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Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2012

Semi crashes after driver struck in face with rock

March 8, 2012, 10:03 a.m. Updated March 8, 2012, 7:34 p.m.

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A 49-year-old Independence, Mo., man was injured after he was struck in the face Wednesday night by a large rock that broke through the windshield of the semitrailer he was driving near Perry. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Roberto Chevez-Enamorado lost consciousness after he was struck, and his truck went off U.S. Highway 24 to the left, crashing through a fence before stopping in a field. The accident occurred at 7:45 p.m. in the eastbound lane, about 1.5 miles east of Perry. Chevez-Enamorado, who was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, where he was listed in fair condition on Thursday.

Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Dan McCollum said Chevez-Enamorado told him he had just passed a rock hauler before the crash. Investigators believe the rock — an estimated 1.5 times the size of a fist — fell from the rock hauler without that driver’s knowledge.

Comments

gccs14r 2 years, 9 months ago

Maybe commercial windshields should be made of stronger material that can withstand projectiles.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

gccs14r, this was a large rock! Not for sure, but it was likely someone's idea of a very sick joke.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

Actually, it's lucky he didn't wipe out a whole family or a school bus full of kids, considering that his truck went to the left across the highway after someone's very sick idea of a "joke".

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

But, it is possible that it was an accident of some type. However, that is not very likely.

Clickker 2 years, 9 months ago

Not sure it was malicious. The article doesnt say if the rock fell from a truck in front or passing, or if the rock was somehow dropped from an overpass.

RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

No overpass in that area but one possibility is a large rock came free from being wedged between the dual tires of another vehicle. I have witnessed this on occasion, mostly from construction based trucks/trailers. Hoping for a full recovery for the driver.

Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

If you folks want to speculate on the source of the rock, take a hint: " The accident report Thursday morning lists a second semitrailer was somehow involved." Wouldn't be tjhe first time a large piece of gravel fell off a load of rock being hauled by a truck and hurrt someone. I have seen it happen before, and therefore always avoid following a truck loaded with gravel.

gccs14r 2 years, 9 months ago

Armored truck glass laid back at an angle would deflect most objects that are likely to hit it, even cinder blocks. Even if it made a windshield cost several thousand dollars, it's still cheaper than a wreck and way better than a fatality.

RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

"Even if it made a windshield cost several thousand dollars, it's still cheaper than a wreck and way better than a fatality."

With "bulletproof" glass in sizes to fit trucks ranging in price from $3,400 to $12,000, (curved or flat also enters into the equation) and with 16 million trucks on US highways, you may be talking hundreds of billions of dollars to prevent a few accidents/injuries/deaths per year. As harsh as it seems, truck manufacturers, insurance companies and employers would never justify the cost when safe driving habits could prevent most of these incidents. We don't know the details of where this rock came from but why stop with trucks? I feel I (and others) are worth protecting to the same degree as drivers of trucks. If the same technology were applied to the 260 million cars on American roads we would be talking trillions of dollars. Standard windshield glass weighs 2.4 lbs/sq.ft. Bulletproof glass weighs upwards of 9 to 10 lbs/sq.ft. Every 100 lbs. added to your vehicle decreases fuel mileage by 1/10 mpg or more, increasing the cost of your car exponentially for the duration of it's driven lifetime.

Sorry gccs14r but I don't see it as an option. We could all go "Prepper" and do for ourselves what we think will keep us safe. But like the preppers, we will probably meet our fate by that one thing we didn't think would happen.

gccs14r 2 years, 9 months ago

Most drivers aren't on the road as many hours/miles as truck drivers are, so while the odds of an event occurring per mile driven are probably similar, the odds per day are much lower for the rest of us. Also, by nature of the mass involved, the potential carnage from a truck wreck is much higher, so the cost is easier to justify. They should probably have drift control and auto-stop, too. The expenses would be made up in lower insurance costs.

Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

Lets all drive vehicles built like tanks and require everyone, including passengers, to wear full head helmets. Not a big deal. We'd save money in insurance costs.

And while we are at it, lets require all citizens to wear bullet proof vests. You never know when a stray one has your name on it.

Stuart Sweeney 2 years, 9 months ago

Did this rock come from one of those truck that have a sign saying Not Responsible for Accidents Stay Back 300 Feet--even if we kill someone?

windjammer 2 years, 9 months ago

Those signs are BS the truck is responsible for any projectile from the load of his truck or any parts from his truck. The only one he is not liable for is rocks that kick up up from the road surface that go through your windshield or damage your car.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 9 months ago

Payout is not automatic, proof will be required. Of course before that, you and other witnesses will need to be able to positively identify the truck that is now 50 miles on down the road, and continuing onward at highway speeds.

The freight carrier's insurance carrier's insurance company will fight a case like that tooth and nail, and the trial may last for a few years.

And, a counter suit against you is a distinct possibility.

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