Strange things that happened, that you can't explain.

Sportsman

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I have a couple.
The first involved my wife who was diving home on a minor road in the Scottish Highlands.
I had a barely coherent phone call, saying that the car had gone off the road and she didn't know where she was. Luckily, a couple drove by and stopped to help, so they could tell me where she was. As this was not too far away, I jumped into my car and drove there. I expected to find the car parked off the road, but when I arrived there was no sign of it. Sue was sitting on the side of the road with the couple. She seemed unhurt, but obviously very shaken, so I asked where the car was. She pointed and I looked through some shrubs at the roadside and saw the car, a Volvo 960 estate, laying on its side in a river 25' below me. It had gone off the road when she skidded to avoid a deer, crashed obliquely down a 25' bank and landed on its side in a shallow river and slid 30 yards down the river bed before impacting heavily into the opposite bank.
What is amazing is that my wife was found at the side of the road. The car was laying on the drivers side, so the only way out was through the passenger door, which was now like a vertical hatch. She then had to climb up an almost vertical 25 ft bank through thick undergrowth, to get to the road. Now, bless her, but the current Mrs S is not built or inclined for that type of activity. I would have said it was impossible, a fit young man would have struggled. The crazy thing is she has no memory of doing it. Her last memory is crashing through the undergrowth when she first went off the road. She is not a religious person, but she swears blind that her guardian Angel was watching over her that morning.:angel:

My experience as less dramatic and shorter, you'll be glad to know.
In 1974 I had a short lived experience as a medical rep, selling antibiotics. First day with the company I got a train down to Basingstoke and picked up a brand new Cortina repmobile full of drug samples and set off home. The car was fitted with seat belts, but not inertia reels, they hadn't been introduced yet. These you had to pull to tighten. I was driving along, good weather and no problem when I suddenly got the urge to sit up straight and tighten my belt, so I pulled it as tight as it would go, I was really cinched in. 30 seconds later I was in a head on collision when an oncoming driver fell asleep and crossed into my lane. No warning, just saw him swerve and bang.
The car, which was about 30 minutes old, was totalled. I got out with a sprained ankle from standing on the brake, and a twisted thumb from the steering wheel.
Did the tight seat belt save my life? I can't prove it, but I will always believe it. (y)
 

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Had a steering rack fail on a fairly new Escort back about 30 yrs ago on the way home from Blackwood at a fairly notorious fatac black spot - froze the wheel & car struck a bank before rolling passenger, roof, driver, wheels, passenger side and turning 180 degrees.

As it happened a mate of mine was a copper at Blackwood nick driving in to start his shift and saw the accident happening - expecting to find a body he instead found me sat on the grass verge behind the car. Ambulance turned up and all I had was a bruised left knee from hitting the gearstick.

I‘d struck a 10yard section of raised bank either side of which was a sheer drop off the road down into the valley below.

Next day I went with my parents to collect my kit from the car at a local scrap dealer who’s recovered it - we walked past it before he stopped us & said which was mine. There was literally just a me shaped hole inside the obliterated vehicle - passenger seat space was full of transmission and steering column where it had missed me.

Shouldn't have survived that one, don’t know how or why I did, one to ask my maker when we finally meet.


Karl
 

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How my onion soup I cooked uo yesterday ended up as onion gravy? 😯
 

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I have a couple.
The first involved my wife who was diving home on a minor road in the Scottish Highlands.
I had a barely coherent phone call, saying that the car had gone off the road and she didn't know where she was. Luckily, a couple drove by and stopped to help, so they could tell me where she was. As this was not too far away, I jumped into my car and drove there. I expected to find the car parked off the road, but when I arrived there was no sign of it. Sue was sitting on the side of the road with the couple. She seemed unhurt, but obviously very shaken, so I asked where the car was. She pointed and I looked through some shrubs at the roadside and saw the car, a Volvo 960 estate, laying on its side in a river 25' below me. It had gone off the road when she skidded to avoid a deer, crashed obliquely down a 25' bank and landed on its side in a shallow river and slid 30 yards down the river bed before impacting heavily into the opposite bank.
What is amazing is that my wife was found at the side of the road. The car was laying on the drivers side, so the only way out was through the passenger door, which was now like a vertical hatch. She then had to climb up an almost vertical 25 ft bank through thick undergrowth, to get to the road. Now, bless her, but the current Mrs S is not built or inclined for that type of activity. I would have said it was impossible, a fit young man would have struggled. The crazy thing is she has no memory of doing it. Her last memory is crashing through the undergrowth when she first went off the road. She is not a religious person, but she swears blind that her guardian Angel was watching over her that morning.:angel:

My experience as less dramatic and shorter, you'll be glad to know.
In 1974 I had a short lived experience as a medical rep, selling antibiotics. First day with the company I got a train down to Basingstoke and picked up a brand new Cortina repmobile full of drug samples and set off home. The car was fitted with seat belts, but not inertia reels, they hadn't been introduced yet. These you had to pull to tighten. I was driving along, good weather and no problem when I suddenly got the urge to sit up straight and tighten my belt, so I pulled it as tight as it would go, I was really cinched in. 30 seconds later I was in a head on collision when an oncoming driver fell asleep and crossed into my lane. No warning, just saw him swerve and bang.
The car, which was about 30 minutes old, was totalled. I got out with a sprained ankle from standing on the brake, and a twisted thumb from the steering wheel.
Did the tight seat belt save my life? I can't prove it, but I will always believe it. (y)
Do you realise that if you had not stopped to tighten your belt, the other car would have missed you! :unsure:
 

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Do you realise that if you had not stopped to tighten your belt, the other car would have missed you! :unsure:
I didn't stop to do it, just pulled on the tag end. It works like airline seat belts
 

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I have a couple.
The first involved my wife who was diving home on a minor road in the Scottish Highlands.
I had a barely coherent phone call, saying that the car had gone off the road and she didn't know where she was. Luckily, a couple drove by and stopped to help, so they could tell me where she was. As this was not too far away, I jumped into my car and drove there. I expected to find the car parked off the road, but when I arrived there was no sign of it. Sue was sitting on the side of the road with the couple. She seemed unhurt, but obviously very shaken, so I asked where the car was. She pointed and I looked through some shrubs at the roadside and saw the car, a Volvo 960 estate, laying on its side in a river 25' below me. It had gone off the road when she skidded to avoid a deer, crashed obliquely down a 25' bank and landed on its side in a shallow river and slid 30 yards down the river bed before impacting heavily into the opposite bank.
What is amazing is that my wife was found at the side of the road. The car was laying on the drivers side, so the only way out was through the passenger door, which was now like a vertical hatch. She then had to climb up an almost vertical 25 ft bank through thick undergrowth, to get to the road. Now, bless her, but the current Mrs S is not built or inclined for that type of activity. I would have said it was impossible, a fit young man would have struggled. The crazy thing is she has no memory of doing it. Her last memory is crashing through the undergrowth when she first went off the road. She is not a religious person, but she swears blind that her guardian Angel was watching over her that morning.:angel:

My experience as less dramatic and shorter, you'll be glad to know.
In 1974 I had a short lived experience as a medical rep, selling antibiotics. First day with the company I got a train down to Basingstoke and picked up a brand new Cortina repmobile full of drug samples and set off home. The car was fitted with seat belts, but not inertia reels, they hadn't been introduced yet. These you had to pull to tighten. I was driving along, good weather and no problem when I suddenly got the urge to sit up straight and tighten my belt, so I pulled it as tight as it would go, I was really cinched in. 30 seconds later I was in a head on collision when an oncoming driver fell asleep and crossed into my lane. No warning, just saw him swerve and bang.
The car, which was about 30 minutes old, was totalled. I got out with a sprained ankle from standing on the brake, and a twisted thumb from the steering wheel.
Did the tight seat belt save my life? I can't prove it, but I will always believe it. (y)
Eli Lilly per chance?
 

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My Birth - even though they are divorced; I could never imagine my Parents together, talk about completely "chalk and cheese"!

I know they say opposites attract but i feel my Parents pushed that to the limit.
 
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