I Need A New Pair Underwear (near Miss)

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Just across the border from Davenport I was putting along 280 at 50 mph due to extreme cold and light snow making everything a little slick. Tanker beside me moves over to pass and has another truck behind them also wanting to pass me too. No big deal I back off the throttle a bit like I usually do. I hate having another truck on the side of me. Tanker had just turned their turn signal on to move back over, and the other truck was on the side of me still when it happened. A pickup travelling the opposite direction lost control and went in the median and proceeded to barrel roll multiple times, before clipping the back of the tanker causing the pickup to come to a rest in the hammer lane. Truck next to me proceeded to take the ditch rather than tboning them, I was able to safely slow down and moved towards the shoulder. Id gotten on the interstate about 4 miles prior and just turned the music up. Thats how quick things can change out here. 1 of the drivers was yelling profanity into the radio and that he was calling it in. I continued on ATTEMPTING to reach other drivers headed that way to no success. Over 10 miles and absolutely no response back. If you have a radio turn it on, if you don't then you need to get one.

I'd like to think if i was in the other truck I'd be able to stay calm enough to take the ditch as well but you'll never know until you're faced with it. I hope to never find out how I'd react.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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OMG!

Turtle's Comment
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Yikes, good times!

So um, about the underwear. Go commando, it helps you clench the seat easier in those instances.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Irs good to get the ol heart rate up once and awhile, just hopefully you didnt leave a mess for the next guy!

I've always wondered what I'd do in that situation, luckily when a car lost it and come at me the fence in the median stopped him. I guess you will never know until it happens and you react.

Old School's Comment
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Another good reason to avoid a slip seating job! smile.gif

Hey Rob, you made all the right moves and something still went wrong. That just goes to show us we have got to be prepared and ready for anything. Sometimes trouble comes at the most unlikely of times and from the most unexpected places.

Jammer a's Comment
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Man !!! I agree

Just across the border from Davenport I was putting along 280 at 50 mph due to extreme cold and light snow making everything a little slick. Tanker beside me moves over to pass and has another truck behind them also wanting to pass me too. No big deal I back off the throttle a bit like I usually do. I hate having another truck on the side of me. Tanker had just turned their turn signal on to move back over, and the other truck was on the side of me still when it happened. A pickup travelling the opposite direction lost control and went in the median and proceeded to barrel roll multiple times, before clipping the back of the tanker causing the pickup to come to a rest in the hammer lane. Truck next to me proceeded to take the ditch rather than tboning them, I was able to safely slow down and moved towards the shoulder. Id gotten on the interstate about 4 miles prior and just turned the music up. Thats how quick things can change out here. 1 of the drivers was yelling profanity into the radio and that he was calling it in. I continued on ATTEMPTING to reach other drivers headed that way to no success. Over 10 miles and absolutely no response back. If you have a radio turn it on, if you don't then you need to get one.

I'd like to think if i was in the other truck I'd be able to stay calm enough to take the ditch as well but you'll never know until you're faced with it. I hope to never find out how I'd react.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rob T.'s Comment
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You guys crack me uprofl-1.gif I was so shaken up i had pulled off at Walcott to take my 30. I'm not finding anything about it online so hopefully they're gonna be ok. I've been putting off on the dashcam but this is the final straw.

I hope that the American Service Line truck that took the ditch gently rather than plowing into the pickup doesn't get hassled too much. It makes me wonder in a situation like that where we can all agree they did the right thing if it counts as a DOT reportable and preventable.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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You guys crack me uprofl-1.gif I was so shaken up i had pulled off at Walcott to take my 30. I'm not finding anything about it online so hopefully they're gonna be ok. I've been putting off on the dashcam but this is the final straw.

I hope that the American Service Line truck that took the ditch gently rather than plowing into the pickup doesn't get hassled too much. It makes me wonder in a situation like that where we can all agree they did the right thing if it counts as a DOT reportable and preventable.

Being that he’ll have to be towed out, it’ll initially be reported and possibly listed as a preventable. His company will have to fight it to have it removed.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

RealDiehl's Comment
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Scary situation, Rob. Im glad you're okay. Do you think that driver who went into the ditch could be held accountable by their company if there is no camera footage showing that the situation was unavoidable? What's your take on it? Did the driver have enough following distance between him and the tanker who had just passed you?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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Scary situation, Rob. Im glad you're okay. Do you think that driver who went into the ditch could be held accountable by their company if there is no camera footage showing that the situation was unavoidable? What's your take on it? Did the driver have enough following distance between him and the tanker who had just passed you?

I think they'll be alright getting their name cleared for being at fault for the accident, but not going off road.. They were resting in the median pretty close to where the pickup was (sideways in hammer lane) and where the pickup had gone in it'd quite visible given how deep the snow is/was. The tanker got stopped a little ways up the road next to an on ramp. He wasn't tailgating right on the guys tail but he wasn't maintaining the proper following distance. I'd estimate they were doing 60 to 65 so he'd need 6 seconds, plus 1 second for safety, then double it due to inclement weather. Granted, most drivers don't abide by that. They had probably close to 5 seconds between them.. I believe if the roads had been dry he wouldn't have needed to go off roading so yes he was following too close given the conditions.

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Operating While Intoxicated

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