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Old 08-16-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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All of a sudden someone is driving the wrong direction right at me. Somehow they got onto the highway going the wrong way. I swerved out of the way and managed to miss the cars in the other lane and then immediately called 911.

The cop made me repeat myself since he didn't believe me the first time. Unfortunately, it happened so quickly I didn't see the driver or the license plate.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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All of a sudden someone is driving the wrong direction right at me. Somehow they got onto the highway going the wrong way. I swerved out of the way and managed to miss the cars in the other lane and then immediately called 911.

The cop made me repeat myself since he didn't believe me the first time. Unfortunately, it happened so quickly I didn't see the driver or the license plate.
Glad you weren't hurt.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:33 PM   #3
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Possibly a drunk driver. Happens too often unfortunately.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:35 PM   #4
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Consider yourself lucky it wasn't a 18 wheeler.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:50 PM   #5
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:01 PM   #6
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

I am currently representing a client who was riding his motorcycle on a similar 4 lane divided highway. He came over a hill and ran into a drunk bicyclist riding the wrong way.
Unfortunately the bicyclist had no insurance and was in the states illegally and we are having trouble tracking him down.

My client shattered an arm and a leg while the guy on the bike was unharmed. The insurance won't let my client collect any insurance because they say the policy only covers crashes with 'motorized' vehicles no just vehicles.
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:31 PM   #7
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

The same thing happened to me on a two lane divided road. It scared the living shit out of me and I was only going ~40 or so. I pulled over and called the cops, but I doubt they found the guy.
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:36 PM   #8
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

A few years ago, a drunk driver (3 to 4 times over the legal limit of .08) got onto the Meadowbrook Parkway on Long Island going the wrong direction. He crashed into a limo coming from a wedding killing several people inside. I don't remember how his sentencing played out...
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Old 08-16-2008, 03:37 PM   #9
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

It happens all too often in Pittsburgh-- so many one-way roads that go every which way. It's a really confusing city to navigate and it's almost to the point that if I drive in certain parts of town, I have to look both ways before entering a one-way street just because of the frequency of people going the wrong way on it.

Never seen someone drive the wrong way down an interstate though. Those are almost impossible to get on the wrong side of.
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:31 PM   #10
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Dang, you should watch the news tonight to see if there's anything on there about it.

Good thing you are alive and well, and have full functionality of your fingers and are able to post on ATOT!
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:19 PM   #11
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About 20 years ago I had a good friend killed by an 80 yr old man driving the wrong way on I-40.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:51 PM   #12
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

Like the old joke, where the old woman is home, watching tv, and they break in with a news story about someone driving the wrong way down the highway.

She immediately phones her husband, knowing that he'll be driving down that particular highway, to warn him of this crazed driver going the wrong way.

His response? "One driver going the wrong way? Hell, the entire highway's full of people going the wrong way!!!" :laugh:
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:02 PM   #13
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:04 PM   #14
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I have never seen anyone driving down the wrong side of the road, let alone on the highway.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:16 PM   #15
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One person I worked with was a witness to an accident. It was on a 4 lane divided highway where the divider was a slightly lower than road grade grass area about 60 feet wide. Some lady in an SUV was driving towards her with her dog in her lap. The dog distracted her, she drove into the median, across it, then slammed into a small car (like a civic I think) heading the other way. That car was only 1 or 2 cars ahead of my co-worker. Apparently it was a real mess.
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Old 08-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #17
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Default Driving to work on a 4 lane divided highway and....

Back in the late 90's I drove dump truck and was empty heading back to the yard for another load of gravel.

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I was passing a line of slower vehicles just after an on ramp and the road become an overpass.

I as I climbed the small rise, I saw a car in my lane (inside lane), so I jumped all over the brake pedal and was able to stop in time, and the slow lane did as well. 7 axles has a lot of tire surface on the road holding 30k pounds and it can make for a short stopping distance. If the truck was loaded, I'm not sure I would have been able to stop in time.

This poor old lady was so disoriented. I had to help her do a 3 point across the two lanes and get her going the right way.

It is no fun to see that coming at you. In a semi, it's even worse.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:09 PM   #18
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Happened to me on Rt80, while a buddy of mine was driving. We were in PA, on our way to Cincinnati, and he was doing about 65, in the left lane.

Suddenly, I see these headlights coming at us, and tell my friend that I think that car is in our lane. He thinks I'm crazy, and says it's on the other side of the road. I yell at him, to get the hell out of the lane, and go to grab the wheel. He turns at the last second, barely missing the other car. I'll never forget the look on her face. Her was clearly drunk, and looked at us like we were in the wrong.

I drove from that point on.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:23 PM   #19
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Dont you ppl know if this happens your suppose to stop on the side of the road! and wait for them to pass by.
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Old 08-17-2008, 03:26 PM   #20
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Where I live there is a similar highway (US 27) , but the city I live in (Dayton, TN) has the most absurd set of roads connecting to and going across the divided highway that you can EASILY get going the wrong way. There are several places where the 2 halves of the highway get pretty far apart and you would never know its half of a 4 lane road and could easily think it is a 2 lane road and make the wrong turn. And the only thing to tell you otherwise are tiny little "wrong way" signs which you would never see in the dark (or if you were even a little distracted).
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Dont you ppl know if this happens your suppose to stop on the side of the road! and wait for them to pass by.
Is this a joke of some kind that I don't understand? Closure rate in such an event is high enough that someone who is not expecting such an aberrant situation would have almost no chance to calmly pull over and kindly "wait for them to pass by".
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