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Old 03-18-2003, 03:01 AM   #1
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Default Ever see a truck drop its tool box on the car behind it while going 50?

I did. Wife was driving the volvo... pretty good brakes on that thing We were the second car behind the car that was hit.
Dont know how it happened, but the entire truck box flew out of the trucks bed and in front of the poor car following. Nobody was hurt and everyone was able to avoid a collision except the lady that ran over the box.
Did a number on the front of her car too


Still cant figure out how the box got loose. It was one of those diamond plate truck boxes that goes across the entire width of the bed.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:08 AM   #2
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can't say i've seen that. but i did once see a truck dump a huge compressor out the bed pulling away from an intersection. i thought about trying to chase him down to let him know - i was even going the same direction. but then i figured if he can't secure his items and refuses to have a rear gate on his truck, :monkey: him. he can get to his destination and be confused as hell. the bastard deserves it. that's just not safe.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:24 AM   #3
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Never saw that happen, but while driving on the freeway one night in my ol' F150 the bedliner flew out. I dont think anyone was behind me...i was on a big bridge/turn, and i think it flew out and down to the bottom.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:44 AM   #4
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last week, whiel getting off the freeway, onn this exit ramp, i see this small thing fly off this truck...

it comes rolling to me. i'm still going abouit 45 on the OFF ramp... as i barely missed it, it was a thick ass piece of CONCRETE!!!!!

about the size of a pizza box!!!!!
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:46 AM   #5
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Never seen that.

Have been in a car where a shingle from a roofing truck going the opposite direction on a freeway flew out and completely clobbered the driver's side rear-view mirror. Holy balls cheif.
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Old 03-18-2003, 07:29 AM   #6
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My favorite was a pickup carring boxes of chickens, wooden boxes. He had them stacked up in the bed of the truck. The rear corner box let go and was dragging behind the truck. He had threaded rope through the end boxes so that was all that was keeping the box with the truck. Chicken didn't look too happy. Myself and a few other tried to flag him down but he was oblivious. Took like 8 mins to get him to finally pull over.
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Old 03-18-2003, 07:34 AM   #7
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I also ran my Corrado THROUGH a piece of that pink insualtion board at about 70mph on the highway. It came off a truck and stood straight up infront of me on the road. *bang* straight through the right half of it, leaving little black scratches up my hood from the metal foil on the other side.
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Old 03-18-2003, 08:14 AM   #8
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Funny you say that. This morning on the way to work, there's a semi in front of me, one lane over. All the sudden I see a huge shadow in the sky, which happens to be a sheet of plywood that has come of the truck's load, and is flipping through the air. I just moved over 2 lanes, but the guy behind the truck was forced to hit it with his Taurus.

I would have been pretty pissed off if it hit me, so thank god it didn't...
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Old 03-18-2003, 08:44 AM   #9
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My grandparents were driving home one nite from Atlantic City and my grandfather had to swerve out of the way of a kitchen sink in a lane on the Parkway
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Old 03-18-2003, 08:56 AM   #10
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Well one time on my way to work I was following a truck with a steam roller on a way to small trailer. So for no reason at all I get in the slow lane and right at that moment the tire flies off the trail at about 70 mph and zips by me. The trailer then dumps the roller off on the medium. I now do not follow any trailers no matter what is on the.
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Old 03-18-2003, 01:22 PM   #11
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Good stories...

Last year my brother, my sister and I were in my bro's WRX. On the freeway, about 1-mile before the exit we were heading to, we noticed a minivan with a thin plastic, circular swimming pool tied to it's roof. Now, understand when I say tied, I mean with a rubber-band or something, as it was just flapping around, barely attached.

So my bro gives the mini-van quite a bit of space, as there were no cars around us, save for one between us and the mini-van. All of a sudden the pool just hops off of the mini-van smacks into the car in front of us, and hops over their roof toward us. My bro dodged left 1-1/2 lanes, but the pool hit the ground and bounced right in front of us, so he dodged back right. I looked back to see the large group of cars behind us all hit their brakes and scatter to avoid it. Meanwhile the mini-van stepped on the gas and took off (not just kept driving - he floored it). Our exit came up right after we dodged right... so we got off the freeway.

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Old 03-18-2003, 01:28 PM   #12
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Worst I saw was in NYC. Went up to visit a friend, I got there before she got off work. I went town the street to get some food. Standing on the corner eating my pizza I watched a delivery truck go back and forth trying to get out of a side alley. It appeares he got tired of trying not to hit the Jeep GC, and went. I watched the bumper of the truck grind down the side of the jeep, even tilting it a little on its suspension, and pull away. The jeep sat there rocking with the alarm going off... big scrape the length of the body.
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Old 03-18-2003, 01:38 PM   #13
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man I would have been pissed if that was my Jeep.

Last summer, I went over to my ex's house and spent the night. I had to leave my WRX outside of another friends apartment because of parking. Well early the next morning while I was sound asleep a plumbing truck was trying to back into his driveway and ended up tagging the back of my WRX and scraping along the rear quarter pannel. He got out, looked at it, shrugged and got back in his truck like nothing ever happened...

luckily my friend andrew happened to be smoking outside and watched this happen. Andrew is about 6' 6" and 250 pounds. He just came up to the guy and said that he didn't think I would apreciate what just happened, nor would he appreciate it if the guy even thought about trying to leave. So he dialed me up and I bounced over.

when all was said and done, the company gave me $400.00 and we parted ways, no insurance involved.

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Old 03-18-2003, 01:40 PM   #14
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I've had two encounters with the pink foam of death. One came off in front of me but luckily just flipped right over me. Still freaked me good. Then on another day on another road in a different car I saw somebody do as has been described, pink flips up off a truck, stands verticle and floats as some random car drives through it. That was pretty funny...

Once while driving my family's van home from camping I was just cruising along about three car lengths behind some bloke when he swerves right real hard, and there in front of me was a Jersey Gator! Big semi-tread laying in the middle of my lane, with a car to my left and rolling at seventy in an old Toyota Mini-box I wasn't about to try to swerve, that thing would have been on it's side... Besides's it was my folks car! Squared up on that gator and aimed for it's head... Smacked the front bumper pretty good! Didn't look like it'd done any damage though...

I once had a big ass bird smack my windshield! He went into kamakazzee mode and lined up on my passengers face. My passenger screamed. I tested the integrity of my Civic's windshield and played chicken with the flying foul. The glass held up, the passenger continued to scream, and the bird died when it bounced off the glass... I watched it drop to the pavement behind me in the rearview mirror! I got a good laugh out of that one, though I still wonder what had possesed that bird...
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Old 03-18-2003, 01:53 PM   #15
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I was merging onto I-95 one day and there was a pick-up in front of me by about 3-4 car lengths. He ran over a 10' piece of a 1x6 and kicked it up at me. It came flipping thru the air at me and I was doing about 55-60 and I was on the ramp so nowhere to go. It hit me dead smack in the middle of the front bumper and shattered into many,many pieces. No real damage, I only lost a fog lamp bulb due to impact. Scared the living crap out of me. All I could imagine was the board coming thru the windshield and taking my head off.
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Old 03-18-2003, 02:19 PM   #16
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The funniest thing I've ever seen driving was a guy who tied a mattress to the roof of his car using one length of twine around the middle of the mattress. Because of that, the front of it was catching air and bouncing all over the place until the string finally gave up and it shot straight up into the air at around 65mph! It came down and bounced down the highway end over end like a slinky but luckily no one hit it.

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Old 03-18-2003, 02:33 PM   #17
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i had to dodge a couch the other day on the interstate...everyone just moved to the next lane and went around...i didnt hear about any casualties because of it.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:05 PM   #18
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I've seen luggage on the Thruway. The car immediately in front of me, but one lane to the right lost a suit case that was "tied" to the roof. It fell off slowly, so I saw it coming and was all prepared to quickly dodge out of the way - but the damn thing hit the road and skidded between us keeping up with the 70mph pretty well! I was shocked how long it kept sliding along, and just drove by without issue.

One I didn't see coming was a van/pick-up wheel on the Tappan Zee Bridge. I was driving in the far left lane (along the concrete divider). It was a fairly light commute, no one immediately in front or behind me, nearest car a couple car length ahead in the next lane over. All of a sudden he jams on his breaks - HARD. No one in front of him, no obvious explanation, then all of a sudden I see a van/pick-up wheel shoot across his nose and across my lane! It bounces off the concrete divider and a swerve real hard to the right. Not even thinking of how lucky I was to miss it, I try and quickly figure which truck it came off of, expecting one of the ones around me to tip over on it's three wheels and create a serious accident. Spent so much attention expecting that (but it must have been a spare), I never looked back to see the aftermath behind me. Hope everyone else saw it coming.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:15 PM   #19
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My cousin dropped their new fridge off of the back of a pickup on LBJ in Dallas once. It was sometime when there was less traffic than usual, and they turned around and picked it up. It's been in their house ever since. Just scratched it up a little. They were cruisin' pretty slow since it was there to begin with, and no one hit it. Must've slid onto the shoulder or something. It looks pretty funny in their house. You can see the scratches if you look at one side.

Watched a dog jump out of a pickup bed, but it was tied in and the guy was going really slow on a turn so we could flag him down. It was a puppy and he was close to the vet, which must have been where he was going. Kind of scary. He was kind of chuckling as he put it back in the bed. Made me wonder.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:22 PM   #20
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I drive a good bit on the interstates through atlanta and i have seen wooden and aluminum ladders, a couch, big styrofoam chunks, 5 gal bucket, pieces of wood and semi tires. I always try to keep distance all the way around my car for evasive maneuvers.
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Old 03-18-2003, 03:25 PM   #21
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I drove through a dining room table last Saturday in my civic...and no damage to the car at all!

I was on the on-ramp behind a pick-up loaded down with furniture. I should have been a lot further back but I was really tired so I was only about 50 feet behind him. As soon as he got to about 50 mph, a wooden dining room table that was sitting on top (not tied down) took off like an airplane wing, floated in the air, and dropped down right in front off me. Luckily it landed upside down so I only hit the legs and drove over the table top.

The car drove fine, but I stopped at the first exit to check it out. There wasn't even a scratch in the bumper. I figured at least the bumper would be dented or scratched.
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Old 03-18-2003, 05:07 PM   #22
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Speaking of birds...

My roommate cracked the windshield in his '68 beetle running into BIRD POOP.

He was getting onto the bay bridge as fast as that little car can with three people in it, and all the sudden we were all snapped to attention by the largest bird poop EVER splatting onto the windshield.

He hit it just perfect, almost right in the center of the passenger side. It was about 4-5 inches in dameter, and in the center a crack started to grow. That crack was about 6 inches long by the time we got to the other side of the bridge.

I would not have believed bird poop could crack a windshield if I had not seen it myself.
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Old 03-18-2003, 05:30 PM   #23
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one time i was changing lanes to the right and saw a tire in the middle of the road. i swearved left to avoid it, the back right tire clipped it, freeing up the back, and i started to go sidways. as i was going, i slowly started to drift back to the left side median(concrete wall). i was trying to correct it and then the back end grabbed so i started to swing back the other way. by then end of the ordeal, i had changed a total of 7 lanes(2 right,2 left, and then 3 right), did a 180 ending on the right shoulder, and had major flatspots on all 4 tires. i was going 85 when i tried to avoid the tire. one guy who stopped to see if i was ok said "hey man, you just did a 180, that was cool!!....are you ok?"
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Old 03-18-2003, 05:42 PM   #24
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moogoob- next time that happens pull over and grab the tools
if the driver of the truck pulls over "fill his mouth with spiders"

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Old 03-19-2003, 10:53 AM   #25
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I once saw a plastic bucket -- the 3 gallon slippery white plastic type -- filled with plaster/masonary tools come off a pickup and land right in front of a motorcyclist.

I was the guy on the bike!

The tools scattered and I managed to swerve around them while they were still sliding. The bucket was on the right side of my lane so I set up to swerve to the left. The wind (very gusty, which is what picked it up in the first place) moved it to the left so I countered to the right. The rim of the bucket hit and bounced it back to the right so my last chance was to swerve to the left again.

At the last moment the wind once again moved the bucket to the left. I went right over it and it caught against the fairing while still under the tire. The wheel snapped around to the left (it was slippery like oil on ice), pinning my left hand between the bar and the gas tank (steering over-rotated, twisting the front-end) and then dropped on the right like someone had pulled the road out from under me.

Thankfully I was wearing good protective gear. My gloves and jacket (kevlar lined) were all torn up but other than a nasty bruise on my right hip that side was OK. I rode down the highway on my helmet, which saved my ear and face.

Broke a bone in my left hand and tore up a bunch of stuff in there. Almost 2 years later and I'm still hurting.

It was my buddies bike -- only 3 weeks old. He and I had the same bikes but I had different tires, so we swapped so he could try my tires.

It'll be 2 years in May, and I'm still trying to collect the insurance money!
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