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Old 03-21-2014, 07:22 PM   #15
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The tracks on the grass indicate the RV left the road and if a front wheel got into some soft spot on the shoulder or in the ditch and if the driver tried to correct quickly, well the result of such a move would be as shown.

Indeed the tow bar seemed to hold OK and the toad might be fine.

Also there does not appear to be another vehicle in this accident, at least there is no picture of one.

Hope the occupants are OK and they have good insurance coverage.
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:34 PM   #16
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80 year old driver fell asleep at the wheel @ 2:00 in the afternoon...
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80 year old driver fell asleep at the wheel @ 2:00 in the afternoon...
Just read that in the linked report. This is a lesson to every person. If I feel the least bit tired, I pull over and have a sleep or have someone else drive. Pulling off and resting in an RV is soooo easy I just cannot understand why anyone would risk killing themselves and others by driving while tired. i stop at least every 2 hours and get 30 min zzzzs when tired and I then feel like a new person but often I only drive for 5-6 hours per day at the most. Did much more when timing was an issue.

I get angry when I hear these lame stories about fallibg asleep. Of course I do not believe much that I get from the news so falling asleep may or may not be the cause in this instance.

Too bad for the people in the hospital but the reports indicate minor injuries and that is good if true.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:00 PM   #18
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Regardless of the cause of the accident, this may be the end of their RVing, and that's sad, no matter who you are. I hope they're OK. Metal, wood and rubber can be replaced. Prayers for them as they struggle through the challenges ahead.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:33 AM   #19
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"John Devore, 80, of Pennellville, New York, fell asleep at the wheel, drove off the roadway, lost control, then overturned and eventually came to a stop in the median."

Hope they are going to be OK. They live less than 30 miles from me.
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Yes, it said the couple only suffered minor injuries. Myself, I have had times where I told my wife I need to pull off and rest my eyes for 30-45 minutes....usually does the trick.
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Bummer! Did you notice the toad was still hanging on!
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While the how is missing, there may be a lesson...just looking at the median and the coach position. When we are tired, and nod, we tend to jerk. when you lose the wheel off the pavement, you're probably going to wake up pretty quick. The worst thing to do is to try to quickly turn the wheel back on the pavement.

You need to regain control by driving straight ahead and gradually work your way back on the road. The median seems to indicated he tried to recover too fast while the rear continued to slide into the ditch, got a little sideways and then caught and rolled over on the top.

If you take the above approach, worst case is you just slide further into the ditch and get stuck...but you survive the accident. Similar with vehicles, and especially motorcycles. Better to slow down and end up stuck rather than roll trying to regain the road way where there is almost always some level of a shoulder, particularly on the inside of a four lane road. JMHO and prayers for the folks involved.
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Looks like that nap could have been a permanent nap if he fell asleep as the news said. Never drive tired. Pull over and take a nap, you did bring your bed with you. Save your family a lot of worry. That said, I pray for them to make a speedy recovery.
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