I like the arm stabilizer things on truck #2.
In the third photo, there's something that looks like it could be a stabilizer for the first truck. Look to the right of the white car's grill. It's a pretty flimsy fold-out-looking affair if that's what it is, but I'm beginning to doubt it. The I-beam on the second truck definitely looks more viable.
I'd probably be willing to bet that the first truck would've been just fine if the driver had been able to park it with the cab facing away from the water.
I think what you're seeing there is part of the wall, not a stabalizer on the truck.
I remember my first mistake with center of mass calculations!
More photos of the incident here
Uh, those are exactly the same pictures.
Except your link is now requiring some sort of moon-language registration process.
Michael Long cranes: "My crane is bigger"
Looks like somebody stuck a crane onto a regular flatbed without adding feet as well. Leastways, I can't see any feet on that thing. What a mouthbreather.
Wonder if the operator got off before it went in the drink.
It has feet, just small ones.
Where did the guy in the blue go between the 2nd and 3rd pictures?
Looks like he might've gone for a coffee and returned in the 4th picture.
Time for the conspiracy theories!
Me and my stupid apple][ math. 3rd and pics, returns in the 5th.
What I find interesting is that he clearly had the car in the air for some time before they went in. Which means that at least for a while, the physics were working out in the truck's favor. So I wonder what happened to upset the equation.
I would really like to believe that a big pelican landed on the car, but I would guess it's probably more likely that the crane started to bring the car around and somehow the twist sent everyone in the drink.
I fully support your proposed pelican-cock technology.
I've been sniggering at this all day, partly because I think it happened just up the road from where I grew up. (It looks like the Galway Bay area, possibly outside Clarenbridge.) As for why it went over so late, it does look like they swung it around, putting the CG over the quay, but the truck bed twists faster, so it could have been a structural failure there.
I really really wish the second truck had gone in too.
You're close--it's Kinvarra pier just a few miles away
My sources say Roundstone in Connemara.
We'll have to track down Longs then! I grew up close by, so I still have my money on Kinvarra!
Michael Long's Truck Hire is in Oranmore, not an impossible distance for either. But a news story from September has been found, which seems to match the parameters:
AND there's a photo gallery, with the pictures (embedded in some Flash bollix), as well as the ever-amusing Hookers Of Roundstone.
Good on ya!!
reminds me of...translation: "ease your nerves - speedbus serves"
Someone made a nice animated GIF out of those pictures; naturally, can't find the link now.