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  •  bill - (6+ / 0-)

    an almost identical incident happened to me while driving from SoCal to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving probably 20-plus years ago: going over The Ridge Route (as we still call Interstate 5, even though it's hardly The Ridge Route of old), traffic came to a stop on the downhill side at Lebec, about two miles past the Tejon summit near Gorman. I was in the extreme right-hand lane and came to a gradual stop, keeping my eye on the mirror because I was worried about being rear-ended by an unaware driver behind. (The back end of the stoppage began just around a gradual sweeping curve in the freeway; it was only visible for about a half mile before you came upon it.)

    Well, the auto traffic behind me had enough visibility and time to manage the stop, but sure enough, a few seconds after I stopped, I could see in my mirror a semi (pulling an unladen flatbed trailer) that wasn't going to. The driver of the semi - apparently his brakes had failed - peeled off to the right just before he arrived at the back of the stoppage, gradually went over the 10-foot embankment, and rolled the truck over, coming to a fairly gentle stop in the pasture next to the freeway (if such a stop could ever be called "gentle"). He was unhurt.

    It was a sobering experience that could have turned out much differently.

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    by occams hatchet on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:18:28 AM PST

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    •  Ah, California driving. (3+ / 0-)

      I remember driving somewhere in fog at 80 mph, afraid to slow down or get off the road because everybody else was doing the same thing. Somewhere on a 2-lane road in ag country.

      Also, doing 80 on the interstate around Palm Springs in a blinding sandstorm for the same reason. Ended up with a windshield so sandblasted I thought the storm was still going on 15 minutes later until I finally chanced a glance out the side window and found nothing but blue sky and clear air.

      Those incidents were from the early 70s and late 60s, respectively.

      In the 90s, I remember driving at 80 or so for about 4 hours each way, bumper to bumper, all the way from Pasadena to the Hearst Castle and back. Of course there were stops along the way, I doubt if the distance is 300 miles, lol.

      I wonder if it's changed at all?

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:33:36 AM PST

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