Lucky To Be Alive

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Post by mantis » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:40 pm

Man, am I ever lucky to be alive. I was driving my Jeep on Highway 401 today when I hit a patch of black ice. The Jeep began to yaw sharply to the right. I released the gas and tried to steer into the slide but it was no use. I smacked into the guard rail at a pretty good clip. Then things got really interesting. A fully loaded tanker truck slammed into the rear section of my Jeep at just about the same time I hit the rail. I rolled about 5 times in a live lane of traffic and came to rest upside down in the right hand lane of one of North America's busiest highways. The roof was crused. The rear end was flattened and all the windows were broken. I was hanging from my seatbelt. I propped myself up and got out of the seatbelt and the trucker and another guy pulled me out through the broken driver's side window. The Jeep is totalled but I walked away with some cuts and scratches, some swelling and some sore muscles. If I was driving my previous car - a Nissan Altima - I'd have been dead. The police officers and EMS people who attended the scene were astounded that I was on my feet. When they saw the wreckage, they figured it was going to be a fatality or at least a serious injury.

Needless to say, as soon as my insurance claim is settled, I'm buying another Jeep Liberty.
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Post by Ovationman » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:47 pm

Good to hear you still with us.

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Post by urotu » Tue Mar 18, 2008 5:53 pm

Wow dude, kudos to the Liberty...

Glad to hear you're still with us, sounds like a harrowing experience.
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Post by Horatio_Tyllis » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:04 pm

Yeah high five man. The 401's a bitch, it's the only road worse than the St.Catharines corridor of the QEW. Nice to hear you're doing well.
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Post by Squirrley » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:28 pm

Jebus! :shock: Glad you're OK.


so... Do you usually have a trauma kit in your car?
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Post by The Highwayman » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:56 pm

Wow man! :shock:

Glad to hear you're OK. If there's anything you need, let me know!


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Post by ToddGray » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:57 pm

Pics or it didn't happen :)

Glad you're safe.

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Post by mantis » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:01 pm

Thanks everyone. I did actually snap a couple of cell phone pictures (not great quality) at the lot that they towed the wreckage to. The fact that I was wearing my seatbelt was also a major factor in the fact that I'm still breathing!

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One interesting thing, I always keep a GHB in my vehicle and it survived intact. In fact, it was the only thing (besides me) that survived the crash largley intact.
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Post by razi » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:05 pm

glad you're alive, man.
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Post by BethDeath » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:10 pm

Wow, you're a lucky guy! I think I remember L1Z4RD saying that people in JEEPs usually survive.

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Post by mantis » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:14 pm

BethDeath wrote:Wow, you're a lucky guy! I think I remember L1Z4RD saying that people in JEEPs usually survive.
I'm certainly a believer. Without a shadow of a doubt, I'll be replacing that one with another Jeep.
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Post by DeltaEchoVictor » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:27 pm

Glad you're okay. Ya gotta love those Jeeps.

I've a friend that survived a 60MPH t-bone accident where he hit a lady who didn't stop at a stop sign at a highway crossing. It killed her, she was in a full size olds, he was in a '97 Cherokee. He never had a chance to hit his brakes & he hit her in the driver's door. He could still open both doors on the Jeep & there was no passenger compartment intrusion by the engine. I love my Cherokee.
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Post by Bubba Enfield » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:04 pm

Congratulations, glad to hear you're OK. Quite the experience, innit? I've hung upside-down by my seatbelt before, it's pretty weird. How did you like standing on the 401 with traffic going by at 120km/h?

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Post by Squirrley » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:32 pm

Uh, dude, are you sure that used to be a motor vehicle? It looks like a pile of scrap metal on wheels, to me :/
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Post by JohnnyMayhem » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:12 pm

Wow, that's all I can say regarding that.


Well that, and holy crap your still alive! (and that's a good thing)
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Post by LittleTeapot » Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:02 am

Dayum!!

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Post by TheMonkeyMan » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:43 am

Glad to hear you're still in the land of the living and great job for putting on your seatbelt.

Wow that jeep is FUBAR...

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Post by REB 27 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:46 pm

Holy crap! I'm thinking my next vehicle may be a Jeep. Glad you are still here, Mantis.
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Post by kzu750 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:41 pm

Wow that is crazy! Anyone know how good Jeep Rubicons are? I have one and it seems pretty safe to me, but small.

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Post by AwPhuch » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:09 pm

Dang man..glad you are ok!
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Post by Kbkilla » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:53 pm

grats on dodging the reaper man, keep it up!

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Post by Alpha » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:03 pm

kzu750 wrote:Wow that is crazy! Anyone know how good Jeep Rubicons are? I have one and it seems pretty safe to me, but small.

The Wrangler itself is very sturdy, especially if you customized it for the trails.
It handles rolls very well too. I just don't think it could handle Mantis' 5 rolls at speed. I think pretty much anything is toasty by that point.

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Post by southalabama » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:47 pm

Glad to hear you are ok. I've hydroplaned my Jeep Grand Cherokee and almost totaled it. I luv my Jeep. Was wondering how its smaller brother held up. Looks good.

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