Got Bucked Off The Bronco (I Flipped), Taking Some Time To Recover, And Getting Back In The Saddle!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Whhhhoooaaa how the heck did i miss this????

im sorry you went theough that really happy to hear the company is taking care of you as expected.

I just sat all day next to the safety director at prime in a meeting. Great guy, and i just told him things he says in meetings resonates with drivers.

get well and shake it off. fear cannot be allowed to distract you. we are all here for you.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How is your recovery going?

G-Town's Comment
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...ditto what Rob asked... How's it going Jay?

Daniel's Comment
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I won't even consider this being due to trucking, but a literal act of God.


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PackRat's Comment
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Lots of inquiring folks are thinking about you, so any update would be great.


Jay G.'s Comment
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Whoops, I didn't mean to keep everyone in edge! Lol.

To follow up, I was just cleared to return to normal duty today. As friendly as everyone is around here, I'm just itching to get back out on the road, lol. However, I have always approached safety in general with respect. Despite reviewing the incident footage and going over the circumstances endless times, I'm positive that there was still some kind of warning sign I might of missed. I look forward to trying to be even more observant of everything around me and to respect the road and mother nature now more than ever.

But in the end, I am not beating myself up over it anymore. I'm not going to lie, I was kind of in a funk over the past few weeks with some survivors guilt as my team driver was more injured than I was. The only thing I can do from here is take this as a learning opportunity that I got extremely lucky (a bit unlucky) and just leave it at that.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Just think of it statistically. What are the chances of getting hit by another tornado?

And for arguments sake, you get hit by lightning within your first year driving.

Statistically, you would be exempt from Mother Nature's harm FOREVER.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Jay, myself am glad too that you've reappeared.

..... I am not beating myself up over it anymore. I'm not going to lie, I was kind of in a funk over the past few weeks with some survivors guilt.....

Not common to escape any effects of trauma and sharing those "normalizes" them, something I've learned. So, too, you kinda strengthen the tribe in plugging in for support and sharing your recovery successes.

Best to you getting back out there.


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Victor C. II's Comment
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Im so glad you two are even still breathing after that, the Lord has many ways of sending messages, not sure what this one was or is. All I know is your family still has a husband and Dad!

Friends; I appear to have danced with death and have come out alive on the other side. We were driving by Philly on the PA turnpike when a freak tornado/wind event blew us over. Not only did we flip, but we were also on top of a tall overpass. I don’t want to think about all the possibilities of being a few inches left or right, but it is still there.

While I was driving, suddenly and without warning, a wall of white appeared in front of me. I’ve driven through heavy rain, snow, and wind, but have never seen or want to see anything like it again. This wall was as loud as a train and the moment itself is one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. After arriving on the scene, paramedics said they had received an emergency alert to seek shelter immediately due to a tornado a few minutes before getting the call about an overturned tractor trailer.

Currently, I am waiting in Springfield waiting until Wednesday. I had originally scheduled time to be home sometime this week, so once I get the accident stuff out of the way I should be able to go home as originally planned.

Because of the freak nature of the event, I am not disqualified from driving for Prime. In other circumstances, knowingly driving through dangerous weather is grounds for termination. I loved what I was doing and saw it as a great opportunity to provide for my family. I am not even sure I should consider this event at all because of how random it was, but now that it has definitely happened it will lead to some soul searching.

I was knocked out for a bit and my back is hurting something fierce when I turn, but Prime has been great about scheduling visits with a physician and I already started a few rounds of physical therapy. My co-driver was not so lucky; he was in the sleeper and fractured his collarbone. He will be out at least a month or more. Myself, my family is worried about my safety. As I mentioned here and to them, this was such an out of the ordinary accident, I won't even consider this being due to trucking, but a literal act of God.



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