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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:42 AM

Three dead after car drives through gate, hits barrier at Georgia Air Force base




Glad to know these work, I drive over one every morning at Pax River

Three men were killed late Friday when their vehicle drove through a gate at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and collided with a security barrier, base officials said.

The incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. when the vehicle approached the Russell Parkway gate, but failed to stop as ordered by the sentry.


As the car accelerated through the gate, security personnel activated the barrier, which the vehicle struck "at a high rate of speed."

Two of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was transported to Houston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is a tragedy which we all feel deeply at Robins Air Force Base. We will thoroughly investigate to determine the facts and circumstances and what can be learned from this tragedy", said Col. Katrina Stephens, vice commander, 78th Air Base Wing. "Our thoughts are with the families of those lost.”

The identities of the victims are being withheld until their families are notified. They were not affiliated with the base.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/three-dead-vehicle-hits-barrier-robin-air-force-base

I don't think they were looking for Space Aliens

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:56 AM

1. I never understood the need to call deliberate acts a tragedy.

It's what they wanted to do. They may not have properly imagined the consequences of their actions, but it is what they wanted to do.

That's dumbassery, or even malicious, but it isn't a tragedy.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:59 AM

2. How does the barrier work?

I drive passed Fairchild AFB every now and again and I bet they have one as well. After 9/11 they completely changed their front gate set up. We picked my oldest up there when he was getting a hop on a transport plane one thanks giving. It's really posh now.

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:07 AM

3. If they are like the ones at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Al,

it's a solid barrier that shoots up out of the ground VERY FAST.

Not sure if it's pneumatic, hydraulic, or a mixture of both... air / oil cylinders.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:12 AM

5. I was thinking it would have to be extremely fast to stop a speeding vehicle.

Right after 9/11 they were using jersey barriers.

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 12:05 PM

10. Oh, it is



Very fast......

It is also controllable from the guard house. Good job by the MP’s or security folks.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:17 AM

6. It has a warning to not stop over the Barrier

I envision it cutting your Car in half if it pops up!

Ours looks similar to this


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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 01:06 PM

12. Those look like hydraulic lines going to the barrier,

and those pistons/cylinders look like "accumulators" - store high pressure hydraulic oil with fixed capacity..

We used a system like on the railway that which drove the tamper down over the ties into the ballast after the liner straightened out the track to keep the tracks in place.

The stored high pressure fluid was metered to peter out near the end of the tamper head travel so it didn't smash the frame right off the machine



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Response to Jardinier (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:08 AM

4. Very effectively, apparently.

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 06:01 PM

13. If it's similar to the one at Meade

It's not that close to the sentry box (50 ft or so), once you arrive at the gate you are forced into one lane with barriers on both sides, you have to cross the barrier to actually enter the fort proper.

Plenty of time for them to pop the barrier up. Same thing happened at Meade about a year ago, except the sentries opened fire too.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:50 AM

7. Here's what the barriers looked like when I responded to an accident at the USAFA

This was an accidental activation of the barriers that did a number on this guys rental car. He was moving at the 30mph speed limit for the area. I can imagine what would happen to a vehicle that was really moving.

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The photos were taken with the permission of the base security. This is from about 9 years ago.

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Response to cologeek (Reply #7)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 06:55 PM

14. One of the ECP's at South Victory in Baghdad had this. My 1SG and a PSG

had it activated on them while driving the cargo from CJ-SOTF @ RPC to Victory North (Tigerland) by some dumbass 36th Texas schmucks. Top and the PSG and 2 others injured and the 998 written off it was so badly damaged. IIRC 36th guys got Field grad article 15's and dunned for some of the cost of the cargo 998

Tops nose was broken, PSG had a broken wrist and 4 ribs and got sent home

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:51 AM

8. The military bought something that works right. the test was a success.

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 12:01 PM

9. Thoughts and prayers go out to the barriers family

The idiots in the car, not so much.


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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 12:15 PM

11. ''This is a tragedy which we all feel deeply at Robins Air Force Base''..uh, it's not a tragedy here

the people in the car obviously refused to obey the commands from those guarding the facility. Time will tell WHY they ignored the orders........

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Response to quad489 (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:17 PM

15. That's a PR flack speaking. They're the one you send out

when you don't want someone on the record saying "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:30 AM

16. the 3 were Guatemalans, at least 1 was an Illegal Alien- Yaney Perez-Perez

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