Had A Near Miss During A Storm

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Susan D. 's Comment
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One day this past week.. Wednesday? Since I'm teaming we never stop the truck so it's hard to remember one day from the next lol., Anyway, I typically drive days and was almost to Indy (headed south on i65) when I ran into a nasty storm. It was pouring like crazy so visibility was poor and I had slowed to allow for conditions. A flatbedder came flying past me about the time we crested a hill andreached a bridge with water flowing OVER it due to flash flooding. Omg, that flatbed hit that water, and his trailer began to jackknife/swing right towards my tractor. He quickly floored it and got his trailer straight while I was downshifting like crazy to get slowed as much as possible before hitting the water and the cars fishtailing all over in front of me.. It all happened so fast. It really scared and shook me up so bad I yelled and woke up my codriver and had him ride in the jump seat with me till I could calm down since pulling over wasn't safe either.

I've driven through some nasty weather but had never hit a flash flood like that. Scary scary stuff!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sorry to hear that but glad u are safe. And thought quickly enough to downshift.

I drove thru a flash flood with my Mustang once....wasn't fun

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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The theme for tonight seems to be expect the unexpected. And don't let your guard down. Spooky stuff.

Gladhand's Comment
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Glad you are ok. A driver earlier this week killed some people on I5 because he was driving to fast and hit stopped traffic. A drunk driver in a little fiat almost took some cars out I front of me today in Redlands, Ca. Good thing I keep a big following distance.

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Phoenix's Comment
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Wow glad y'all are safe!! Flash floods are nerve wracking at best. We were in Houston a couple months ago when a storm caused flash flooding all over. Our trainer drove full speed through practically blinding rain...scared the crap out of me! I have a picture of the truck pushing the hood-high water like a wave in front of us. I'm really glad you're o.k...and hope the flatbedder slows down for conditions in the future.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I almost wet my pants lol and I also keep a nice following distance which I'm sure saved my @ss. The flatbedder passed me again south of Indy near Whiteland. He probably needed to stop to change his shorts, but his quick thinking to speed up to straighten his jackknife sure helped too. I woke up my experienced codriver and just knowing he was beside me and awake (and now wearing a seatbelt) helped me calm down somewhat and keep crawling on till we were almost out of Indy when it finally let up and all the storm drains began to catch up.

Crossing that flooded bridge was nuts, but the flooded strip was *only* about 3 ft wide and maybe 18" deep where the water was rushing across it and there was no way any of us could stop before we reached it due to going downhill and our wet brakes. I came within about 6? feet of the car ahead of me.. way too close. I had already slowed to about 45mph and had my hazards on because it was raining so hard when I came over the hill and saw the water coming over the bridge.

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Phoenix's Comment
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I have the MyRadar app on my phone now, thanks to Houston and Cheyenne. I get warnings for things like severe storms or flash floods.

Last Shadow's Comment
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Sue D., reading your episode makes me think what would my reaction would be if I ever face a situation like yours, thanks for sharing and I'm glad your safe n good to go,.....out

I almost wet my pants lol and I also keep a nice following distance which I'm sure saved my @ss. The flatbedder passed me again south of Indy near Whiteland. He probably needed to stop to change his shorts, but his quick thinking to speed up to straighten his jackknife sure helped too. I woke up my experienced codriver and just knowing he was beside me and awake (and now wearing a seatbelt) helped me calm down somewhat and keep crawling on till we were almost out of Indy when it finally let up and all the storm drains began to catch up.

Crossing that flooded bridge was nuts, but the flooded strip was *only* about 3 ft wide and maybe 18" deep where the water was rushing across it and there was no way any of us could stop before we reached it due to going downhill and our wet brakes. I came within about 6? feet of the car ahead of me.. way too close. I had already slowed to about 45mph and had my hazards on because it was raining so hard when I came over the hill and saw the water coming over the bridge.

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worrywort's Comment
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Glad you're ok, OP!

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