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Sep 2, 2009 4:39 PM by Officers estimate 100 trucks will fail surprise inspection.

Dangerous trucks

How safe is that truck on the interstate?

A massive inspection set up through several agencies shows some hidden flaws that could be deadly.

Fountain Police, Colorado Springs Police, El Paso County Sheriff's, State Patrol, and CDOT are working together at the inspection station at the Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Trucks going south on Interstate 25 have been forced to pull off the highway, and subject their trucks to intense inspections.

Trained inspectors are checking breaks, load weight, airlines, cracks. They also have K-9 dogs sniffing for any illegal loads.

In two days, officers say about 60 trucks have had problems so dangerous they've been pulled off the road. Fountain officer Don McDonald says, "About 10% of trucks we see are going to be out of service for violations, for serious violations." Fountain Chief Dan Corsentino says, "That's a lot of trucks that we deem not worthy of traveling the interstate, and posing a threat to other drivers on the interstate."

The inspections will go one more day. Fountain police say the timing is for a reason. They wanted to get some of these dangerous trucks off the road before the busy travel weekend ahead.

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