My First Accident!

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Donna M.'s Comment
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Yes I did it! Dumb, dumb and dumber! Even Kearney has told me her stories and I still screwed up. But I did put plenty of thought in screwing up. Here is how I did it! I’m going to my receiver, the entrance is at a red light on the left side, so I have to go down and turn around to enter. So, I pick a road it’s an industrial parkway, sounds safe for a truck. Find this little warehouse has gravel lot with cement pad in front. I could have made a loop and went out. But I was heavy little over 44 in the box, I didn’t want to break their cement. So I make a circle in the gravel as I came around my drive steer went on the grass. Boom, I felt my truck slid. I stop get out, there isn’t any standing water but I sunk to my short knees. Alabama Gumbo ! Now I’m trying to figure out what to do. Can’t dollie down, even tho trailer was still on gravel , no way to get back under it. I found some 4x4,s pieces put them in front and behind tire. They just disappeared in the mud. So time to call my fm , now I’ve probably talked to him on the phone 3 times since I’ve been with prime. He’s like what’s up? I’m stuck , half my truck is stuck in gumbo and I’m gonna be late for my appointment. I’m just rattling on how I got stuck. He says how far are u from your 90 ? About 1 mile. Okay, it’s 7:30 and your window is 08:00 to 11:00 how u gonna be late? I’m stuck in gumbo! He says what the hell is gumbo? What? I said I guess it’s a southern thing, it’s bad mud that keeps sucking u down into it. And right now it’s sucking the drivers side of my truck down into it. He said okay I sent message to RA, u fill out micro to RA and I’ll leave u with your gumbo. I think he was laughing under his breath. I didn’t think any of it was funny. Tow truck came, hooked to my trailer winched me about 4 foot and I was out. Made my appointment at 10:10. Guess I’ll be more hesitant about turning around any where!

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Whoops!!shocked.png

Laura

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Sorry. Next year you will think it is funny and warn new drivers with your tail. You are officially an experienced driver now. We all have at least one story.

Im coming up on my 4 year anniversary of my accident.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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It’s one of the most common mistakes drivers make. These trucks can’t go off road To good. What was the address of this place? I would like to look at it and see how I would of gone in and we could all help you out on this. I know when I was new I would pass up a thousand turns a month because I didn’t see any other choice but there’s usually some better planning I could of done to keep me from venturing into the unknown at the last minute. I still screw this stuff up all the time it’s just not as often anymore.

PackRat's Comment
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I slid on ice into a ditch near Iron Mountain, MI during my first week solo at Roehl. Had 45,000 lbs of paper in the trailer. I had no cell signal, only the Qualcomm. Dispatcher kept messaging me to call Breakdown. DUH! NO cell signal. Cannot call anyone. After the state police and the county police were there for an hour, a large wrecker showed up and pulled me out. No tickets and the only damage was a broken mud flap bracket.

Cheer up! You made your appointment on time, nobody got hurt, and you could drive away afterwards.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PJ's Comment
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Donna it happens, its over so put it behind you. Thank the good Lord it was no worse a situation. Things happen!!! I agree you now have your own personal story to tell to educate others a laugh at.

Sid V.'s Comment
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Hi Donna,

Be lucky you're not an o/o. I had a similar situation where I put one tire into the grass and got stuck. Saw the tow truck hook me then moved me one foot up, and two feet back into concrete and it costed me 350 bucks, lol.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Donna,

Sorry to hear about the mishap. All in though, sounds like it worked out okay.

The title of the post says "First Accident," but it sounds like you didn't hit anything. Is getting stuck considered a preventable accident?

Rob T.'s Comment
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That sucks you had to deal with that but atleast the only damage was to your pride smile.gif . This northern boy has never heard of it referred to as Gumbo either lol

Turtle protege says

The title of the post says "First Accident," but it sounds like you didn't hit anything. Is getting stuck considered a preventable accident?

I think it all depends on the company. 2 weeks before I switched to my current job I was delivering to a catering business that operated out of their farmhouse. I got stuck in mud out there and needed to be towed out. In the thread I created about it Bobcat said at Old Dominion its counted as an accident. I worked at Performance Foods (PFG) at the time and my manager told me it was being documented as a recordable incident, basically meaning it was only going in my employee file but didnt make it on my DAC report. I'm not sure how Prime classifies it.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Donna M.'s Comment
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It was a good spot to turn around at. Another semi was sitting on the other side of gravel, I should have just stayed on the gravel. I just assumed it was considered an accident. I filled out a RA form. Gary, my RA guy called me. He said so u stuck? Yea he said got a wrecker will be there in 30 minutes. That’s all I ever need heard from prime. A tale I won’t be forgetting! I even shy away from mud holes now!

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