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    Default Strangest excuse for a wreck?

    What is the strangest excuse / reason you've been given for a car wreck?

    Went to a single vehicle rollover yesterday. Lady was out of the car refusing treatment. When the medic's finally coaxed her into the ambulance, she revealed that she had swerved to miss a gopher (prarie dog) and lost control.

    Around here gophers are pests. Most people will make a point of running the little suckers over when they get a chance.

    Got any good stories? I'd love to hear them.
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    If its smaller than the guard rail, run it over.

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    Car ~100' off road in woods

    [me] "So what happened?"
    [pt] "There was a telephone pole!"
    [me] "In the road?"
    [pt] "Uh huh. And I had to swerve."
    [me] "So did this telephone pole jump out in front of you or something?"
    [pt] "Umm yes."
    [me] "oooooh kaaaay"


    Then there is the classic "I just don't know what happened. I have 4 wheel drive!!"... said by the driver who's $47,000 SUV is at the bottom of an embankment burning and exploding in a cloud of smoke during a blizzard.
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    Well...We had a head-on collision one night. The two occupants of the one auto (a man & a woman) were found unconsious. Interesting thing was, his (driver)pants had the fly open and she (front seat passenger) had her head in his lap. Hmmmmmm, distracted driver?
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    Not really strange, but stupid... Last spring we had a woman crash into a telephone pole because while driving she was setting her clock ahead an hour for daylight savings time.

    Now I looked at her clock after she revealed this tidbit and found it was one of those that you had to put a ballpoint pen in and then use the tune +/- button to change.

    What exactly makes you think you can use 2 hands to do that and still keep the car on the road?!?!

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    Oh and on the small animal thing, I remember(very blurry..) back in High School a girlfriend of mine was out on drivers education and slammed on the brakes and swerved for a squirrel. The instructor all had her pull off the road and all but ripped her out of the car screaming at her that "its an F'in squirrel. You're willing to get in a head-on collision and kill yourself over an F'in squirrel! Get out of the car, I'm driving back to the school!"
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    This one is my favorite that I can remember. Was a Corvette crash. The guy was going well over a hundred when it went bad. The car went in to a ditch hit a telephone poll. Houston we have a break up. 250 yards of debris from this car. Three major pieces. As we was getting him out of the center section of the car he said” Hey man put that sh#t down you’ll f*ck up my car. The officer asked him what happened. I dropped my beer and tried to pick it up before it spilled in the car. When he looked up and seen he was talking to a trooper was a Kodak moment.
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    We had a boating accident start a grass fire on the interstate once. Also had a BBQ pit start a grass fire after a traffic collision.
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    Originally posted by RyanEMVFD
    We had a boating accident start a grass fire on the interstate once. Also had a BBQ pit start a grass fire after a traffic collision.

    Both of those sound like they've got interesting stories.. Pick one and elaborate. There is a stupid human trick in there somewhere.

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    Day after a snow storm, the roads were still a little slushy in places, a high school senior followed a slow moving pick up 6 miles on a pretty straight road with plenty of places to pass. He got to a point where he couldn't take being behind this old fart, so he attempted to pass. On the inside of the sharpest corner in town, and within sight of the 4 way stop at the end of the road. The corner had 3 inches of rutted slush, he almost hit another vehicle head on but spun off the road and took down a poll. He tried to get the trooper to give the old timer a ticket for not going faster.

    A few weeks later, while at an accident involving the poll across the street from that one, a car took that newly replaced poll down as we looked on, and the driver said that the fire department shouldn't be out there causing this distraction to the drivers.
    That one is still known as the rubber necker incident.
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    Actually the long story for both are kinda boring, it's the short story which is the best.

    First story was a guy that sales boats was picking one up in Austin, I think and taking it boat to Dallas. Of all the places to occur, there was a single rope holding the boat on a trailer and this is one of those large ski boats, the rope breaks and the boats comes off the trailer. The prop skids on the highway and sends sparks everywhere. Of course a grass fire erupts. The bottom of the boat is wrecked and this was before we had hydraulic tools and wrinches so we had a heck of a time helping this poor chap get the boat back onto the trailer.

    Second story was a collision when a pick up hauling a BBQ pit/trailer combo hits a car that pulled out in front of it. The car goes off into a pasture while the pick up went into a ditch. The BBQ pit seperates from the pick up and goes through a chain-link fence and strikes a brick house. The pit still had hot embers in it and they fell out starting a grass fire that threatened the house.

    So odd things that happen in an odd place. And people wonder why I call McLennan County the largest unfenced mental facility in the world.
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    Head on serious MVA...All because a spider crawled across the windshield....Some very lucky people in this world I tell ya....
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    Guy reaching for his fish sandwich that was on the pass. floor. He hit a semi head on.

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    We had a guy and his son racing their cars home from a bar last summer...son lost control, ended up sideways in the middle of the road and dad t-boned him in the driver side door. Both vehicles required extrication to get the patients out, son was critical and had to be flown out. Dad told us the story before going unresponsive himself and having to be flow out too. That's where drunk and stupid will get ya!
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    had a woman run a red light and slam head on into a guy making a left hand turn (with the green arrow). She told us that her Volvo was brand new and she wasn't "comfortable braking with it yet".

    Also one time came across a hit and run in a rural intersection. Witnesses said the driver of one car ran into the woods. After extricating the two people from the other vehicle, a bloody guy comes out of the wwods and yells "that's my car, it was stolen an hour ago and I've been looking for it". Stangely, his shoes were still in the car and he was barefoot. His wounds seemed to coordinate with the damage to the dashboard and steering wheel. When asked what happened to him, he said he was sitting at home drinking a beer when he heard people steal his car. He chased them, but was abducted by a gang of teens and taken into the woods and beaten up. When asked if he was sure he wasn't driving (everyone on scene ID'ed him), his response was "i couldn't have been driving, I don't even have a license!".
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    In my full time job as a police dispatcher, some of the patrols on my shift were having a "higher than average" number of Police vehicle accidents. On the reports, a good number of the drivers reported, "swerved to avoid a black labrador dog", as the reason for the damage to the vehicle. This went on for some months, until one day, a black labrador dog was run over and killed by a member of the public.

    The Commander later issued a memo stating "The county black dog is now dead. There will be no more black dog Police vehicle accidents".
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    About 2yrs ago we had a late night single car MVA in the ditch. When we arrived, there was no one "home" and the car (a newer Mustang) was all locked up. Only after the Chief ordered the window to be broken to disable the battery did the driver and (eventually) the passenger show themselves from the bush.

    The reason for the crash was the "boulder" in the middle of the road. Apparently the driver tried to "swerve" around it and found the ditch instead.

    A few attempts to get the 'real story' later and .... oh yes, alcohol was a factor in this incident.

    We still have not located the boulder that was in the middle of the highway that night.
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    We went to a wreck several years ago with a drunk who hit a tree head on. Fifteen minutes later after cutting the door off with the jaws, he was still inside "driving" the car.

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    We had the hiway patrol tell us of a rollover accident on a bright sunny afternoon on a straight piece of hiway.

    The driver was a well know drunk, and he only blew .16 which for a drunk isn't bad..

    They couldn't figure out why he wrecked.

    His passenger wasn't saying much either.

    They both went to hospital, and upon a full examination, the female admitted to having something lodged inside her. It turned out to be the top of a glass pop bottle.

    She was giving him a little show from the back seat, and he was giving her his full attention.

    How much is true? I wasn't there, so I can't say. It is not beyond the realm of possibilites

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    MVA with entrapment

    Car into bank after spinning on 110 degree corner in the wet.

    On arrival I went up to the car with the OIC, while he did a scenic check, I looked at the vic.

    his window was down, and the drivers door not damaged, conversation went something like this.

    "Gidday sport, I am with the Big Red Truck over there, how yer doing."

    "Oh mate, I am p!!sed and st0ned, bugerd if I can figure out this damn door handle."

    I opened the door, checked him over, while laughing my head off. Further conversation went something like..

    "Sorry about this mate, didn't mean ta get you guys called out for me."

    "No worries mate, we were just doing silly things like eating, being with our families, ya know."

    "Geez am I going to be in trouble here?"

    Slight pause while I was laughing.

    " Ya think?"

    "Eh mate, the cops aren't coming are they?"

    "Pal, you were reported as TRAPPED, you told the nice people trying to get you out you were stuck. There is an ambulance and Police on there way as we speak"

    "BUGGER"

    He was way to gone to damn well walk, we had to carry him out of the car.

    After he was in the ambulance, the Police found the deal bag, the beer, and the BOX of pron (deliberate typo) movies in the boot.
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    This one actully involved a guy that I worked with. He also owned a non-emergency Transport business. During one of his transports with a pt on board. he was eating a burger, well he started choking on a piece of the burger.. passed out ran off the interstate across the median and hit a tree, when he hit, the seat belt acted as the hiemlic (sp?) and removed the piece of burger and he regained consciousness only to find his van totalled! and him figuring out how to explain it to DPS....needless to say the officer bout died laughing...and my partner swore off eating while driving! the pt was not injured...

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    This one happened in the chemical plant where I work, and I witnessed it myself. A contractor was cutting lumber for concrete forms when he "nicked" his thumb with a circular saw (cut it pretty good, actually). He wrapped it up and reported it to his foreman, who directed him to report to the contractor first aid office. So he got in a pickup truck and proceeded to drive across the plant to the first aid office (it's a big plant).

    This is the part where I come in....

    I was moving tank cars (this was shortly after I hired in, and way before I got into Emergency Services) when I saw this truck run OVER (not through)a stop sign, through a guard rail, and into a canal. The truck was almost completely submerged, no sign of the driver. Myself and a contractor waited for the driver to surface....nothing...we decided to go in. We jumped in and just as we reached the cab the driver emerged, gasping for air. We grabbed him before the current carried him off and waited for someone to throw us a rope. As we were waiting, I asked him if he was hurt anywhere....

    He showed me his cut thumb....

    In the investigation it was discovered that as he was driving along, the thumb started throbbing painfully and he passed out and drove off into the canal.

    As a result of this incident, we revised our site policy to state that any injured person must be driven by someone else to receive medical care (or just call the ambulance...ME!)
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    Too lazy to walk the dog. Guy would drive slow while the dog ran behind the truck. Ran off the road and rolled down an embankmen, totalled his brand new truck. The worst part was his son wasn't wearing his seat belt and was thrown from the truck. Luckily only minor injuries.

    Boat in the middle of the road, guy forgot he was pulling it. Semi hit the trailer, tossed the boat into the oncomming lanes of traffic.
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    OK, I've got another good one, and it's fresh! (Last night). Got toned out yesterday evening for an MVA at our "major intersection" (the one with the red light ) Pontiac Firebird turned left in front of a Honda Accord. Driver of the Firebird was 14 years old! Seems her mom (front seat passenger) had a bad migraine and needed to go to the emergency room, but was feeling too bad to drive. So her daughter drove her there. On the way home, the daughter turned left onto Hwy. 70 right in the path of the Honda, which T-boned into the passenger side door. Extrication required on both vehicles, 4 transported by ground, 1 by air.

    On questioning the daughter, Sheriff's Office found that (besides being only 14), she thought she could turn because she had the green light (not the arrow, just the light....) Never mind about that vehicle hurtling toward you in th opposite lane...."I got the light!"
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    "I had to take the car, I was too drunk to walk"

    The above is an exact quote given to the Police after we extricated the driver from underneath the overturned vehicle - he had been ejected out he passenger side window as it rolled and was pinned by the roof.

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