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2005-04-29 04:01:53 PM  
DC Metro area, can't forget the dumptruck full of TAR that overturned a the Wilson Bridge a few years back.
2005-04-29 04:02:54 PM  
There is a sci-fi aspect to this story, too ...

Even though drywall screws have been around forever, when was the last time you actually saw a production house actually drywalled using screws instead of nails?

You know ... the cheap nails that rust after the drywall mud is applied to them ... the ones that eventually back out and poke through the cracked drywall mud about six months after the house is completed ...
2005-04-29 04:04:55 PM  
Ted Turner once tried to start a show called, "Good News."

It failed, probably because of the attitudes like people on FARK. People just don't like to read about good news.
2005-04-29 04:06:41 PM  

Well, typically.
2005-04-29 04:07:37 PM  
headline does suck, but alot have as of late. I agree with the HERO tag displayed wrong also, as everyone else has pointed out, he did what he was supposed to do.

I had a truck infront of me last year, some big bolt bounced out and I could not move fast enough, got a BLOW OUT.

Damn truck pulled over, turned around in the medium, picked up the bolt and got off at the exit before me (pulled over now, but already past where they were when they turned around) just so I could not see the name on the truck.

2005-04-29 04:10:01 PM  
Of course! Good news is boring! It doesn' t fill us with righteous indignation. It doesn't give us a wonderful feeling of schaudenfreud!

(It's sad, isn't it? =/..)
2005-04-29 04:10:25 PM  
I take care of my kids!
I ain't never been to jail!
you get the point.

The hero should be a traffic officer slapping this dude with a fine, arrest, and loss of license for improperly opperating a commericial vehicle with a commercial drivers license and not ensuring that his cargo was secured.
*but the strap broke* TS should have used 2 and checked the condition of them before endangering lives.

Motorcyclists could have easily been killed.
Auto drivers as well.

I see this shiat everyday in NJ on good ole route 22.

Ever get a flat front tire while doing 65 MPH?
2005-04-29 04:10:31 PM  

Umm, NEWS FLASH, Discount tire fixes flats for FREE unless the side wall is damaged. Sounds like the guy was caught accidentally losing his screws and was scared of getting sued. Can I get a CYA tag instead of HERO?

God I love cynicism. So what do you propose the driver should have done? Said "Fuk it, Discount Tire will fix it for free!". Please, continue to talk shiat about a guy who went out of his way to make sure that his farkup didn't cause any more damage than necessary.
2005-04-29 04:12:48 PM  
The last good piece of debris I came across was a 10 foot treated 4x4 post laying in the road. Nobody was around so I "cleaned it up". It now occupies space as part of the railing on my backyard gazebo. Luckily I was driving the SUV that day, but I probably still would have taken it home if I was driving my BMW or motorcycle.
2005-04-29 04:16:13 PM  
2005-04-29 03:33:21 PM LincolnLogolas
Best I saw was a ladder. A farking LADDER. Laying across the carpool lane on the I5 north of Los Angeles, at about 3am.

One of my local radio stations keeps a running tally of ladders vs. mattresses on the highway. People call in to update him all the time.
2005-04-29 04:16:53 PM  

Doing the right thing does not make someone a hero. I could have drugged the girl at my apartment last night so she would sleep with me, but I did the right thing and got her drunk instead. Am I deserving of HERO status?

2005-04-29 04:18:22 PM  
When I lived in Toronto, I'd be listening to the traffic reports and hear warnings about ladders on the 401 every two or three weeks. Apparently it's very common.

The best I ever heard: A Friday evening. 400 northbound to cottage-country. Some idiot lost a turtle-pool into the middle of the highway.

The best I ever saw: Dodge Durango in the fast lane of the 401 express. We were in the middle lane of the express, about 20 ft behind the Durango. Traffic is moderate - we're doing around 100km/h. A friend was driving our workvan and I was in the passenger seat. I was talking to my friend and saw something out of the corner of my eye. I looked right at it and there was a huge truck tire in the Durango's lane. (Not just the tire either, it was still mounted on the hub and looked intact - probably a spare.) The Durango driver saw it at the last second. (I think the driver in front of him swerved at the last second, thus limiting his vision.) His front right corner hit the tire and it was a hard hit. I'll be damned it the whole farking Durango didn't launch about 3 or 4 feet into the air. (Not farking kidding - going about 100km/h too.) I thought for sure the guy was going to lose it, roll, flames, etc. He landed engine first, bounced and he musta been a helluva driver, (or lucky), because he managed to get it over to the left shoulder and against the concrete divider. The whole front end was up in the engine compartment and I imagine it was a write-off. It looked like a plane that landed without its nose gear. I'm still impressed he controlled it upon landing.

/anyone know the rules for paragraphing?
2005-04-29 04:20:17 PM  
It's not "Oh, I didn't do something bad".
It's "Crap, something bad happened, I better help to make things better".

Like, if, say, you took a drunk girl to a room or a hotel room and paid for her night's sleep, so she wouldn't get taken advantadge of. Not just "I didn't drug her".

Would you guys have been happier if he'd just sped off? It may not be deserving of the 'Hero' tag, but it was the right thing to do.
2005-04-29 04:23:25 PM  
ImaJerk Yes.. Yes you are.

people COULD have been killed.. no one was. And yes I have had a blowout in a front tire going 65.. and it was on gravel in a old 1977 ford truck. I still did not die and if I would have it would have been my fault because I would have been a crappy driver..
2005-04-29 04:24:43 PM  
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2005-04-29 04:26:26 PM  

plugs only work on the tread, if any of them happened to hit the sidewall you have to replace the whole tire
2005-04-29 04:26:29 PM  

Best I saw was a ladder. A farking LADDER. Laying across the carpool lane on the I5 north of Los Angeles, at about 3am.

I drove past a full size matress lying across two lanes at the 90/94 split at about 2pm.
2005-04-29 04:27:20 PM  
meg12279 - I was in a wreck recently (my fault)

Imagine that... a female that caused an accident. Was it the lipstick at rush hour or the cell phone.

[* going to run and hide *]
2005-04-29 04:29:00 PM  
Good for that man, I'm surprised he had enough business cards to hand out - possible that he was either the owner of, or near top member of his company.

We lost a king size matress on the highway when we moved about 15 years ago, boy that'll put a smirk on your face... WHOOSH! Oh, wow, there goes 1,500 bucks worth of bedding.
2005-04-29 04:39:41 PM  
When Goofus' drywall truck loses thousands of screws on highway. Goofus pulls over and makes sure that everyone doesn't get screwed.

When Gallant's drywall truck loses thousands of screws on the highway. Gallant pulls over and make sure that everyone doesn't get dry. And yes ladies, Gallant can breathe through his ears.
2005-04-29 04:39:58 PM  
I was almost hit by a La-z-boy. Seriously. I was traveling through Oklahoma City in this crappy moving truck which was also towing a car. So, I was not exactly very manuverable. So, this pickup is in front of me with a La-z-boy in the pickup bed. So, the wind currents must have gotten under the chair. It just lifts up, and starts flying at me. I'm still impressed that I managed to avoid it.

Sorry about that.

Moving w/my stepbrother (in OKC) we had a big fight about tying things down. He won, we didn't tie anything down. We had alot less to unpack when we got there.

I saw a car lose a hubcap at 70 mph, it flew up like a frisbee and nearly decapitated the guy on a motorcycle on front of me. I'm sure he had to go change his underwear.
2005-04-29 04:53:44 PM  
Worst I saw was an a/c unit on 35E,but it was spottable far enough to dodge it.

I once hit and pushed a plastic cooler for a mile on 94 near Snelling. Probably blew out of some FISHTABs boat. Luckily it wasn't full of fish - that would have been messy.

Couch and loveseat in the middle of the damn road in Rosemount...I just saw 'em last weekend...probably still there...
2005-04-29 04:54:42 PM  
OMG, personal responsiblity exists in America?

Even if it WAS to avoid a lawsuit, I applaud this drivers humanity.
2005-04-29 04:58:33 PM  

but I did the right thing and got her drunk instead. Am I deserving of HERO status?

You took the time to do it right, without copping out to easy shortcuts. You are so much a
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2005-04-29 05:05:05 PM  
when i worked for AAA, I dopped a car I was towing. The chains ripped right through the tow hitchs that were rusted out. I luckily was alone on the road and got it hooked back up (with axle hooks) and got out of there.

one of the funiest things I have ever seen looking in my rearview mirror and seeing the car I was towing get farther and farther away.
2005-04-29 05:08:31 PM  

Worst I saw was some bluish powder fly off like mad. Felt sorry for anyone driving a convertible behind him/her.

The worst is when you can't change lanes, and a construction truck has little stones coming out, guaranteeing a broken windshield.

Worst I saw was an a/c unit on 35E,but it was spottable far enough to dodge it.

So which is the worst now??

Seriously, a guy got killed here in Atlanta trying to dodge a washing machine that fell off the back of a pick-up. And I understand there's been a few instances people getting impaled by shiat kicked up off the highway.
2005-04-29 05:19:30 PM  
Discount Tire fixes flats for free ONLY if you bought the tire from them in the first place.
2005-04-29 05:37:34 PM  
I hope for this guy's sake he's the owner, otherwise I'd guess he's about to get fired for taking responsibility for his company's mess. Or else I hope the owner has an equal amount of conscience to want to help the people whose cars were damaged.
2005-04-29 05:41:25 PM  
speaking of junk on the road, I was a passenger in a car once that ran over a mattress on a freeway in So. Cal. we went right over it -- whump! whump! -- and hardly even slowed down, except to say, "Thank God that wasn't a box spring!"
2005-04-29 05:49:57 PM  
I truly believe in positive Karma. (No, this isn't Slashdot...) He did things right, and he will be rewarded in the future for his positive acts.

He got is business card out to lots of people. My guess is that a good percentage of them will call the next time they need some sheetrock work done. The Discount Tire people will probably thank him for sending all the business their way as well.

See? Is it really that hard people? Pay things forward and good will come.

/not going to comment about the goddamn ending of that goddamn movie - bastard commie director got it all wrong.
2005-04-29 05:57:54 PM  
The worst I've ever had with a falling load was a hay truck with an improperly strapped down load in front of me on a two lane bridge. I out raced the sucker, and then watched him lose the entire load on the bridge.

Thank gods no one else was behind me, or they would have been killed when the load fell.
2005-04-29 05:58:42 PM  
Driving out and about near Christmas I saw something up ahead on the road but due to oncoming cars I couldn't swerve over enough and I just clipped the top of a friggin Christmas tree all tied up. As I clipped it the twine holding it all together broke loose. The guy behind me probably crapped his pants as an exploding 7 foot tree suddenly appears behind my car.

On Interstate 80 I got behind a guy with an upright freezer just sitting in the bed of his pick-up. No tie downs and it was rocking like mad as he merged onto the road. I gave him plenty of room and sure enough a quarter mile further and that puppy went airborne. Exploding freezers look kinda cool at 75 mph.
2005-04-29 06:19:49 PM  
About 2 years ago going over the SF Bay Bridge toward Oakland at about midnight-the left 2 lanes were coned off by Caltrans. With a car to my left and cones to the right, a giant truck tire (rim and all) comes a-bounce-bounce-bouncing from the right and I have to bite the old bullet and run over it. Gave me a blowout, knocked my licence plate off, dented my front end but good. Breaking down on the bridge ain't a lot of fun in any circumstance, but this was particularly bad. It could have been worse, though-that tire was bouncing REALLY high-it was almost hitting the roof of the bridge's lower level-I'm lucky I nailed it at the low end of its trajectory.

/eff Caltrans, says I
2005-04-29 06:35:44 PM  
Better than the SUV driver who rear ended my car last weekend while messing around with a cell phone (I was stopped for a red light). The driver then tried to claim that the damage to my car was pre-existing. There's an impression of her front bumper on my rear bumper. I think the cop got a kick out of that.
2005-04-29 06:47:07 PM  
Bah, you Negative Nancy's.
The guy stopped, got out, talked to every driver affected to make sure they were ok, gave them all business cards, called multiple tow trucks, paid for those, and paid for any damages to the vehicles.
90% of people in a situation like his probably wouldn't even stop.
I like hearing about shiat like this, because it doesn't happen often enough.
2005-04-29 06:48:22 PM  
2005-04-29 04:00:33 PM owigotprcd

Umm, NEWS FLASH, Discount tire fixes flats for FREE unless the side wall is damaged. Sounds like the guy was caught accidentally losing his screws and was scared of getting sued. Can I get a CYA tag instead of HERO?


Tow trucks are free too!
2005-04-29 06:55:42 PM  
Hmmm...there could be a marketing concept here. Spill a bunch of crap on the road, pay for everyone's tires, and get the equivalent of a few hundred thousand worth of advertising on the local news.
2005-04-29 07:36:08 PM  
Worst I ever saw on the highway:
A flaming car on the side of the road.
Naturally all the idiots in front were rubbernecking without realizing the thing could explode, but...

Dumbass award goes to:
We were driving down a long stretch of unlit highway in the wilderness very late at night when out of the darkness some asshat driving a lawn service truck (probably mexicans/illegals, you know these converted pickup trucks with the red trailers.) with absolutely no lights just swerves across the highway, from median to the shoulder. We were the only car on the farkin road and they probably needed lights to get off the median and cross the road, but it's inexcusable to not have lights of your own.
2005-04-29 07:41:42 PM  
"Screws fall out all the time sir, the world's an imperfect place"

/not obscure
2005-04-29 07:52:36 PM  
Wow, what a bunch of cynical farks you all are. Most dicks these days would have taken a 'Not my problem.' attitude towards what happened and just let these people deal with the damage on thier own.
2005-04-29 08:31:35 PM  
I might be wrong, but I have a sneaky feeling a good many of the people who are bashing the use of the HERO tag would have never stopped and took responsibility like that guy did. In fact, they would have run like hell.

With so few people doing the right thing in life, someone actually taking responsibility like this deserves the HERO tag.
2005-04-29 08:38:53 PM  
I think that is was impressive that the driver stopped and paid for damages caused by his oversight/ malfunctioning equipment.
Someone wrote that is what insurance is for- umm who in the world would file an insurance claim for a flat tire?

I used to drive an 85 S-10 Blazer, and the weirdest thing I had hit my car was a Dodge Charger hood. It flew off the car while it was about 200 ft in front of mine, flipped a few times, and hit part of my grill. No damage to my car, but did cause a little panic.

Last year just missed a 3 car accident caused by 5x8 sheets of styrofoam flying off a truck. After driving 15 miles found that I had large pieces of it stuck in my roofrack.
2005-04-29 10:30:09 PM  
I hit a racoon at 75 in my brand-new car (with not much ground clearance). The coon was transformed into red mist.

I saw once, on Rte 128 in Woburn, with 3 or 4 cars across, bumper to bumper, going from 65 - 85 mph, a tire with rim and attached axle section bouncing along with the traffic. It would roll (at 70+ mph) then get eccentric b/c of the axle and do a flip about 10' in the air and come down a lane over, etc. It did this about 4 times and everyone just sloooowed down gently together. It didn't hit anyone and no one panicked, etc. Then, 1/4 mile down the road was a jeep cj gingerly slowing in breakdown lane, with 4 or more people in it, that happened to be missing the left-rear tire, wheel and axle. just gently rolling along slowing down, just fine. freeky.

Oh, and once I dumped 1/2 of a 50 lb box of 1.25" sheetrock screws on a road in Newton and said shiat and just kept driving. I guess I'm not a hero.
2005-04-29 11:02:54 PM  
MisterClaw: ...Luckily it wasn't full of fish - that would have been messy.

I've got this Miata with a catalytic converter hanging maybe five inches above the asphalt. One night I was cruising along on US 41 all alone in the dark when this heartbroken, despondent, suicidal armadillo dashed out of the median, kbam! So sad, armadillo bro. Well I kept rolling, only slightly unnerved...

About five miles down the road I came up to a red light and waited. There was nothing nearby that stoplight - no businesses or houses or anything - hmm, odd then, whazzat I smell out here inna middle of nowhere, barbecue?
2005-04-29 11:40:59 PM  
Hmmm...there could be a marketing concept here. Spill a bunch of crap on the road, pay for everyone's tires, and get the equivalent of a few hundred thousand worth of advertising on the local news.

Good point and I saw it happen before.

I worked in a high end restaurant with a top 100 wine list. Some rich asshat ordered a $500 bottle of wine (this was 15 years ago) then rejects it when he takes the first sample taste. He agreed it was not bad, it just was not what he wanted. after extensive discussions, the manager finaly took it back. The next day it was being sold by the ounce, and every local food critic was gushing about how great he was to open up a bottle like that so the common wine lover could afford to taste it.

lemmons into lemonade
2005-04-30 12:17:04 AM  
I once hit a big dog, Lab, I think that jumped out the back of a 1/2 ton I was passing, I was doing 130 km in my Toyota 4wd. Bent the fairing on the front of my truck, but was like a speed bump, thadump...thadump. Not much of rover left.

Also was driving along a major highway near Edmonton and had a metal storm door come sliding down the highway towards me. Sparks and glass everywhere. Had to think quick to dodge that one.
2005-04-30 12:42:46 AM  
Yay for this guy!
2005-04-30 03:07:05 AM  
Tow truck drivers don't even sweep up accident glass anymore, it just sits there in the road until nature and passing cars pick it up and blow it out of the road piece by piece.

I think the only thing I've ever had to dodge on the freeway was a chunk of tire from a semi and a carpet.
2005-04-30 03:07:24 AM  

The hero should be a traffic officer slapping this dude with a fine, arrest, and loss of license for improperly opperating a commericial vehicle with a commercial drivers license and not ensuring that his cargo was secured.
*but the strap broke* TS should have used 2 and checked the condition of them before endangering lives.

1. Where did you see that he was operating without a correct license?
2. I know from experience that no matter what you do to secure a load on a truck bed, it doesn't change the fact that stuff happens once in a while. I've seen flatbed driver use two straps (which were in excellent condition) on a pallet, secure them properly, and find that the straps are gone when they make a stop. Tie downs can get loose or broken no matter what you do.


I used to drive for a living, and wind does weird things to stuff tied down on a flatbed truck. Boxes strapped down in the middle of the load can wiggle free while a loose piece of paper can sit in the same spot for 400 miles.

Exactly. Been there, done that. And it doesn't matter how heavy or light something is - the friggin' stuff comes loose once in a while no matter what you did to secure it.
2005-04-30 04:50:28 PM  
I had a close encounter with a Lazyboy just like KevinOfOz, but in Little Rock, AR. It was night, and the car I was in didn't have great headlights. All of a sudden a recliner appeared in the lane in front of me. Not only had the thing blocked my lane, but it had reclined so that its footrest blocked the other lane as well. We swerved to miss it, cutting off another car, who gave us the finger until he saw why we swerved over. Anyways, about a mile ahead there was a pickup with probably 12 feet of crap piled in the back of it with a couple of people standing around it scratching their heads. The only thing I could figure is that the damn recliner was strapped to the top of the cab of the truck.

Speaking of getting hit with stuff, Arkansas recently repaved about 90% of I-40, and as a result for a couple years there were a lot of lane closures, with one lane of interstate being shunted over to the other side (the two lanes separated with concrete barriers, of course.) Anyways, within the last few years at least two people were decapitated on I-40 due to debris. On one, a board came loose from a truck and went through a lady's windshield, instantly killing her. On another, a mom and her 14-year-old-son were driving along, talking, when part of a truck's load came off and took off the kid's head instantly. It was a really sad case, but they were able to track down the truck due to a serial number on the part.
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