ice roads are. The truck would be
pumped off to another rig and then cut from the ice with
chain saws, steam lances or small charges. A cranes can then
lift the entire unit free. Some breaks occur due to driving
to fast which does not happen often as drivers are aware of
the cost. Most breaks occur at weak spots where the edge of
the lake meets shore which is most common. Ice roads are
maintained with graders and are resurfaced by drilling holes
in the ice and allowing a layer of water to flood the ice
similar to a skating rink. Roads are generally only used for
about two months. Hope I answered everyone. Attached is an
aerial picture I came across of a section of the ice road.
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A lot of info inside it, thanks very much:-D
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