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I almost died today!

I was heading southbound on Route 128 in Woburn (Massachusetts) when I heard a loud "bang" which I later discovered was an exploded tire. I slammed into the guardrail and got spun around counter-clockwise and stopped facing oncoming traffic. No other vehicles were involved, however I had been traveling alongside a Malden Police cruiser. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a Police Officer have a legal duty to stop and render assistance (even outside of their jurisdiction... kinda like a First Responder)??

Anyways. I walked away more or less unscathed. All I got was a couple of friction burns on my arms from the airbag deploying, and scratch/scrape or two. Nothing really serious. The most important thing is that I was able to get out and walk away. [Thank God] I made sure my truck wasn't on fire, grabbed some stuff and jumped into the median to not get hit. I called the Police. EMTs showed up and checked me over. I then went to work (I thought it would get my mind off it, and I figured I would need the money real soon). Also: I've never seen (especially firsthand) a airbag after it's been deployed. All I know is the moment the accident occurred, all my emotions and thoughts flew out the window... I just re-acted... I can only describe it as a robotic reaction. I just did what had to be done to preserve my life without thinking.

The tow guy said my truck was a "Total Loss" and will be "sleeping with the fishes." My insurance company is calling tomorrow and hopefully I can get a new car soon. I'm probably going to go with a small car (not truck or SUV) due to the gas prices. They may be falling, but will go back up.

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Tell me what you think *(and if you got an answer to the cop question above)
PS- Woburn Firefighters/Paramedics freaking rock, if there are any on this forum, thanks guys... you were really cool today. Made me feel a little better.

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I thank God for saving my life today!

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You are one lucky **** man! The truck is toast sadly. I have no doubt in my mind there is pretty serious frame damage.
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You are one lucky **** man! The truck is toast sadly. I have no doubt in my mind there is pretty serious frame damage.
Yea, boy do I know it.
I liked that truck too. :(
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glad your ok... score another one on rangers keeping people alive.. i know my old silver one saved my *** tons of times
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glad your ok... score another one on rangers keeping people alive.. i know my old silver one saved my *** tons of times
Everyone bashes Fords... score one for "Fix or Repair Daily"! Glad I walked away on my own too feet... My friend/co-worker was telling me that Fords have something built into the frame near the front that Chevys don't that makes the a little better in a crash. Either way, I'm def glad it did the job.
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Ouch man, I'm glad you're ok. Sorry bout the truck thou, make sure to bury it well my friend.

And about the officer thing, my bud is an officer and he said technically the duty of a police officer is to uphold the "laws of the land" and not protect the personal safety of its inhabitants. Maybe that's why they let him carry a loaded weapon...

Anyway, sorry you got shafted by the PD...
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ya i was rear end in a 1991 escort by a tahoe doing 55.. my bumper was in the back seat.. i walked away with just a sore back...

then was t-boned in my 1986 f-150 in my driver door.. no injury at all. hell sitting in the truck it didnt even looked wrecked till you saw the outside.. lol.. door didnt open btw.. lol...

i love my Ford's they all have saved my life at one point or another..
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yea, f* that cop.

the driver's side door opened (and closed) fine... passenger was stuck, I got it open, but couldnt get it closed. (I was the only person in the truck)

I went off to work after, but I refused to drive the security truck
They understood, lol haha
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wow that was a nasty crash!


as for the cop it could of been a number of things
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Happy to hear you survived !! I totaled out a Honda Del Sol, top off, no seatbelt. Dont know how I survived but I also feel like something or someone was watching over me that day........I'd think twice about going with the car. You may feel nuetered w/o a pickup truck. Relying on other peoples pickup trucks sucks!
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good to hear your ok.

By chance were you running snow tires in the summer? looks like it from what i can see..
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glad you are ok! your truck didn't have the dreaded firestone wilderness tires on it, did it?
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Happy to hear you survived !! I totaled out a Honda Del Sol, top off, no seatbelt. Dont know how I survived but I also feel like something or someone was watching over me that day........I'd think twice about going with the car. You may feel nuetered w/o a pickup truck. Relying on other peoples pickup trucks sucks!
Thanks, lol.
I loved having the truck, however I rarely use it for actual "truck things", sometimes however. So in that aspect it could suck. However I drive 320 miles a week for work, and my girlfriend lives 90 miles away too... so I do alot of driving, therefore I kinda want something cheaper on gas, lol
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good to hear your ok.

By chance were you running snow tires in the summer? looks like it from what i can see..
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glad you are ok! your truck didn't have the dreaded firestone wilderness tires on it, did it?
Nope, not firestone tires, and I'm pretty sure they wern't snow tires either.
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Glad your alright bro.
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Glad your alright bro.
thanks! me too
no matter what car/truck I get, i'm staying here... you guys ALL rock
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Glad you are okay. I would look at going with something with better mpg but make sure it's safe.
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Sucks dude.

If your truck took the hit in the rear, I would be all over it yanking stuff off the front to upgrade mine, lol.
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It's nice to know the air bag works in a crash. Would you say the air bag saved your life ??
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Um, can we say BUILT FORD TOUGH to save the occupant!? Glad you walked away, that looked like a gnarly crash!!
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It's nice to know the air bag works in a crash. Would you say the air bag saved your life ??
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Um, can we say BUILT FORD TOUGH to save the occupant!? Glad you walked away, that looked like a gnarly crash!!
I don't know if the air bag saved my life, it might well have. I don't actually remember hitting it with my head, more so it hit my chest... but then it happened fast and I could be mistaken.
I think the most important thing that I did was use my seatbelt!! Hell yea for that... I have a couple of friends who always made fun of me for that, but who's laughing now.
Also, for once I had both hands on the wheel (10 and 2). Usually I use one hand a 6, but for some reason, had both.

Built Ford Tough **** yea.
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Sucks dude.

If your truck took the hit in the rear, I would be all over it yanking stuff off the front to upgrade mine, lol.

Yea, to bad huh... my sister told me to strip it down before it's junked... like I did with my Oldsmobile.
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Glad you are okay. I would look at going with something with better mpg but make sure it's safe.
Exactly. I need something that gets great MPG and only costs me $12K on a 4 year loan. I don't want to spend more than 200 a month, but I'm cheap, and poor, haha.

I found a bunch of different cars.
Mostly: Chevy Aveo, Malibu, Cobalts, and a couple Saturns

and I def need A/C... I can't stand the heat, haha
I even leave the blower on cold in the winter.
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Glad your okay. By the grace of god
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Glad your okay. By the grace of god
Thanks, I thanked him last night and today a million times over
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