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Thread: Me, my dog and the Jack knifed tractor trailer

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    Me, my dog and the Jack knifed tractor trailer

    Early this month, I was driving North, on I 95, from my home is South Fl to see my sister in Charleston, SC. Dog in tow, I ventured on even though our area was plagued with a line of severe storms all along the 95 corridor.
    Early that morning I had considered postponing till next day, but decided against, not wanting to miss a day with my sis! I should have listened to my gut but I left anyway knowing I am an excellent driver, cutting my teeth on the highways of the NYC metro area as a teen and logging countless miles on many road trips with my family. I had a clean record too and never had a accident.
    The weather north of the Cape was hell at best, visibility horrible and people traveling too fast for the conditions. I passed several accidents and overturned vehicles. It was stressful and required full focus but I was doing well and making good time.
    By 11:30 I stopped in my usual Port Orange Starbucks to get a coffee, water and walk doggy and recollect myself. There was a break in the weather too which would make the going easy for awhile. I thought, I will call my daughters when I am back on the road and meet her at her place in Jacksonville to wait it out till conditions improve then head north again, she was only 45 minutes away too.
    So I get back on to 95 and see a big EMT rescue fly by, must be another accident I
    thought. I was in the right lane and had driven about 4 miles and looked down the road bout half mile or so to see brake lights, traffic slowing down, this is where the EMT"S were headed so I start to slow down from 70 to about 50 and as I do I glanced in my rearview than left side mirror.
    OMG, I see a tractor trailer in the third far left lane and he is flying fast,coming in quick, your going too fast, he's not gona can't stop, I watch him jack knife, he is coming for me at break neck speed, move out of his way now ,I turn my wheel to avoid hitting cars in front and the impact from this big rig, as I do he taps me hard in left rear and I go off the road and head right into a large palm tree. Bam.......
    OMG, and son of a bitch, n wtf, airbags deployed, take glasses off, where is my little dog, on floor in passengers side scared to death, she is ok. I feel pain in right foot, ignored as I try to get lead on floor by dog, do not need her running off. Can't open my door, emt's arrive, many trucks within a minute, on the way to accidents north of us. Please let me put lead on dog then hand to you, she is scared,what? No please, please, do not take her to local animal control, she is a therapy dog, she does not deserve this. Really they say, yes for Hospice, They kindly take her to fire station till family can get her. I am grateful and relax. They loved her to bits, my daughter tells me later.
    Take me out on backboard, co-collar. Right foot has 6 inch gash, blood all over. No pain yet..a plus side of being numb from SCI???
    Err bound, big Halifax Hospital Trauma unit, used to bike week, Daytona bad wrecks. I shattered my heel/calcaneus's from impact, doc said" like putting humpty dumpy back together again, 7 screws 2 ops later, both legs bruised real bad, hurt awful, it was my good foot, I am screwed. Back in chair, not weight for 2 months, left leg is so weak anyway, transfers dicey slow going. Stitches lookin good, come out next week, hard cast off. Been down this road.
    They tell me, If I has not have made the split second choice of making the turn, he'd of hit me hard, pushing me in front of him and decimated me, my car and my precious pup. I would not be here today. My car is totaled and I am at the beginning of another long fight for recovery. Big pup,she has not left my side since I came home and pinned for me while gone. I love that little doggy to bits.
    Last edited by Jim; 05-15-2013 at 02:03 PM.

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    Super Moderator Sue Pendleton's Avatar
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    That is scary as hell and am so happy both you and the pup made it out alive! We've driven the I-95 down there and between Baltimore through NYC to CT. I'm not sure which is worse. That was really some great driving on your part. Keep us updated on the healing!
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    Glad you and dog are okay, scary deal. Hope you heal up soon.

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    Your defensive driving skills saved your two asses, congratulations. I don't know about I-95, but I think I-75 is much wilder to drive than I-5 on the west coast.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    wow i am so glad it wasnt worse and your pup is ok!!!!!! did they determine why he jack knifed?
    "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"

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    Really glad you are okay and didn't hurt your pup. Makes one realize, it only takes a second huh? Really nice of the Firemen too.

    Hope you get well soon.
    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

    My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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    Early that morning I had considered postponing till next day, but decided against, not wanting to miss a day with my sis! I should have listened to my gut
    Next time listen to your gut or in my case, the voice in my head.
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    I am so happy you and your pup is OK. It really bothers me to see people driving like assholes when the weather is bad. God bless you.
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    This should be a wake-up call for those of who travel I-95. Glad that you are (mostly) OK.
    Don - Grad Student Emeritus
    T3 ASIA A 26 years post injury

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    P, so very sorry you were injured in this wreck and so thankful you and your fur baby are alive. Thinking of you and your doggie as you heal and freshen those transfer and wheeling skills of yours.

    Miss you much, my friend. xo

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