goathead wrote:or bleeding out on the scene if you hit something major.
sounds like you did the right thing.
if you aint dead in a few minutes, its just a nice little break.
dirty bandana? to stop the flow and getting back to work.
TomServo wrote:Ever consider truck driving? About daily, I almost kill someone... but their are a few incidents, that I remember with such clarity. Glad to hear it was just a fright!
ygmir wrote:TomServo wrote:Ever consider truck driving? About daily, I almost kill someone... but their are a few incidents, that I remember with such clarity. Glad to hear it was just a fright!
well, share, that's what this thread is about..........
*scooting chair closer to screen*
Deb Prothero wrote:Glad to hear you're okay, ygmir.
I haven't told this story yet since it happened this year on the way to the burn and I wanted to figure out in my own mind if I could have done anything differently. I'm afraid to say I think I did all I could. Any advice from truck drivers as to how I could have avoided this would be appreciated.
Approaching a place on I80 where two lanes went to the right and two went to the left for one of those major direction changes just before a major city. Can't think where just now. I was in the second lane to proceed to the right. A truck was about three car lengths behind me but in the far right lane.
All of a sudden I realize (with the help of my passenger screaming) that the vehicle I am approaching in my lane has its four ways on and is NOT moving. As in, sitting on the lane and NOT moving. Glancing in the mirror I realize I can just make it in front of that truck if I give it some gas. So I swerve into that lane. And we did swerve 'cause it went up on two wheels. Fortunately I was able to hold it and get straightened around.
Just as I get straight, I look in my rear view mirrors, I realize the truck had swerved into the lane I had been in possibly thinking that he needed to do this to avoid me. He hit that car that was sitting still and blew it to smithereens. I saw the pieces fly.
I pulled over 'cause I was shaking like a leaf. Stayed on the side of the road for about a half hour. I was on the end of the curve at the side of the road so I could not see any parts of the vehicle that had been hit by the truck. I could see that the truck had come to rest in the median just before hitting a bridge abuttment.
I've been thinking about this incident long and hard. I don't know if I could have done anything differently. And I don't know if I could have warned the truck driver but it was all I could do to avoid hitting that car myself.
oneeyeddick wrote:As a truck driver, I thought that motorcycles didn't count as an actual kill.