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Old 02-16-2012, 07:02 PM   #101
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Totally a couple of vehicles, been shot at, had a knife pulled on me in a fight, had a shotgun in my face when I was a bouncer.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #102
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Junior in high school day before deer season ,in a hurry to get home to go hunting, ran a stop sign on my Honda 350 motorcycle t boned a 59 4 door chevy hit in rear door vaulted over car at 60mph landed on crub with head no helment, needless to say i did not deer hunt that year. They totaled the car.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #103
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http://www.statesman.com/news/local/...y-1465261.html

Have had two very close calls with drunk drivers while on duty. One blew a stop sign without slowing a bit. Luckily I was doubled up that night and my partner screamed and I instinctively hit my brakes.

Had another drunk going the wrong way on Ben White. I was going 100+ enrote to a hot call. I looked to my computer screen to get updates in the call and caught white light in my peripheral vision. I looked up and we we're passing within inches. Sucked that entire seat up into my butt. Another officer behind me got him stopped and hauled to jail.

1995 in Biloxi I was working on the casino's. I had a hydraulic cylinder fall from the top of a crane. I was standing in the sand and heard and felt a thump. The cylinder was several hundred lbs, fell from about 80 feet and landed about 10 feet away.

Have another that I have to keep to myself. No offense.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:17 PM   #104
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In 1996 I was 7 years old jumping cinder block and ply wood ramps on my bicycle. I figured I would get a longer running start then I had ever had before.i was pedaling faster than ever, hit the ramp, ramp fell apart. Back of my head came down on the end of the handle bar (no helmet of course), at the time i didn't think that it was that big of a deal, walked back to the house dad loaded me up and took me to MCA. My dad tells me that I scared the life out of him when we got to the hospital the reg lady was taking info when I started dry heaving, dad took me to the bathroom where I puked a few times then went completely limp and unresponsive. dad rushed back out where they took me straight back, the handle bars had pierced my skull and gone thru two of the three layers of membrane that surround your brain, one layer farther and I would more than likely not be here today. during surgery they had to dig rocks out of my head, they're in a pill bottle somewhere around here.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:27 PM   #105
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A few years ago we were first in Ladder on a working fire, chief ordered us to vent the roof. When I got to the ladder set by one of the guys the other showed up without the saw. This is when the ball started down hill. I put my maul in the middle of his chest and informed him he would use it. I didn't see time to return to the truck for the saw. While following him up the ladder and across the roof all I could do was dwell on his mistake and prep the chewing he was about to recieve. Half way to where he was cutting the roof gave under my feet. I will never forget what a hell that attic looked like. Fortunatly at almost an instant the attic door I fell on opened up and I fell through to the floor. I fell in the middle of the three guys on our Engine who were staring at me going "WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?!?!??!?" I quickly stated the roof help me up! I have learned and changed alot about my temper since that incident...

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #106
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1982, I-70 near Greenfield IN. Rolled and flipped a Subaru wagon three plus times. Came out the windowshield and the Subaru rolled over my head. Broke collar bone and eye socket. In hospital for 16 days. Touch and go for the first 5 days. Lost a bunch of blood, enough to have a really nice green spot of grass where I laid. No surgeries to repair anything, just answer to prayers. Some say I am a changed man. Some say I'm still not normal.

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:30 PM   #107
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #108
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Afghanistan, 2004. It is still difficult to put words to it.
I had the same problem for years after my experience! I thought to myself for years, "think about the men and women who defend our country and have had bombs, bullets and who knows what all slammed at um"!!! Thanks for your service and I'm glad you are still with us!!!

Wes122984 I would be glad to! Took many years to talk about. When I went back to college I wrote a paper in my Comp class that was called " The Day I Touched Heaven" Someday let's get together. I think at times now that I should be sharing my experience with people that doubt it exist!! I have first hand experience!
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:59 PM   #109
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Have had a couple. Rear tire blow out going 70mph on the Will Rogers Turnpike on a Honda Goldwing, nice little ambulance ride on that one. Got into a scrap in college, me and 2 other buddies against 7 guys with some baseball bats and a shotgun. We were lucky to get out of that one with some bruises and staples. Some Jim Beam and Hydrocodone almost got me one time..never again. This is one of the cooler threads I have read on here in a while...not that we have all almost died but there are some good stories out there, make for good reading. Everyone try to stay alive por favor!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:12 PM   #110
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210 bridge in Lake Charles in Dec of 80, a lady hit the railing and I stopped to help, got her out of the car and was standing between our cars. Something told me to move, we walked in front of her car and when I turned around a car hit mine and pushed it into hers. The time it took to walk the length of a car was what saved our lives.The impact was so severe it broke the car frame of my car. I give God the glory every time I think about it. To God be the glory.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:17 PM   #111
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Crazy stories
I've had some severe asthma attacks. When I was 12 I was having trouble breathing. My parents said I walked down the hall with blue lips and was completly incoherent. When I came to ems was placing an oxygen mask on me. I didn't know what was going on and tried to fight em off. Spent a few days in the hospital.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:36 PM   #112
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Almost died a few times. The two that come to mind. A stand off with a drunk with a shotgun in my front yard when I was 17yrs old living with my Mom. Second was falling out of a boat in 8ft seas 35miles offshore and nobody knew it for a good bit.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:38 PM   #113
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:40 PM   #114
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One night, at the age of 45, I became bored and began counting the near death experiences that I had survived from early childhood to that day. The total amounted to 23 times. Since that night I've added two more incidents, one of which was a major heart attack in 2007, that required 3 bypasses. (the docs said that each time they began each of the bypasses, they had to stop my heart. Does that count as having died 3 times??) Now at the age of 63, I am of the mind that each day represents another day closer to a certain death, at some point in time.
Oh by the way, 25 yrs of my life was spent as a police officer. During this time I saw too many instances wherein peoples lives had been ended in the blink of an eye. This, and my own personal near death encounters has resulted in my thanking the Almighty daily for every preciouse moment he has giving me on this earth and I attempt to stay prepared for his call at time of his choosing. So, everone should always appreciate, no matter how rough or bleak things may seem, every moment of every day, until the time comes for your number to be called. C'ya
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:34 PM   #115
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In '02 I got sick with a Pancreatic infection. I'd had some "attacks" that were not caught by my HMO even though I was in extreme pain. Finally at 0200 one Sat. morning I had the wife load the kids and me in the van had head for the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto Ca. and even on the way I was asking if there was some place closer. I was hurting.

It's about dawn and we circle the place looking for a marked ER and can't find one. In desperation we find some place to park and Linda takes the boy inside to look for help. After she comes back with a wheelchair for me I see an admitting nurse and was taken to ICU where I spent the next 10 weeks.

During this time I lost 70 pounds, my kidneys shut down, I had a pulmonary embolism and adult respiratory distress syndrome (Google it). I had a treak and was on a vent. the whole time and had a Defibrillator used 3 times I'm told. With the drugs they had me on it was like a ten week nightmare that I could not wake up from.

After 4 months in the hospital I went home in a wheelchair and it was over 2 years before I could work. We had a "hospital bed" in the living room for me.

During that time my family was helped by fellow bow hunters. One from this site and some from another. It made a huge difference! We got some cash, meat and even hunting videos for me to watch. So if you wonder why some Ca. guy donates when when a Texan needs help, (the couple that needs a car) I'm just trying to pay it back.

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #116
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I finally got caught up reading all these posts. A LOT of y'all had the good Lord watching over you, or you wouldn't still be here.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #117
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #118
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I had a horse go down with me running full tilt, I ended up underneath him. Broke my tibia and collar bone and hurt my neck. I think I came really close to breaking my neck. That was in '91 and my neck is still jacked up.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:22 PM   #119
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First and foremost thanks God for looking out for us. I want to thank all you veterns out there. Thanks for our freedom that alot of people take for ganted. Without you, the USA would be a much different place.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:24 AM   #120
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I hate Beaumont, and try to avoid it at all costs! Graduated from Ozen HS when it was re-opened. I remember something about the cop that got hit on Major. When was that?
dont recall the actual date it was between 88 and 93,, i was in the traffic division with the other officer when it happened
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:00 AM   #121
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Im just getting back to reading the replies on this thread. There are some very blessed folks here!!!
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:02 AM   #122
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I think the message here is that life is fragile and fleeting.

It can be over in the blink of the eye.

Please be careful so you can live a long life and died old and happy.

The creator only promises you this moment.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #123
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #124
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Bacterial Meningitis -1980 - Spent a month in the hospital.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #125
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Fell off a windmill when I was 13.. compound fracture of my left arm at the elbow... sprained my pelvis... bruised my kidneys and got blood clots in my lungs...
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #126
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Thursday February 16 2012. I was loading a toilet in my dump trailer it cracked and severed my artery and some tendons in my wrist. Put pressure on my wrist while The homeowner called 911. The fire dept was there in about 2 mins. Went to Harris hospital in Fort Worth and was in surgery for 4 hours Thursday night. Scary day.
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #127
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A few years ago we were first in Ladder on a working fire, chief ordered us to vent the roof. When I got to the ladder set by one of the guys the other showed up without the saw. This is when the ball started down hill. I put my maul in the middle of his chest and informed him he would use it. I didn't see time to return to the truck for the saw. While following him up the ladder and across the roof all I could do was dwell on his mistake and prep the chewing he was about to recieve. Half way to where he was cutting the roof gave under my feet. I will never forget what a hell that attic looked like. Fortunatly at almost an instant the attic door I fell on opened up and I fell through to the floor. I fell in the middle of the three guys on our Engine who were staring at me going "WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?!?!??!?" I quickly stated the roof help me up! I have learned and changed alot about my temper since that incident...
Dang, that is close! Being assigned to the truck I know first hand how easy it is to become complacent when going up to vent. Stay safe, brother
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:31 PM   #128
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a pistol pointed at me at close range by an angry boyfriend of a lady I was.........
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:31 PM   #129
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I think the message here is that life is fragile and fleeting.

It can be over in the blink of the eye.

Please be careful so you can live a long life and died old and happy.

The creator only promises you this moment.
I do believe you have hit the nail on the head. We will all die someday, just a matter of when. Just use your head and make it later rather than sooner please!

I can't count how many close calls I have had but fortunately none have ended with serious injuries. Thank God.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:11 PM   #130
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Same scenario as Froggy, Phdan, Dustoff and Splitfinger.
Viet Nam. Question is which time?
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #131
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I have had several incidents where things could have ended much worse than they did but I think the one that scared me the most happened in 2003.

I was driving east on Hwy 79 to work in Rockdale one morning and was doing the speed limit of 70 mph and met an 18 wheeler headed west at presumably the same speed. As the rear end of the trailer passed me I noticed something coming through the air toward my vehicle. I straightened up in my seat in a shocked and confused reaction trying to figure out what it was as I heard a loud noise that sounded like an explosion. Apparently I had closed my eyes because I remember opening them and it seemed like there was smoke in the cab of my truck but that turned out to be the glass dust from the hole that had been punched in my windshield. I pulled off to the side of the road and that was when I first realized the pain in my jaw. I looked around my truck and couldn't see what had caused the hole in my windshield so I got and went around to the passenger side and opened the door and noticed the tint chipped on that window then found the bolt in the picture below in between the door and the seat.

By this time my jaw really hurt so I got in the truck to tell my boss I was going to get some x-rays because this think just came through my windshield and hit me in the face (and showed him the bolt). I told the story of what happened to 2 different nurses, a city cop, a Trooper (happened outside city limits), the Critical Air crew that was stationed at the hospital because they saw the truck in the parking lot with hole in the windshield, the tele-doctor and finally the x-ray tech. The seriousness of what jsut happened didn't hit me until the they finally found the little scratch on my chin (underneath my goatee) and the x-ray tech told me if it was an inch higher it would have hit me square in the mouth and an inch lower and it would have hit me in the neck near my trachea.

I walked away from that with a little scratch on my chin and a sore jaw for a couple days and a new fear of meeting 18 wheelers on the road. The bolt was rusted all the way around so we think his tires just picked it up off the road but I flinched for years when I would meet an 18 wheeler, especially gravel haulers since that was the kind I met.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:09 AM   #132
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When I was 10 I was riding my four wheeler down the side of a hill. Hit a washout in the road and it turned my wheels and rolled about 200yds. Came to and the four wheeler was on top of me and the fuel tank had cracked and I was covered in gas. Lucky for me my grandpa was grating roads that day and found me 15 min later. If there had been a spark I'm positive I would have been stuck and burned to death. Sometime during the roll my head hit a rock and took 18 stitches to close.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:03 AM   #133
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It was in Vietmam about 1965 or so. Exactly what happened I ain't got a clue (rockets, artillery, it's all the same). A couple guys got it, and a few of us didn't. I got some shrapnel in an unmentionable place but came out of it just fine. I can still make babies. Things happen so fast all you have for memories is the highlights. Not a big deal, it is what it is. In the words of a past CO, Press On.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:43 AM   #134
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Had quite a few close calls, and a lot of very close calls being in the military mostly involving helicopters, getting shot at, and indirect fire...but I don't consider it as close to death, or "almost dying". You either die, or you don't. There is no almost
Ditto.

Funny thing, I was taking Helicopter Underwater Egress Training for the gazillionth time a few months ago. The instructor asked "what is the most dangerous thing on a helicopter?" I answered quickly with out thinking "The pilot"
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:20 PM   #135
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Another close call http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=287428
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #136
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Holey cow, those are some serious stories some of you have.
Jeff that almost happened to me the same way. I was lucky and grabbed the wheel and didn't fall out. Scared the crap out of me.

When I was 16 a guy I know was messing around with a 22 inside of a old cabin we camped in. I heard my best friend say. " man quit waving that thing around" then the other guy said it isn't loaded pointed it at the wall and pulled trigger.
I was outside taking a leak when the bullet went through the wall and across my thigh leaving just a red burn.
Needless to say after that he wasn't waving it around anymore. Couple of my buddies beat the crap out of him lol and took it away.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #137
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September 16th, 2008. Got a little too liberal with the gas on a brush fire and it exploded in my face. Literally. Care flight to Parkland and 4 days in the burn unit. Burned 20% of my body. 3rd degree burns on my face and left hand and 2nd degree on my left and right arm. I missed 6 weeks of work. LUCKILY there was no smoke inhalation involved, and the burn on my left hand didn't circumvent, so I still have full use of both arms, just got a couple scars and some premature sunspots to show for it. My wife took really good care of me since she told me to use diesel and not gas.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:31 PM   #138
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Wow, what a scary thread. Ghostwalker, so sorry for your loss.
Thanks to all those who risked your life serving our great nation.


I was taking my girlfriend home on Loop 410 late one evening when I noticed some headlights shining thru the center median guardrail. Turns out it was a lady going the wrong way in my lane coming at me head on. I almost realized too late as she was really flying. I jerked the truck over to narrowly miss the head on collision and she flew by. Unfortunately, she hit a car a bit behind me and killed 4 people. Very easily could have been us.

A few years later I was walking in downtown Houston back from a late nightcap at the Spindletop with my wife. We were dressed for the theatre and looked like easy chumps. We were parked under the tranquility park garage. Two guys started following us as we were walking the few blocks. Once we got in the garage I grabbed my wife and stuck her in the elevator, pushed the button to send her off, and then turned to face them. I was not sure how this would end and was very scared at the possibilities. They had been hanging behind a few yards and did not realize that I had realized that they were following. I tried to look confident but was trembling inside. Thankfully, once they had lost the element of surprise and I confronted them face to face, they stopped, looked me over, and decided to leave. I was very relieved and was more cautious as to my surroundings after that.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:34 PM   #139
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This was as close as I've come in a while. Last fall going to the deer lease.....

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Old 05-18-2012, 11:37 PM   #140
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When i was in Iraq and some re-re parked a 7ton my plt was in on top of an IED, we lucked out and it didn't detonate. EOD took care of it and said they weren't sure why it didn't go off but we were lucky cause it woulda killed us all. God was watchin out for us that day for sure
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:57 PM   #141
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Had a motorcycle start wobbling on me at about 100. Kept trying to slow it
down and was doing about 55 or 60 when I finally dropped it. The bike
beat me across a bridge, and as I was sliding along the highway I remember
thinking "Is this it? Is this being killed? when I stopped sliding I stood up
and move my arms and legs to see if anything was broken.

I had a lot of road rash, but no injuries.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:08 AM   #142
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:28 AM   #143
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Head on collision with a school bus around a blind corner on an old country road.
No kids involved thank God!
I totaled the bus with an 88' single cab ford ranger
I remember everything up to the impact and the idiot was on my side of the road.
The road banked real hard to the right so I was going pretty fast into the bottom of the bank and I knocked the bus back into his lane (I was going 40 which was the speed limit)
Lights out on impact.
I woke up in a dead sprint down the road (or what I thought was a sprint at the time)
Went back out and smashed the road.
Woke back up on a gurney strapped down from head to toes and couldn't move.
Pretty nasty deal.
Wreck was considered my fault but I was never talked to.
My passenger said the same exact thing I did.
The bus driver failed a drug test, had a warrant for his arrest and a suspended license!

The school said they'd drop suit if I would do the same.
I said cool.
2 years later, I turned 19 and was served with a $40,000 lawsuit....
Bankruptcy soon followed..... Bummer...
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:42 AM   #144
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Was driving home one day 45 south and it started to rain and I mean the kinda of rain where you can't see the road, anyway guy beside me decides to get over and clips the front bumper of my car 95 chevy caliver anyway I do a couple of 180"s and bump my head against the window pretty hard when I stopped spinning I looked up to find myself in the North bound lane with a 18 wheeler coming right at me, I hit the gas and went off into the ditch the big truck missing me by just inches. A few people stopped to check on me and make sure I was ok, when I finally got enough courage in me to drive home I walked in the door and hug my wife and went and held onto my 6month old daughter until I feel asleep. Ever since that day I still get nervous driving in the rain.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:01 AM   #145
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October 26th 2009 Iraq, I was a gunner and our truck was hit with an IED. Hardest thing ever to forget, remember it like it was yesterday.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:22 AM   #146
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On my motorcycle, I t-boned some brawd who pulled out in front of me. No helmet...I woke up on the side of the road thinking am I dead and can I feel my feet, spent a couple days in hospital, but full recovery...Wear your helmet!
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #147
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Just now catching up on the rest of these stories, I'm glad you all are still here to tell them.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:10 PM   #148
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Gettin married to my second wife.



Aw hell. Done posted this. See, i have PTS from it!!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:12 PM   #149
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Well tomorrow will the the 5 year mark from my motorcycle wreck. I thank god every day I made it out alive. I was rolling on about 55 mph on the back wheel, and the video looks like I hit the reflector in the middle of the road. It was all over after that. The bike came on over on me and and then all i can remember is rolling down the highway. Some how i was coherent throughout the entire accident. After I finished rolling down the road I tried standing up and just fell to the ground immediantly. One of my best friends had just got off work and stopped by the fire department to say hello to some friends, and they told him they just recieved a call on a wreck and told him to tag along. Once he arrived on the scene he said his heart just dropped when he found out it was me. I was really lucky to have him there with me through the whole thing. i was careflighted to tyler and went into emerengy surgery. I broke my radius, and ulna. My elbow joint was ground away. Broke my kneew cap in two. Tore my petella tendon.( The knee joint was visible, as well as the elbow.) Broke my ankle. severe road rash. And out of all of this the worst pain was that i seperated my collar bone. Which was never fixed, and still is seperated to this day. I was in a wheelchair for 3 months, and crutches for another 3 months. The best part about all of this is that in october I killed my first deer with my bow. If my doctor knew i was up 25 feet in the air and pulling my bow back with a half broken arm he would had killed me, but that is how much hunting means to me! Not to mention this was a public land deer.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:15 PM   #150
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Mine doesn't compare to any of these but is still the closest to death for me I guess. Open Heart Surgery...and glad to be here to talk about it.
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