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Posted: 09/27/20 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Arkansas on I40: Overtaking a semi, we hear a screaming 6cylindeengien with loud exhaust. Didn't see anything but instinctively lifted foot off the throttle and engine break kicks in hard and on the brake.
About that time to our right a black Chrysler 300,I think with paper drive out tag comes barreling between us and the semi. We missed hitting him right at or behind the driver's door by a foot maybe an he misses the rear corner, the big bar setup on its rear by maybe foot.
If hadn't lifted off the throttle and hit the brake, we would have hit him and pushed him under the rear of the semi killing him most likely, and destroying the car and our right front lower cap and frame and generator and so forth. We would have had ne big pileup. I don't recall if other vehicles behind the semi at a distance. There were none behind us. We would have been killed too. The semi would probably have left the road and jackknifed or rolled, I don't know exactly and anyone within a good distance behind the semi and us would have piled into the mess. My heart was in my throat for a long time beating wildly.
We almost met our Maker today.
He wove in and out around three more semis and existed on exit 173.
Tried to call 911 but all it did was ring. That Fellow almost killed a bunch of people today including himself.

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Posted: 09/27/20 08:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He was in a hurry! Probably drunk or high. Glad you are ok.


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Posted: 09/27/20 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very glad to hear everything turned out ok for you and the driver of the semi. I've had close calls like that a couple of times in my life and it takes a good long while to feel right again.


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Glad you are alright. Perople are crazy. That is a memory that will stay with you for a time.


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Wow! Glad you managed to avoid a mess!

I really have to wonder about these boneheads that pull stupid stunts like that....


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Posted: 09/27/20 09:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Glad you avoided an accident
Defensive driving is a MUST

What IFs are just that....and dwelling on them does not help ones psyche
What IFs didn't happen that's what makes them What Ifs


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Sad part is those people never get caught but an old lady on a deserted 4 lane will get a ticket for exceeding the limit by 5mph. Glad you are ok.

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Thank God you are all ok. It's called Defensive Driving for a reason - keeping your eye out on the other guy! You saved a lot of lives by being alert.


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One evening near Chicago, a small pickup towing a trailer pulled in front of so close that he hooked up our bumper and we pushed the trailer sideways about a hundred yards with the coach brakes on before he powered up, broke the hook up and sashayed on down the road a ways. This was all in the left lane so our options were limited.
We have carried a dashcam ever since.

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down home wrote:


Tried to call 911 but all it did was ring. That Fellow almost killed a bunch of people today including himself.


Likely you were not the only one calling 9-1-1 on Mr 10 T (that's 1 D 10 T or 1D10T if you like)

And also one of the reasons I took early retirement from answering 9-1-1.

I'd like to say there are no drivers that stupid but guess what.. I've seen 'em more than once. How everybody got out alive I still do not know because
1: he should have rolled it
2: he should have rear ended that truck load of Steel
(That last applies to the last time I saw it).

Some of those car drivers.. You got to wonder what they smoking.


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