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post #1 of 23 Old 12-11-2008, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Bridge cllopses , could have killed several

Hey folks,

I know this is a far stretch off topic , but after incedents like this one . I just feel compelled to put a word on the wire for folks to to use caution in your daily routines . Life is all to short to not take a breath and appreciate life as it is .

Ok , I'll do something unusaul here and be quick about this . I just want folks to consider how day to day things can clain ones life suddenly . I'll also add that I am all to fortunate to still be alive at this moment .

In the winter months , my business slows to a crawl so I use my class A Hazmat lisence to earn a few bux by driving a propane truck . Today on my route , a bridge in Lake Toxaway caved in as I was crossing it . The bridge first started crumbling on the right side of the truck which rolled the truck ( along with me in it ) into the river . If you haven't noticed , it's raining somethign serious and the river was raging quite nicely . To my good fortune and some very quick thinking . I did get out without to much physical harm to me . I did however go get cleared at the hospital for serious injuries but will be very sore as a reminder of how close of a call it was .

Again , off topic yes . But allot of folks read this board and I hope it was ok to use it as a reminder of just how quick we can leave this old world . I have to say ... this was my 1st experience of rolloing a 36,000 gvw vehicle with 3,000 gallons of explosive in a river and can only hope it will be the last . You might be able to catch the quick and dirty on WLOS News 13 tonight .


P.S. I personally don't have photos but I know my boss did along with NCHAZMAT and several other folks . If and when I can acquire a few , I'll post a few up if you guys don't mind .

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-11-2008, 05:04 PM
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All I can say is WOW...!

Glad you made it OK!

So, how do they get a fully loaded propane truck out of a river?

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Glad you didn't turn into a fireball floating down the swollen creek. Where exactly was it? I know there have been a few bridges in my neighborhood which were replaced the last year or so. Right before the mulch yard opened up with its menacing trucks.

What is the nature of your non-injury?

Again, glad to still have you around.
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post #4 of 23 Old 12-11-2008, 07:45 PM
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Wow, sure glad you were able to hang around and write about it! I know the feeling about we could go at any time, I was deathly ill a few years ago and honestly didn't think I would pull through. If it wasn't for my wife I would be dead, but she wouldn't let me give up and held me up to pour fluids down me when I was too weak. We need to be thankful each and every day.

And exactly where was that bridge, I like to ride up that way a lot. Oh, and a lot of my close friends know how much I HATE, ABSOLUTELY HATE, bridges.
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All I could find ..

Was this on the site : No major damage reported as storms cross NC...
But glad that your mostly all right ...Heal fast and hope you have a great holliday.:mrgreen:
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Wow, gives a whole new meaning to "driving a bomb"! Seriously, glad you are still with us.

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post #7 of 23 Old 12-11-2008, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by MrMac View Post
All I can say is WOW...!

Glad you made it OK!

So, how do they get a fully loaded propane truck out of a river?

With a crane . The risk of rupturing the plumbing around the rear and under belly is WAY WAY WAY to risky by dragging it up the bank . If a pipe broke and it drug on a rock .... well , you get the picture . It would have blown us all to smitherines with ease . Just hook a monster crane to it and lift . Just glad I didn't have to pay that wrecker bill . LOL . It's a wonder it didn't leak and blow that end of the county to Mexico .


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Glad you're ok. I once saw an accident site where a trackhoe operator who was dismantling a bridge rode it off the edge and into Tuckertown Reservoir. He wasn't so lucky. I think the resulting heart attack is what killed him.

Do any damage to the seat on the ride down? I would have had a serious pucker-factor going on there!

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post #9 of 23 Old 12-12-2008, 12:11 AM
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Wes, pleased to hear you are OK. That would be far too much excitement for an old guy like me. So what did you injure? Did a pretty nurse take care of you? Details when you are up to it ,please. Hope you are feeling well soon.

It just figures, now that I am old and wise enough to stop and smell the roses, I would lose my sense of smell.
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A few weeks ago an hour from coming back from the doctors office after receiving the dreaded C diagnosis I decided to take the dog for a walk to chill out and relax. I decided to walk to the bridge construction site on our island and watch the progress.

As I watched, a 220' 125 ton beam of concrete came crashing down from it's supports a hundred or so feet off the ground....three of the workers were tied off to that beam (it was one that was already in place) killing one immediatley.

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