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Last Post 20 Feb 2008 11:23 AM by  Eclipse2Lancer
Whoops! Hit by a semi!
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DRAG
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19 Feb 2008 10:46 AM

    Well I normally like driving my car to the auto x events, but had lightly considered tossing the car in the trailer this year so that we can have some cold drinks in the fridge and a place in the shade. So much for that idea! Sunday night we were driving through Iowa and hit some some chunk ice section of highway where the plowing duties changed from one county to another. I-80 is bad...we must have passed 250 cars in the ditch, but we were careful. We got slowed down easily, but apparently the semi behind us thought he was going to cruise right through it. The chunk ice was 6-8 inches thick and had cars and trucks jumping out of control. A semi slammed us in the back and jack knifed us into the ditch. He pulled over about 1/4 mile ahead, so I ran as fast as I have ever run in my life up there to get his info....I looked like a pregnant Lance Armstrong. I got about half way there and he saw me running and took off. Hit and run :( It is Tuesday morning and we are still stranded here trying to get insurance to send a tow truck large enough to handle the 18,000 lb rig on the ice.

    The next 2 hours was the scary part. We were sitting ducks out here in below zero windy conditions as semis and cars came flying at us out of control. We couldn't sit in the heat of the truck for fear of being hit...so we stood on the shoulder and ran into the field every time a truck came at us out of control. The field was knee to waist deep in snow and we had to literally make a superman dive on one occasion....only to escape a 60mph semi by inches.

    Trailer held up suprisingly well to the impact. The actual frame is fine and I'm sure it hurt his bumper since he went that far past the frame
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    The passenger side of the bed is pushed in and the front of the trailer is pushed in. The hitch is ripped out of the frame.
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    4x4 ain't gonna do squat :lol:
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    Look at this moron and the angle he is trying to pull this out. I tried to help him, but after he nearly pulled his own truck over himself he got pissed off and left.
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    Resting in the Hampton trying to figure a way to salvage this trip for tomorrow
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    The Nebulizer
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    19 Feb 2008 01:25 PM

    Hit and run - WTF? Your insurance will still cover you though, right? What do you have in the trailer? Do you have another vehicle you usually toe around or did you have the trailer for the Evo 8?

    At first I couldn't tell what I was looking at in the first picture and thought maybe it was your new Evo X (rolled over or something...).

    That really stinks. Sounds like you could be there a while. That trucker was definitely a jerk all right. Where you coming home or heading out? (do you get an extra long vacation or did you miss your plans?)

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    20 Feb 2008 12:42 AM

    We were headed to Iowa State University for a project we have going into their Vet School. We had some tools, welders, parts, etc inside. Everything looks ok...just spilled everywhere. We finally got pulled out tonight. The pictures from that will be much better.

    I pull my Honda drag car in the trailer and occasionally the EVO8 when I was going for broke at the drag strip :D

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    20 Feb 2008 11:23 AM

    Holy cow Luke! [:O]

    Glad everyone made it out safe at the very least.

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