What Would You Do?

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Here's a scenario for you. You're driving along at night not a care in the world. You come up on somebody or something blocking the roadway. How do you react?

Does it change based on what is blocking the road? Person, object, a car?

Does the area you're in cause you to handle in differently?

Reason I ask is about an hour Northwest of where I live there have been 3 people go missing in the last month or so. This area is small town America, 2 lane roads with farm land everywhere. Somewhere you'd feel pretty safe. 1 of these people that went missing was hauling a load of hogs. A day after he picked up his load his rig was found parked on a 2 lane road IN the road. All of his belongings including his wallet and phone were still in the cab. Speculation is that atleast with the truck driver somebody had blocked the road or appeared to be broken down in need of help. They're also guessing that it wasn't him who parked the rig in the road and that whoever is responsible wanted the truck/hogs to be found. Hopefully everybody that's been reported missing is found safe.

BK's Comment
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Sounds like something weird is going on in your area. If i was aware of those incidents, I’d be very hesitant to stop. Probably be on 911 and/or the CB right away.

Could of weeks ago I was caught in a big traffic stoppage due to an accident up ahead. This was at night and I was at a complete stop with my brakes set, waiting for traffic to move again. All of a sudden there is a bang on my door. I opened the window to see a driver of foreign origin standing there. He said “you hit my truck”, I said I didn’t hit anything. He said I rolled backwards into him. That’s about all I could understand because of his heavy accent and the road noise from the other direction. I think he wanted me to get put of the truck, but I wasn’t about to get out of the safety of my truck. Finally he just took a photo of my truck and wanted to know my name. I told him my name was none of his business. Thankfully, traffic started to move again and I got away from whoever it was. My thought was if he had a valid complaint, he could call it in to the company and I would deal with it then. I never heard anything further about it.

But to Rob T’s point, who knows what plot somebody has cooked up? I know my instinct is to stop and see what I could do to help, but because of the increase in crime and violence in out society, drivers need to be very cautious.

I hope more details emerge about the incidents Rob is posting about. It would be interesting to know exactly what happened.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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But to Rob T’s point, who knows what plot somebody has cooked up? I know my instinct is to stop and see what I could do to help, but because of the increase in crime and violence in out society, drivers need to be very cautious.

I hope more details emerge about the incidents Rob is posting about. It would be interesting to know exactly what happened.

The sheriffs office in that area is asking landowners to look around there property and buildings for anything that looks off. It'll be interesting to hear the outcome. One of the missing was an older gentleman but he's been located but I haven't heard any details about it.

We often times hear complaints of how people or truckers don't help each other when they're pulled off broken down. When we hear so many stories in the news of it being a setup it's easy to see why. I'm not one to get scared easily but I'm also not going to put myself in a sketchy position.

Unfortunately, the thought crosses my mind wondering if they intentionally wanted to go missing for attention or other reasons. The story of the woman in Atlanta last year comes to mind, as well as a college student from Madison over a decade ago.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I dont stop. I call 911 for people in need or suspicious goings on. When i explain i didnt feel safe to stop, no ome questions it. They have my info and can find me if need be.

I did get blocked by a buffalo once.

BK's Comment
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I dont stop. I call 911 for people in need or suspicious goings on. When i explain i didnt feel safe to stop, no ome questions it. They have my info and can find me if need be.

I did get blocked by a buffalo once.

I got blocked by a Bison once. Lol

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Rob's question reminded me of a question I read recently on a FB group page. I only mention it bc of the "what would you do" nature of the question.

Someone asked if any drivers had a plan on how to survive your truck going over the side of a bridge and sinking in water. I'd never even thought about it. Therefore I was surprised to see that many people who responded said they have window breakers and seat belt cutters for this kind of situation.

Like I said, I've never even thought about it. Have any of you actually planned for something like this?

Sorry for piggy-backing on your thread, Rob. It just seemed like a good thread to add this type question to.

Rob T.'s Comment
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RD no reason to be sorry, situations like those mentioned in this post are things we likely don't think about. If I went off a bridge I'd hope I was wearing my brown pants 😀. Honestly I haven't really thought about that but imagine you wouldn't have much time to react.

The activities along US 20 just gets weirder. 1 of those missing had got a new phone and friends became worried after not hearing from him but he's safe. The older gentleman I mentioned left his bed a mess and appeared to leave in the middle of the night. His vehicle was found abandoned on a gravel road with wallet and keys in the vehicle. The hog hauler also had keys and wallet in the truck with his jacket in the ditch. I've seen it mentioned that his coveralls were no where to be found leading to some to think something happened at the pick up or drop location. Being Ag exempt they didn't run logs so it's harder to track. I Came across this post (edited due to language)

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Also, about an hour south of the area a week prior there were 2 men and a pregnant woman running around in road trying to get people to stop and aggressively asking for money and trying to sell fake jewelry.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sandman J's Comment
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people who responded said they have window breakers and seat belt cutters for this kind of situation.

Like I said, I've never even thought about it. Have any of you actually planned for something like this?

My knife made by Statgear has a normal blade, a seatbelt cutter, a window punch and a flashlight. The seatbelt cutter doubles for breaking metal seals.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Sandman J's Comment
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Here's a picture of it.

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