A semi truck jack knifed after crashing into the median according to Idaho State Police. The semi truck was traveling eastbound on I-84 when it went off the left should and crashed into the median. The driver was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby medical center for evaluation of injuries. Traffic through the left lane of I-84 was blocked for about five hours while crews worked to clear the scene.
What Does It Mean for a Truck to Jack Knife?
When a large 18 wheel semi truck and its trailer skid causing the trailer to swing out and stop to form a 90 degree angle, it is known as jack knife. The term jack knife refers to when the blade of a jack knife forms an angle with its protective handle. When a semi truck jack knifes it can create a very dangerous situation for any other vehicles on the road. To make matters worse, when a semi jack knifes it is likely it will also roll over.
What Causes a Semi Truck to Jack Knife?
Typically, when a semi truck jack knifes, the drive wheels are locked when they reach a slippery spot while the front wheels as well as the trailer keep rolling forward. Slick roads often cause jack knifing. Another cause for jack knifing is when the driver takes a curve too fast or swerves to avoid colliding with another vehicle or object.
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