What Made this New Ford F-250 Flip?

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Forum member shares hour-long video captured from bodycam of tow-truck driver and asks everyone their opinion on the odd accident.

Trailering accidents are almost always a mess with lots of carnage and when you have a huge trailer like the one in the video above, you can expect serious damage on all fronts. Oddly, the new Ford F-250 in the video above managed to flip while pulling a trailer while the trailer itself remained upright.

The Introduction

The video above showing the aftermath of a new Ford F-250 Super Duty wrecking under load was recently shared to the forum by “wb6anp.” In that thread, he linked the hour-long video that was captured from a bodycam on one of the tow-truck drivers and he asked everyone their opinion on the accident.

“How the hell did he do this and NOT flip the trailer. They said during the video it was a brand new truck and trailer.”

As we can see in the video and the discussion on the forum, this Ford F-250 was brand new when the accident happened, as was the trailer. Oddly, for a truck that was said to be brand new, it clearly has some big aftermarket wheels and some people speculate that it had a lift kit. We don’t know for sure, but it certainly looks like it might.

New F-250 Wrecked

Overweight with Aftermarket Parts

Many members also voice their concern that the Cyclone trailer being pulled was heavier than the maximum towing capacity of this single-rear-wheel truck with the stock wheels and ride height, while the aftermarket components may have lowered the towing capacity even further.

Looking at the cyclone page, most have a DRY weight in the 15k#-17k# range. I know that a few on this site with SRW trucks that passionately argue how safe they are towing above the ratings; this is just one more example of not enough truck for the trailer. Running near or past the ratings witn a fifth wheel trailer will feel just fine until something goes wrong.

This may have been driver error, equipment failure, or an unavoidable move due to another driver’s error. Either way, surely an 8′ wide DRW is less likely to flip than a 6’6″ wide SRW, especially when towing something that large. I’m glad nobody was hurt.

Paw’s 150 Lariat:
The trailer was probably exceeding the truck’s payload at stock height. Adding a lift takes away the needed rake of the truck and also makes the truck top heavy…not good for towing heavy. Kind of like putting a 35K load on a single axle highway tractor when a tandem axle is needed. I pulled our trailer with son in laws F-250 and cringed every time I drove on our bouncy Louisiana hwys. Night and day difference with the DRW F-350 I have now.

The Driver Speaks Up

The OP shared this information from the comment section of the video, offering input from the driver of the crashed F-250.

Update to incident: I was traveling 40 mph and the light went to yellow switched in less than 2 seconds. I did run the light, it was my fault 100% however after talking to CHP he says these lights are not timed correctly. I could not stop in time, I laid on my horn for what seemed forever (no eye contact from driver) He rear ended the back of my bed. Very scary my son (8) and daughter (5) and wife are all okay. I’m a good driver however today was not my day. It could of been a lot worse. Thank you for all the kind words. See you all soon!”

Based on that, we know that the driver ran a red light and somehow, a vehicle proceeding with cross-traffic on green managed to hit the rear end of the truck. That seemingly knocked the truck sideways, at which point the weight of the trailer rolled the Super Duty onto its side. At some point, the fifth wheel hitch ripped out of the bed and that is what likely saved the trailer from flipping over with the truck.

Even after the driver information was shared, members have continued to discuss this strange accident for ten pages, offering their input on how this mess could have been avoided.

Click here to head to the thread to offer your insight on the accident.

Patrick Rall is a regular contributor to LS1Tech and JK Forum, among other auto sites.

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