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Old 05-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Over corrected!!

From 10/11 news in Lincoln, NE


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According to the Seward County Sheriff's Department, 4-5 people in a pickup hauling a mobile home trailer are expected to live after the trailer overturned north of Seward.
Officials said around 8:15 Thursday morning, the driver of the pickup swerved to avoid an animal near Highway 15 and Agnew Road. The trailer overturned causing the pickup to flip upside down.
Highway 15 was closed for 2 and a half hours but has since reopened.
Officials said one of the occupants was able to get out of the pickup. The fire department had to use the jaws of life to get the others out. Everyone in the pickup was taken to the hospital in Seward. The extent of their injuries are unknown.
10/11's David Jespersen talked to a person who lives next to the highway who said when it happened you could hear the sound of the tires, a loud boom and the sound of metal scraping along highway. He came out and called 911.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Man, that is a tiny truck to be pulling that camper.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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Link to the news report.
Highway 15 Reopens After Trailer Overturns
Pray for the occupants is all I can think to say.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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Tragic and Sad.
Hope they are okay in the long run.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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Thanks, much better image of the truck in the video.
That was a full size RAM.
My thoughts and prayers are with them as well.
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PS - Says a lot for the truck AND the camper.
Safety chains kept them together even with a mishap that violent.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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Wow, I hope they are ok as well.

I think he would've been better off hitting the animal... but who knows.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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In the same vein as "Crash Training" for pilots, (knowing how to crash a combat aircraft without ejection seats is just as important as knowing how to fly one), I read an article on "How to hit a deer."

They said to brake hard but right before you hit, get OFF the brake.
The logic goes like this:

Braking causes the nose of the car to go down and stay down. This way when you do hit, the deer is coming through the windshield and could kill you even though the crash was survivable.

Releasing the brake will raise the nose and the deer should hit below the hood or go under the car.

That was the gist of the article anyway. I think it applies more to single vehicles and not towing. If I have the camper on, I going to hit the thing straight as I can and hope for the best.

Are there any truckers out there that can share their experience or training on hitting deer sized animals?
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statistically, more people are hurt or killed by trying to avoid animals. it's been my experience here in Texas, and parts of Oklahoma/Kansas, that when you see a deer, coyote, badger, or whatever. just back off of the accelerator/kill the cruise control. see the animal's reaction. if they're crossing the road and oncoming traffic is nonexistent, then ever so slightly and i mean very little steering wheel action, i slightly direct the vehicle to their rear. i've hit a few which took out my headlight assembly on one side or the other. but then i could limp into town without that sucker in my radiator or windshield. no sudden jerks of the wheel or harsh braking! that's my two cents.
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statistically, more people are hurt or killed by trying to avoid animals. it's been my experience here in Texas, and parts of Oklahoma/Kansas, that when you see a deer, coyote, badger, or whatever. just back off of the accelerator/kill the cruise control. see the animal's reaction. if they're crossing the road and oncoming traffic is nonexistent, then ever so slightly and i mean very little steering wheel action, i slightly direct the vehicle to their rear. i've hit a few which took out my headlight assembly on one side or the other. but then i could limp into town without that sucker in my radiator or windshield. no sudden jerks of the wheel or harsh braking! that's my two cents.
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Also, one thing I have seen pretty often.
If a deer crosses the road ahead of you, watch out for the rest of the herd behind it - take a hint and slow it down.
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Herk, here's some information that I found on a site called www.wildlifeaccidents.ca. However, it doesn't address the towing issue.

What if a Crash is Inevitable?
In certain conditions, there is no real choice except to strike the animal.
If it appears impossible to avoid the animal:
  • Aim for the spot the animal is coming from, not where it is going.
  • Look where you want to go, not at the animal. You tend to drive where you look - if you are looking at the animal, that is where the vehicle tends to go.
  • If you must hit something, try for a glancing blow rather than a head-on hit.
  • Brake firmly and quickly, then look, and steer your vehicle to strike the animal at an angle.
  • Let up on the brake just before you hit the animal. This causes the front end of your vehicle to rise and reduces the chances of the animal coming through your windshield.
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