Terrible Sight

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Donna M.'s Comment
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Coming through Wyoming on east 80 today a semi flipped over across both lanes, windows busted out and traffic backed for at least 20 miles. Very scary sight.

Splitter's Comment
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Use it as a reminder. I saw one truck today that apparently drove across the grass divider, onto on-coming traffic lane then ended up on its side in a ditch on the side of the road.

Another time someone drove straight into the woods on the side of the road & managed to not hit anything & remained wheels down. Needed a wrecker to pull him out though.

There’s plenty of risks out here to keep you on your toes. I’ve had 2 deer near misses. Almost rear-ended a 4-wheeler cause I glanced at my GPS & dude 2 cars ahead of me decides to stop in the travel lane for no apparent reason whatsoever. Had to swerve onto the breakdown lane to avoid the driver ahead of me. Stuff happens that quickly out here.

G-Town's Comment
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Splitter wrote:

Almost rear-ended a 4-wheeler cause I glanced at my GPS & dude 2 cars ahead of me decides to stop in the travel lane for no apparent reason whatsoever.

Things can and will happen very quickly out here. A momentary lapse of focus or a second of inattentiveness (glancing away from the road) can be disasterous and life changing.

Almost goes without saying but needs to be emphasized...when you are in traffic (like 3 cars at close range in front of you) at highway speeds you must manage your space vigilantly and can NOT afford to look at anything but the road and what’s in front of you.

I’m very glad you didn’t hit anything. You were lucky there was an open and firm space to bale.

Splitter's Comment
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Splitter wrote:

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Almost rear-ended a 4-wheeler cause I glanced at my GPS & dude 2 cars ahead of me decides to stop in the travel lane for no apparent reason whatsoever.

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Things can and will happen very quickly out here. A momentary lapse of focus or a second of inattentiveness (glancing away from the road) can be disasterous and life changing.

Almost goes without saying but needs to be emphasized...when you are in traffic (like 3 cars at close range in front of you) at highway speeds you must manage your space vigilantly and can NOT afford to look at anything but the road and what’s in front of you.

I’m very glad you didn’t hit anything. You were lucky there was an open and firm space to bale.

Thanks GTown! It was in heavy VA traffic that had just opened up & was just getting me bearings. Just when you think you have enough of a cushion some idiot shows you that you actually don’t.

Definitely a huge lesson learned, not to mention, even huge-r pucker moment!

G-Town's Comment
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I had the exact same thing happen to me several years back, at my 9 month mark of experience...middle lane of I-78 West where PA 22 merges with it... person stopped dead in the middle lane, with their right turn signal on.

Although I was attentive two things I learned that day; whenever there is a major high-speed merge like that, I always reduce speed and following distance, especially in heavy traffic.

Second; situational awareness (driving in the North East) taught me to be acutely aware of and anticipate dumb moves like this. I apply an elevated level of respect for that sort of road design.

Again; really glad you learned from it.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Use it as a reminder. I saw one truck today that apparently drove across the grass divider, onto on-coming traffic lane then ended up on its side in a ditch on the side of the road.

Was this on US 287 NB lane in TX? Light blue? Looked like they had a blow out on the right stear coming in the curve.

Splitter's Comment
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Was this on US 287 NB lane in TX? Light blue? Looked like they had a blow out on the right stear coming in the curve.

This was on I-80 or maybe I-76. Can’t remember exactly which of the two.

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