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Old 03-05-2011, 08:58 PM   #1
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This could've been a LOT worse.

This is (was) my best friend's truck. We were taking up a treadmill to my mom, who currently lives in Fairplay. It was a really nice day out, but the wind was blowing to beat the band up there (close to 60 mph gusts). Anywho, we had just come down of Kenosha pass, and were about 10 miles out from Fairplay, when the wind REALLY started blowing snow across 285. We were southbound, and my buddy immediately slowed down and popped her in 4wd. The roads were dry, and then all of a sudden a patch of road would turn into an inch of drifting snow ice, almost white out conditions. Crazy. A line of cars coming northbound was coming towards us, and all of sudden the fifth car back just loses it and crosses diagonally into our lane. My buddy tried to get over to the shoulder, but they came almost directly at us. Speed on impact was probably between 40-50 mph head on. Their vehicle (newer honda crv) hit with most of the force directly in front of me in the passenger side, WITH most of their passenger front bumper side. We were both buckeld up, airbags deployed, sounded like a shotgun went off. I looked up at the last second, and just kept saying oh ****. Never been in an accident like this before, it literally felt like an overhand right from riddick right to my face. Dogs in the back seat went flying. Impact point pushed the dash into my shins, had to kick the doors open after prying myself out. LUCKILY, everyone else on the road stopped. My friend and I were in shock, but managed to head down into the ditch to check on the car that hit us. Older couple (late 70's), car was completely trashed. They were alive, but in serious pain and trapped in the car with blood everywhere. Paramedics/fire/ patrol showed up, jaws of life to get them out, air lifted to denver. Was told they're going to be ok. THEY also had to dogs in their car...all four dogs are fine. My buddy has some cuts on his hands and a sore chest. I've got a nice gash on my shin, banged up knees, and a ****ed up shoulder.

All I can say is thank god this wasn't worse. One of the scariest moments of my life so far....just watching that car flying at you and not being able to do a damn thing about it. If that other car would've slid a little more sideways? They're dead. Straight on shot with our truck? Dead. I'm just thanking god that no one was seriously injured, and my friend had a large truck with great safety features.

Oh, and the treadmill survived the wreck, tow truck driver took us to my mom's house and it was delivered. . Really nice guy. He also informed us that the people who lost control were driving on bald pizza cutters. Like, NO tread :facepalm:

Anwho, just thought I'd share, be careful out on the roads folks! You can be the best driver in the world, but if the guy on the other side of the dotted line doesn't know what he's doing, you're screwed.

Glad all parties will survive
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Glad you are ok, my friend. It was your tiger blood that kept you safe.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:21 PM   #5
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Glad you made it out safe. I've never even seen a wreck like that, let alone been involved in one. *knock on wood*
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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Winning! Seriously though, thanks guys. Time to pass out with a thermal pack
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:43 PM   #7
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Very, very fortunate. You guys are unbelievably fortunate.

The fact that you guys were on ice and friction was reduced during impact could have been the thing that saved you.

Every day is a gift for you two after that one. Make the most of them.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:51 PM   #8
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Winning! Seriously though, thanks guys. Time to pass out with a thermal pack

Ladies of Colorado, you can rest easy for a few days. Vajynatarian is going dark.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:48 PM   #9
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PETA is glad to hear that all dogs were not injured.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:36 AM   #10
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I have a good friend who was a patrol-woman out that way (she transferred closer to Denver)... some of the stories she tells about accidents are just horrific. It can get really nasty on those roads up there.

I'm glad your ok man.
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:40 AM   #11
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Now you just gotta watch out for any "Final Destination" type occurrences. Don't go in elevators for awhile.
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Old 03-06-2011, 02:49 AM   #12
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That view coming over Kenosha is one of the best in the state. Always seems to take my breath away no matter how many times I have seen it. Too bad you got clocked in the valley by some idgit.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:29 AM   #14
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really glad to hear you and everyone made it out. That looks and sounds like it was pretty scary. Hope the rest of your day and week go a bit better.
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Wow, that's pretty amazing, glad to hear that everyone is going to be alright after a wreck like that.
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Great write up. Glad you are okay.
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How's it feel this morning? Glad you're OK. If you have lingering pain today (neck, back), don't ignore them - see a Dr. to get them checked out.
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Damn, glad your OK. That valley on 285 right after Kenosha when the wind blows is one of the scariest sons of b****es out there. You just can't see a damn thing.

BTW, on the downhill from Kenosha there is one of those lighted speed limit/your speed signs. I installed that.
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Thanks again everyone. God was really watchin yesterday. No offense to the non-religious or anything with that statement. Anywho, woke up today and feel like a sack of wet hammers. The GOOD news, is everything feels intact. I can move all of my parts freely, with no excruciating pain. My shoulder (which I dislocated last year) is pretty stiff, and my neck/back are in some pain, but nothing serious. Kind of like I did some kind of hellacious workout at the gym. My SHIN on the other hand, feels like Tulo took b.p. with it. It doesn't look too bad, I've never really been a bruiser, but I definitely whacked the **** out of it when the dash came back. Surprisingly, my mouth hurts the most. I bit my tounge in a few different places, and my jaw feels like it took some shots.

OVERALL though, I'm extremely fortunate. Going to the doctor later today, and I'm a little nervous. I just lost my job about a month and a half ago, so I don't have insurance...not sure how the doctor's office will handle that. My buddy has insurance, and the people who hit us have insurance, so I'm sure at some point I'll be reimbursed. We'll see.

Again, this is the first real accident I've ever been in, and it was just surreal. When my buddy and I first got out of the truck (and for the following few hours), it was just this weird daze...I'm sure it was shock or something. I was having a helluva time trying to dial 911, check on the dogs, check on the people, talk to paramedics etc etc. I don't even know why I only took pictures of OUR truck, and not theirs. Very odd feeling.

The MAIN thing, is that all parties survived. The older couple had injuries, but everyone assured us they weren't life threatening. The helicopter ride for them was more of a precaution, due to time constraints. The gentleman driving had a bunch of cracked ribs, and the woman had a possible broken leg.

All in all, just incredibly blessed and fortunate to be alive, I know many people in these same situations don't come out so lucky

Thanks again for the well wishes though!

And ps, that stretch of road is always bad, apparently. The fire/rescue guy said this was his 87th call this year already :/
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Damn, glad your OK. That valley on 285 right after Kenosha when the wind blows is one of the scariest sons of b****es out there. You just can't see a damn thing.

BTW, on the downhill from Kenosha there is one of those lighted speed limit/your speed signs. I installed that.
haha nice man, my buddy actually said something about it as we passed it yesterday
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:10 AM   #22
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And ps, that stretch of road is always bad, apparently. The fire/rescue guy said this was his 87th call this year already :/
Glad you're alright. I really hate that road in the winter. I drive all over Colorado and for some reason that area freaks me out more than anywhere else. Came off Kenosha last year to see 3 elk standing in the road. It was icy as hell, I couldn't stop but fortunatly they moved. Damn near had a heart attack.
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all four dogs are fine.
THANK GOD!!!!!




Also glad to hear you're ok too.

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