Truck Loses Back Wheels At Tynes Bay Gate

March 14, 2014

A truck entering the Tynes Bay Waste Treatment Facility on Palmetto Road in Devonshire on Tuesday [Mar 11] restricted the entrance at approximately 12pm when the truck was seen without its back wheels on right side of the vehicle.


Traffic cones were set up by facility staff at roadside to restrict other vehicles attempting to gain entry. The exit gate to the property was temporarily set up to accommodate the entry and exit of traffic with a member of staff on hand to assist directing traffic.


A number of passing motorists stopped by the entrance to have a look at the stricken vehicle with its back axle resting on the tarmac.

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  1. Double Seven Single Niner says:

    This is why I stick to yachting.

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Wheels do not fall off vehicles for no reason. I’m betting the truck just came from the garage where the lug nut mechanic did not torque the wheel lug nuts.

    I guess the driver did not feel or ignored the vibration of a wheel about to fall off moments before it actually did.

    Lucky this is Bermuda where the speeds are low. Imagine the results of wheels flying off at highway speeds.

    • Micro says:

      Conclusions conclusions. Several other things could’ve lead to this. Such as metal fatigue on the lugs due to to age or over-tightened lug nuts causing added stress on the lugs – which can be just as damaging as under-tightening.

      • Carlton Smith says:

        Micro, truck wheels and lugs are designed to hold far more than the actual weight and capacities of the trucks and their loads. Not withstanding that fact, this particular truck has 10 studs on each wheel. There are trucks on the road in Bermuda that are over 25 years old approaching 30 and this does not happen to them. This is clearly a case of someone (more than one person) not checking the vehicles BEFORE daily use. In almost every country worldwide, a driver is responsible for CHECKING the road worthiness of his vehicle BEFORE daily operation. One KEY area of this daily check is wheel nuts/lugs.

        I will add that sometimes in heavy equipment garages, both back wheels on a side are removed and replace together versus separately with their respective nuts/lugs. In such cases there is an increased probability of undertightening (or even not at all) because the outer nuts will be tight and there will be no movement between the two wheels, BUT they will not be properly fastened to the hub.

        The pic clearly shows this NOT to be the case because both wheels are separated. This could only mean that NONE of the nuts, nor any of the lugs were sufficiently secured, before operation.

        Triangle Drifter, on a loaded truck of a gross weight of nearly 18 tons, you WILL NOT feel a “wobble” in the rear wheel due to the weight. Instead there will be sudden and complete failure.

  3. nuffin but the truth says:

    oh he’s welly in da $*** now.