Double Hit And Run Collisions

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Jared McClure's Comment
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Well, I had a pretty interesting.. And rather insane night last night.

I was getting ready to go pick up a load from the Walmart Distribution center in Irwindale, California. Everything was going fine and I was happy I'd finally be getting back to Phoenix (where I live). On the I-210 W I suddenly felt an impact on my truck, obviously someone had hit it. I pulled over to the side of the road, started to get out to check on the other driver (the one that stayed) when I notice that they had hit my right on the fuel tank.

So I had diesel spilling out everywhere and needed to contain the leak immediately, so I pulled the mattress out from inside of the truck and used it to absorb much of the diesel. Fire department showed up fairly quick and started shoveling dirt around the area to contain the spill. They had to call a Haz Mat team to come and clean it all up.

Nobody was hurt and luckily for me and the other driver a witness to what happened stopped and told me that an SUV apparently pushed their sedan right into me. After that, the SUV took off as fast as they could go. The other driver's car was completely totaled but at least he and his wife were able to walk away from it without major injuries.

After about 4 hours they finally got everything cleaned up and a tow truck showed up to haul me back to the yard since I couldn't safely drive anymore with a ruptured fuel tank.

About 2 miles from the yard, as the tow truck driver is about to get on the off ramp for his exit... wham!

Another vehicle hits the truck again. In the same exact spot. The truck, which had minimal damage from the first impact, was much more damaged by this second collision. Diesel spilled out onto the highway, again, but there wasn't much left in the tank and they didn't even need to call a haz mat team again.

That other vehicle was again completely totaled and must have hit us going about 90 mph. And here is the real doozy: They were drunk drivers and the second they could, they got out of the vehicle and ran off on foot. Don't think the police ever even found them. Another witness stopped and gave a report to the police though, luckily for me.

I have to wonder what the odds are of being involved in two hit and run incidents within hours of each other. The tow truck was able to finish towing me to the yard and now I'm sitting in a motel writing this after getting some sleep.

At least nobody was hurt in either of the wrecks, although that second drunk driver was very lucky not to have been killed in the incident, their car was so smashed up.

I did not get a citation for either incident, luckily, though two not at fault accidents on my record in a single night... wtf-2.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow! That really is insane. The odds are astronomically low of having two wrecks in a row like that. Certainly glad you're ok.

Wow!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Umm, you might want to stay indoors during thunderstorms for a while... That's just crazy!

Old School's Comment
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Jared, that is nuts! Man, I don't even know what to think about that, but I like Bud's advice. I'd keep a low profile for a few days.

Max E.'s Comment
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I like to take the opposite point of view.. you have had all this bad luck its bound to turn around soon. Go buy yourself a lottery ticket!

Love the profile pic.. ASU!!!!!

Michael J.'s Comment
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I like to take the opposite point of view.. you have had all this bad luck its bound to turn around soon. Go buy yourself a lottery ticket!

Love the profile pic.. ASU!!!!!

thats not luck thats the father above wacthing out .

Pat M.'s Comment
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That is crazy. I would suggest getting up on the other side of the bed tomorrowsmile.gif

The Dude's Comment
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Do you have an odd number trailer? I find its nothing but trouble when I'm pulling an odd number trailer.

Skydrick (Brian L.) 's Comment
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That is crazy. I would suggest getting up on the other side of the bed tomorrowsmile.gif

In a sleeper does that mean flip your sheets around and sleep with your head on the passenger side or sleep on the top bunk? rofl-3.gif

Jared McClure's Comment
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I like to take the opposite point of view.. you have had all this bad luck its bound to turn around soon. Go buy yourself a lottery ticket!

Love the profile pic.. ASU!!!!!

Unfortunately, the lottery ticket idea didn't work out... I had actually bought a ticket at the Petro truck stop in Ontario earlier that same day.

Now I'm just stuck in a motel waiting around for the Swift head honchos to get back from the weekend (driver manager can't seem to get a hold of anyone) to decide what to do next with the situation. Truck is just sitting in a drop yard at the moment, a small yard that doesn't even have a proper shop much less a body repair shop.

GO DEVILS!

Driver Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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