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I spoke with Mississippi Highway Patrol, Sgt. Mike Cain this morning for an update regarding the accident between Bob Skelding and a semi-tractor trailer.On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at approximately 11:27am/EST, Wagon Teamster, Bob Skelding, was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 45 toward Meridian, Mississippi.Visibility on this two-lane country road was good, under a partly cloudy sky. For reasons yet to be determined, the semi overtook Bob's and struck the back of his wagon at full speed; estimated to be between 65-70 miles per hour.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/11/Dolly_By_Post_PA.JPGDolly - Wagonteamster.comThe impact of the semi totally destroyed the wagon and ejected Mr. Skelding clear of the vehicle; however, two of his Percheron horses, reportedly Doc and Dolly were killed upon impact. The two other Percheron horses, Joyce and DeDee are being cared for by local veterinarian, and are expected to recover.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Feb/11/Joyce_In_Garden_PA.JPGJoyce - Wagonteamster.comBob was taken, by ambulance, to Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi where he underwent surgery to repair undetermined internal injuries. Bob is expected to recover and is currently in the Rush Hospital ICU; standard procedure for this type of injury, according to Sgt. Cain.Bob's website has been flooded with posts of support, prayers, and well-wishes from all across the nation, as it seems the journey of a man taking life one day at a time brings all of us to the roadside to cheer him on. And there is a host us standing alongside Bob with our hearts and hands raised in chorus for healing and hope for Mr. Bob Skelding; Wagon Teamster.

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Alia Ahmed 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Charles and Multi, for the updates. I'm glad he seems to be improving. If the two semi were side by side cresting a hill, does that mean one of the semis was passing the other one going up a hill? Wow, that sounds like an accident waiting to happen no matter whether the other vehicle was a wagon, a school bus or another semi.

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Alia Ahmed 5 years, 5 months ago

p>Huffingtonpost.com actually has picked up the AP release of this story.

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Charles Edwards 5 years, 5 months ago

Thanks for the update MD;As for the situation regarding the accident, I have heard speculative comments regarding causal reasons; however, when I spoke to MHP Sgt. Cain this morning, the 'official' report had not been released by the investigative MHP officer as of 10AM.I hope to have the 'scoop' in full. Several blogs are reporting that two trucks (of unknown size or type) pulled into the oncoming lane of this two-lane highway, to pass Bob's wagon, but that the third truck ) did not see or have time to react to the slow moving vehicle.There is a lot of speculation at this time as to culpability, but I will post more once I get an official MHP report in my hands.Sgt. Cain did say, unequivocally, that Bob was not in violation of any Mississippi vehicle code at the time he was driving his team in the traffic lane.More to come.Peace,

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