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Old 02-04-08, 07:35 PM
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I almost died tonight, and i ain't kidding!

I went to Indianapolis for a committee meeting for logistics in the Tour de Cure event at ithe Speedway and it was really foggy coming home. To make a long story short, I was on my way home and about 20 miles out from Lafayette, in heavy fog, I almost ran underneath a trailer attached to a semi, across the laned 90 degrees relative to the road........the trucks trailer lights weren't working and he'd pulled halfway across the 4 lane road turning left.

Thank the engineers at GM that designed the ABS system and handling characteristics of the Lumina van......we stayed upright and was able to stop. There was almost NO warning just suddenly I realized there was an unl;it wall across the highway, and realized it was a tractor trailer when I saw the tractors lights and could actually see the wall of a BLACK trailer in the dark, in the fog, just over the top of a rise...........

Stupid frickin truck driver had pulled across and gotten stuck in the median with his tractor and hadn't bothered to put out flares or anything, and was sitting on his ass in the cab because he didn't want to get his feet muddy. , and consequently, I almost died. It's a good thing I don't habitually carry, or I'd have had some serious temptation.....

When I managed to stop, my hood was under the freakin trailer!

All the driver had to say was "sorry dude, but I got stuck and didn't want to get muddy"


ASSHAT!
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Wow Tom.

Good living and quick bike skills were working out for you here. How is the family taking this?

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Holy crap! That was a close call. I know what the fog is like out there.

Glad your lighting fast reflexes saved you Tom. Your right about the guy being an asshat.

Anyone else could have been killed in the same situation.
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Glad you are still around Tom. Fog is the only driving condition that really scares me.
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holy cow! good to hear it was a close call & nothing bad happened.
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I'm glad you are safe Tom. Have you wondered if your dealings as "Arbitro de la inquisicion " is coming to bite you back???"
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Old 02-04-08, 08:59 PM
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Skidmarks on the road AND underwear I still have the shakes.......
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Hope you have recovered from the shock by now. I think I would have started shaking about twenty minutes after realizing I could have been dead.

Are you physically all right? Did the van make it as well?

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Jeezum Crow! I'm glad you're okay. Sorry-ass truckdrivers give the rest of us who hold CDLs a bad name.
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Glad to hear it was nothing worse that skid marks (on the road or in the shorts).
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No damage, we didn't hit, the windshield was about 4" from the bottom rail of the trailer and the hood was underneath. No contact with the truck at all, and I still have NO idea how I pulled this one off.
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Hope you have recovered from the shock by now. I think I would have started shaking about twenty minutes after realizing I could have been dead.

Are you physically all right? Did the van make it as well?

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Yeah, remember, I drove them for a LOT of years!

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Jeezum Crow! I'm glad you're okay. Sorry-ass truckdrivers give the rest of us who hold CDLs a bad name.
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I'm glad you did make it out of the situation okay. That fog today in Lafayette was pretty bad though, there were so many people driving without any lights on too. During the daytime, on a particularly foggy road, I saw a pickup turn onto the road right in front of another car. The other car had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the pickup. The car of course didn't have any lights on whatsoever and it was white so it was VERY hard to see it, plus the pickup couldn't see very far down the road where the car was coming from because of all the cars parked along the side. If there was an accident, they probably both would've had some fault since the white car was speeding and driving in heavy fog with no lights on and the pickup should've been more careful when turning.
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wow. really glad to hear that you are ok tom!
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it was VERY FOGGY on my way back from work..pea soup!
Lumina vans are cool...about as cool of a front end as you can put on a box.
dipstick trucker idiot.
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Yep, the fog REALLY sucked out in the county though tonight. Like I said, shook me bad and it's a good thing for the driver I didn't have a ball bat or worse. I think if he'd been willing to get out of the truck, I'd have gotten positively medieval on him at first.

I did get myself under control and helped him get flares and triangles out so someone else wouldn't hit him......not that I gave a........well, I can't say that word here, but I didn't want anyone else to hit him.

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I'm glad you did make it out of the situation okay. That fog today in Lafayette was pretty bad though, there were so many people driving without any lights on too. During the daytime, on a particularly foggy road, I saw a pickup turn onto the road right in front of another car. The other car had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the pickup. The car of course didn't have any lights on whatsoever and it was white so it was VERY hard to see it, plus the pickup couldn't see very far down the road where the car was coming from because of all the cars parked along the side. If there was an accident, they probably both would've had some fault since the white car was speeding and driving in heavy fog with no lights on and the pickup should've been more careful when turning.
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Well, let's also be thankful you aren't in jail for beating the tar out of him.
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Glad you dodged that one Tom. We've already lost more than I can bear and there's still 11 months left in the year. Besides, I'm on good behavior so I can make it to Indy in June.
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Tom,

Glad to hear you're OK. The fog was pretty thick here also. In fact I canceled a fitness ride on account of I didn't feel I could be visible enough. The drivers around here sure can be dumb huh?
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
When I managed to stop, my hood was under the freakin trailer!
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Glad you're okay, Tom. We get some really severe fog out in the central California area, too. About once a year, there's a huge pileup of several dozen to over a hundred cars. Fog is scary as hell to drive in, even without the thought in one's head of a semi draped across the road. Gah.
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Ypu need to get signed up......there's only 100 slots for the Century. There are road rides as well, but if you want the century, sign up soon. I also have a deal with the Brickyard Crossing Hotel for rooms.......

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Glad you dodged that one Tom. We've already lost more than I can bear and there's still 11 months left in the year. Besides, I'm on good behavior so I can make it to Indy in June.
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Yeah, and I've experienced it. It wasn't far from that tonight......went from reasonable to near 0 and BAM There's the truck......HOLY FREAKIN COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yep, the fog REALLY sucked out in the county though tonight. Like I said, shook me bad and it's a good thing for the driver I didn't have a ball bat or worse. I think if he'd been willing to get out of the truck, I'd have gotten positively medieval on him at first.

I did get myself under control and helped him get flares and triangles out so someone else wouldn't hit him......not that I gave a........well, I can't say that word here, but I didn't want anyone else to hit him.
believe me my commute is about as county as you can get.
picture a drive from 7 miles west of Angola to Howe than 1 mile north to Sturgis.
Hey didn't he have that high vis tape on the side? i think that's the law
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Yeah, and that tape was the only reason I realized it was a bloody trailer across the road......

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believe me my commute is about as county as you can get.
picture a drive from 7 miles west of Angola to Howe than 1 mile north to Sturgis.
Hey didn't he have that high vis tape on the side? i think that's the law
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believe me my commute is about as county as you can get.
picture a drive from 7 miles west of Angola to Howe than 1 mile north to Sturgis.
Hey didn't he have that high vis tape on the side? i think that's the law
Cover the trailer in dirt and add some fog and it's not as hi-vis anymore. Todays been rough, so it's almost a bright point to be relieved about this.
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