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(KATU)   But really, who hasn't slid off an icy road in their car, tumbled 150 feet into a ravine, been ejected on the way down, had the car land on their head, and survived?   (katu.com) divider line 35
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2013-02-05 08:47:45 AM
The aristocrats!
 
2013-02-05 09:58:14 AM
is that a reverse darwin award? because that's some EXTREME survival, right there.
 
2013-02-05 10:05:06 AM
I twisted my ankle real bad one time and just walked away like it was nuthin'!
 
2013-02-05 10:05:55 AM
I've seen this movie. Now Darwin won't give up until they're dead.
 
2013-02-05 10:06:20 AM
"Survive" as a functional human being - or as a litigious hospital bed-warmer?
 
2013-02-05 10:06:46 AM
I hasn't
 
2013-02-05 10:07:35 AM
In your FACE, Cliff Burton!
 
2013-02-05 10:07:40 AM

Warthog: The aristocrats!


Dogdamnit...
 
2013-02-05 10:09:11 AM
I was not ejected and the ravine was only an 80 foot ditch.. but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives  too man.

scared the fark right out of the people who stopped to call it in when I shoved the drivers door open ( vehicle was laying on the passenger side) and crawled out and up the ditch.

they thought for sure I was dead.
 
2013-02-05 10:09:19 AM
But the last one stayed up! And that's what you are going to get, lad: the strongest castle in these lands.
 
2013-02-05 10:10:04 AM
Not sure we can say she "survived" yet. Just because you don't die immediately doesn't mean you're necessarily gonna make it through.

/hope she does though
 
2013-02-05 10:11:46 AM
No explosion? Michael Mann led to me!
 
2013-02-05 10:12:23 AM
Nothing but net!
 
2013-02-05 10:12:24 AM
lied
 
2013-02-05 10:13:46 AM
"And I didn't even spill my beer!"
 
2013-02-05 10:18:31 AM

oldfarthenry: "Survive" as a functional human being - or as a litigious hospital bed-warmer?


Probably that second one. And don't forget "ridiculously entitled, demanding, and difficult."
 
2013-02-05 10:23:39 AM
Better drink my piss.
 
2013-02-05 10:28:21 AM
fubegra.net
 
2013-02-05 10:31:18 AM
Cruise Control on 80 + Sleeping at the wheel = waking up 4' from oncoming traffic down the middle of I-20.  Over-corrected, crossed back onto my side of the road, and kept going into the ditch. Rolled a few times, landed upside down.  Hit so hard it ejected my CD player from the dashboard and it landed on the back windshield.

Got up and walked away with only airbag burns and a headache.

Seatbelts ftw.
 
2013-02-05 10:31:45 AM
150 feet?  No.

Icy?  No.

Farking deer
 
2013-02-05 10:37:46 AM
He threw a car at my head.

/not obscure
 
2013-02-05 10:44:44 AM

Siberwulf: Seatbelts ftw.


kvinesknows: I was not ejected and the ravine was only an 80 foot ditch.. but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.


No kidding.  Any time you read an article about passengers being ejected, they weren't wearing seatbelts.  This article's lucky bastard is the exception to the rule that when a car is spinning or tumbling at high speed you are much safer in it than flying from it.

We had a drunken Hooters waitress cause an accident with a Grand Cherokee on the local interstate, and the GC driver was ejected and killed.  It is the Hooters' girl's fault that he is dead, but he'd be alive if he'd been wearing a seatbelt.  If you drive a truck or an SUV, you are 10X the moron for not wearing your seatbelt... those side windows are plenty big to leave your ass flying.
 
2013-02-05 11:15:09 AM

kvinesknows: but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.


Too true, we've had a rash of accidents in this area, no seat belt, barrel roll the car 1 or 2 times maybe more down a small slope or hillside, unrestrained occupant half in, half out of the vehicle. You can probably figure out the rest.
 
2013-02-05 11:19:55 AM

factoryconnection: Siberwulf: Seatbelts ftw.

kvinesknows: I was not ejected and the ravine was only an 80 foot ditch.. but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.

No kidding.  Any time you read an article about passengers being ejected, they weren't wearing seatbelts.  This article's lucky bastard is the exception to the rule that when a car is spinning or tumbling at high speed you are much safer in it than flying from it.

We had a drunken Hooters waitress cause an accident with a Grand Cherokee on the local interstate, and the GC driver was ejected and killed.  It is the Hooters' girl's fault that he is dead, but he'd be alive if he'd been wearing a seatbelt.  If you drive a truck or an SUV, you are 10X the moron for not wearing your seatbelt... those side windows are plenty big to leave your ass flying.


My dad absolutely refuses to wear a seat belt. He insists that it'll kill him if the car bursts into flames. Sure, in that one specific and relatively unlikely situation, a seatbelt is a hindrance (although he carries a pocket knife). But mathematically, especially given the way he drives and the fact that it's a large pickup truck, he's a lot more likely to be involved in a rollover.

He remains impervious to my logic, though. I just hope I'm not in the car with him if he becomes a projectile someday.
 
2013-02-05 11:22:35 AM

Kurmudgeon: kvinesknows: but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.

Too true, we've had a rash of accidents in this area, no seat belt, barrel roll the car 1 or 2 times maybe more down a small slope or hillside, unrestrained occupant half in, half out of the vehicle. You can probably figure out the rest.


indeed.

I have been in a number of roll overs/near roll overs and I am pretty sure the only reason I am alive today is because I was wearing my seatbelt.  The ones where I was a passenger and it was the passenger side we flipped out were trippy beyond belief seeing the ground that close to my face dragging along the side of the vehicle and DEFINITELY the one where the driver was NOT wear his seatbelt and slammed into me I for sure would have been ejected from the vehicle since my head shattered the passenger window.
 
2013-02-05 11:31:20 AM
Me.
 
2013-02-05 11:33:10 AM

Kurmudgeon: kvinesknows: but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.

Too true, we've had a rash of accidents in this area, no seat belt, barrel roll the car 1 or 2 times maybe more down a small slope or hillside, unrestrained occupant half in, half out of the vehicle. You can probably figure out the rest.


I only ever met about two people who were probably better off having been ejected, because their car was obliterated after they were thrown out. I met a few more who were miraculously nearly-unharmed, considering. The rest of the human cannonball brigade didn't tend to make it out of the ICU, if they even got that far. If a wreck is so bad you die because you were wearing a seat belt, you almost certainly would have died without one.
 
2013-02-05 11:45:07 AM

Chinchillazilla: He remains impervious to my logic, though. I just hope I'm not in the car with him if he becomes a projectile someday.


Yeah, when I was a safety officer I got to see all sorts of instructional/evidence videos of unrestrained passengers flying about the cabin and smashing the restrained folks but good.

I actually had one subject at my command that caused a 120mph, offset frontal collision between a live oak (that's a breed, and a huge one when mature) and a Ram SST.  The truck was obliterated, but struck the tree on the unoccupied passenger side.  Between the airbags and seatbelt he remained in his seat in one piece.

However, his left arm later had to be amputated at the shoulder because the impact crushed his clavicle and the surrounding tissue against the belt.  Imagine the smashy-smashy if he'd been flying instead of relatively stationary!  The tree, basically unscathed, remarked about being a "Ford man himself" or something to that effect.
 
2013-02-05 11:56:35 AM
The two passengers who were thrown from the car probably weren't wearing seatbelts, so they are extra lucky to have survived. Thank you mom for instilling that habit in me from childhood. It's never been a question, even in high school when "cool" kids made fun of me for buckling up, I'd shrug and leave it on.
 
2013-02-05 12:06:52 PM
Seriously? What kind of idiot doesn't wear a seat belt when on icy road that overlooks a 150 ravine?
 
2013-02-05 12:17:44 PM

porcupine tree: Seriously? What kind of idiot doesn't wear a seat belt when on icy road that overlooks a 150 ravine?


Drivers from "the other Oregon".
 
2013-02-05 01:34:10 PM
TaDaaaaaaaaaaa!
 
2013-02-05 02:05:06 PM

Chinchillazilla: factoryconnection: Siberwulf: Seatbelts ftw.

kvinesknows: I was not ejected and the ravine was only an 80 foot ditch.. but yeah.. seatbelts can save lives too man.

No kidding.  Any time you read an article about passengers being ejected, they weren't wearing seatbelts.  This article's lucky bastard is the exception to the rule that when a car is spinning or tumbling at high speed you are much safer in it than flying from it.

We had a drunken Hooters waitress cause an accident with a Grand Cherokee on the local interstate, and the GC driver was ejected and killed.  It is the Hooters' girl's fault that he is dead, but he'd be alive if he'd been wearing a seatbelt.  If you drive a truck or an SUV, you are 10X the moron for not wearing your seatbelt... those side windows are plenty big to leave your ass flying.

My dad absolutely refuses to wear a seat belt. He insists that it'll kill him if the car bursts into flames. Sure, in that one specific and relatively unlikely situation, a seatbelt is a hindrance (although he carries a pocket knife). But mathematically, especially given the way he drives and the fact that it's a large pickup truck, he's a lot more likely to be involved in a rollover.

He remains impervious to my logic, though. I just hope I'm not in the car with him if he becomes a projectile someday.


Just take out some additional life insurance on him with you as the beneficiary.  Read the fine print about seat belts before you sign!
 
2013-02-05 03:48:35 PM
I can't say I walked away from the accident unchanged, I didn't have the urge to get on Fark before the accident.
 
2013-02-06 01:04:04 AM
FTA: Once down the cliff to the scene of the crash, crews managed to get the 2000 Oldsmobile up off the head of 21-year-old Desiree Rutherford...

Didn't you guys see the name? The car landed on her head, there was nothing of value lost there.
 
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