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(Manchester Evening News)   "I thought I was dead. I had two seconds to make a decision and luckily it was the right one. I managed to put my foot on the brake, the clutch, keep my hand on the steering wheel and duck down. I don't know how I did it"   (manchestereveningnews.co.uk) divider line
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2015-11-14 9:12:35 PM  
Video won't load for me :(
 
2015-11-14 9:21:22 PM  
Reminds me of this.

A new driver, who had passed her test only two weeks earlier, tried to go south on a northbound road.

She tipped a truck over.

/Purely coincidentally, I'd chosen to head into town on the back roads that day.
 
2015-11-14 9:25:51 PM  

fusillade762: Video won't load for me :(


Me either.
Got it to load from here, though
http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/how-survive-dashcam-footag​e​-shows-6831538
 
2015-11-14 9:42:22 PM  
Yeah they ought to add a "Don't try this at home" statement. Almost looks like a professional stunt too.
 
2015-11-14 11:39:23 PM  
I think I see the problem - everybody's driving on the wrong side of the road.
 
2015-11-14 11:48:48 PM  
So the police are going to launch an investigation into how the load was secured.

I think I may have a clue.
 
2015-11-14 11:56:18 PM  

MFAWG: So the police are going to launch an investigation into how the load was secured.

I think I may have a clue.


Poorly.
 
2015-11-14 11:57:29 PM  

Sim Tree: MFAWG: So the police are going to launch an investigation into how the load was secured.

I think I may have a clue.

Poorly.


I'm going with "not."
 
2015-11-15 12:05:49 AM  
1) the loose piece was NOT a piece of sheet metal.
2) given the driver was on the right, where the "sheet metal" went, he was damned lucky.
 
2015-11-15 12:06:07 AM  
"I thought I was dead. I had two seconds to make a decision and luckily it was the right one. I managed to put my foot on the brake, the clutch, keep my hand on the steering wheel"


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"A 1/4 mile at a time"

 
2015-11-15 12:25:39 AM  
Lorry?? HGV?? Why don' t those folks speak English?
 
2015-11-15 12:52:15 AM  
Jeebus
 
2015-11-15 12:55:42 AM  

Ima4nic8or: Lorry?? HGV?? Why don' t those folks speak English?



They are speaking English.
Folks in the colonies speak Murican.
 
2015-11-15 1:47:00 AM  
That reminds me of an event a couple years ago. I passed a car on the freeway that had a broken windshield, the police were there and there was an older couple that looked pretty shaken up. There wasn't a second vehicle, so naturally I wondered what happened. On the news that eveninv, they said that an ax had fallen off the back of a landscaper's truck, bounced up and smashed threw the windshield, lodging itself in the seat between the driver and passenger.
 
2015-11-15 2:23:34 AM  
Secure your loads, you dumb motherfarkers!
 
2015-11-15 2:58:51 AM  

Craw Fu: That reminds me of an event a couple years ago. I passed a car on the freeway that had a broken windshield, the police were there and there was an older couple that looked pretty shaken up. There wasn't a second vehicle, so naturally I wondered what happened. On the news that eveninv, they said that an ax had fallen off the back of a landscaper's truck, bounced up and smashed threw the windshield, lodging itself in the seat between the driver and passenger.


Searching on YouTube for "ax through windshield" will bring up a bunch of news stories about that one.  Must have been something like the 2x4 through car windshield dashcam video.
 
2015-11-15 4:42:11 AM  
Did he then time travel and get found naked by the side of the road?
 
2015-11-15 5:27:53 AM  
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2015-11-15 6:49:47 AM  
Back when I was in high school driver's ed, on a behind-the-wheel run up to downtown Chicago (Hey, kids, we're going to stick you in city traffic today!), a taxi in front of me lost its hood on the ramp from southbound Lake Shore Drive to the Stevenson Expressway. I managed to avoid it, but it was a good thing I'd gone to the bathroom before we went for the drive, or else I'd have needed new trousers.
 
2015-11-15 8:09:00 AM  
Did they add the breaking glass sound to the video or do they not use tempered glass in windshields over there?
 
2015-11-15 8:19:37 AM  
I was driving around the beltway, I believe on the Cabin John Bridge heading up to Maryland, behind a two horse trailer - the kind that has an opening in the back

It was, in the style of the time, bumper to bumper traffic at 80 mph, and I was staring at two horse's asses.

Then, one of the tails went up.

I've been around farms enough to know what that means.

Thankfully, there was an opening in the next lane, so I swerved out from behind the trailer just in time to see a huge, steaming turd explode onto the grill of the pickup truck that had been behind me.

Given that I was driving a Boxster - with the top down - I shudder to think about what would have happened if there had been no place to go ...
 
2015-11-15 8:50:34 AM  
Yeah, that's pretty goddamn scary.
 
2015-11-15 8:57:02 AM  

GRCooper: Given that I was driving a Boxster - with the top down - I shudder to think about what would have happened if there had been no place to go ...


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2015-11-15 10:04:58 AM  
My first major car accident, I was a dumb 19 year old and pulled in front of oncoming traffic. A car t-boned me so hard, anyone in my passenger seat would have died. No one was hurt, I have no idea how.

/luck is for the stupid
 
jrl
2015-11-15 10:38:08 AM  
Try to be ready, stuff like this can happen any time. On 128 I was behind a Pepsi truck when the
2 wheel cart they use to bring eight cases in to the store came loose and headed at my face, but
I'm a skateboarder with 35 years experience of not dying in traffic. I always have an escape route
planned, and try to be sure I can flick to the next lane any moment. My Accord had nice tight steering
and gas shocks I had spent some time tuning, so it was an easy move - the two-wheeler bounced
just about where I would have been if I was snoozing along. It bounced into the median, and when I
got to the more-or-less permanent backup at the I93 ramp the guy in the next car opened his window
and applauded. "Wish I could drive like that!" he yelled. I yelled back"You can!" but he looked doubtful.
Autocross, track time, skating, and good equipment made it seem pretty tame really, it's like
Tom Lehrer (rip) said, don't be scared, be prepared.
 
2015-11-15 11:49:31 AM  

jrl: Try to be ready, stuff like this can happen any time. On 128 I was behind a Pepsi truck when the
2 wheel cart they use to bring eight cases in to the store came loose and headed at my face, but
I'm a skateboarder with 35 years experience of not dying in traffic. I always have an escape route
planned, and try to be sure I can flick to the next lane any moment. My Accord had nice tight steering
and gas shocks I had spent some time tuning, so it was an easy move - the two-wheeler bounced
just about where I would have been if I was snoozing along. It bounced into the median, and when I
got to the more-or-less permanent backup at the I93 ramp the guy in the next car opened his window
and applauded. "Wish I could drive like that!" he yelled. I yelled back"You can!" but he looked doubtful.
Autocross, track time, skating, and good equipment made it seem pretty tame really, it's like
Tom Lehrer (rip) said, don't be scared, be prepared.


That shiat is super important when you only have 26 minutes to get there.
 
2015-11-15 11:52:20 AM  
TFA mentioned the insurance company for the lorry driver was investigating the incident. What they're investigating is what kind of insurance the driver with the unsecured load has.
 
2015-11-15 11:53:41 AM  

fusillade762: Video won't load for me :(


Running Chrome? Look at the far right end of the URL window and you'll see three icons: a cookie with a bite taken out of it, what looks like a jigsaw piece and a star. Depending on your settings, the cookie and the jigsaw piece may have a little red X on it. Click the jigsaw piece and click the "always allow plugins on this page" button to stop blocking the video plug-in. The video will start right up. Learned this through hard-won experience.

My CSB: Many years ago I was with my friend Max in his car. We were stopped at a traffic light on a downward incline. He was bent over to fiddle with the radio and the car started to roll forward into the car in front of us. I distinctly remember thinking, "Should I scream or should I just duck? I'd better scream." MAX! LOOK OUT!" and disaster was averted.
 
2015-11-15 12:25:03 PM  
My wife was driving up Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with a car full of kids when she had some lady come around a curve driving the wrong way and hit her head on.  The cops didn't arrest the idiot and we got screwed by his accident report which just repeated this ladies excuses so there was minimal insurance payout.
 
2015-11-15 1:09:49 PM  
+1 for aluminium and windscreen.
 
2015-11-15 2:28:05 PM  
I think the "duck down" was really the only part that was needed to survive.
 
2015-11-15 4:24:42 PM  

Hector Remarkable: I think I see the problem - everybody's driving on the wrong side of the road.


"In Russia, we drive on the right.  I don't see why we can't do that in the UK!"
 
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