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Old January 21st, 2008, 01:26 PM
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Jeep Vrs Tree

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Old January 21st, 2008, 01:29 PM
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My god! That's a well placed tree. Wonder how fast he was going?
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Old January 21st, 2008, 07:38 PM
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he should have bought a defender. he would have gone up and rover that tree instead
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 02:46 AM
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I read a write-up about the incident on another forum. He was apparently going slow and caught the branch just right. There were pics of the injured driver somewhere. He was pretty bruised up and sore, but otherwise OK. A little faster and he would have been impaled.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:12 AM
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Yeah, impaled in a really bad spot. It's wierd though. The hole kinda looks like it went through plastic. I don't see any bent metal bits.
Edit: I see metal now, just past the pedals as viewed from the drivers door.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 09:17 AM
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I read that he was going 10-15 mph. Lucky shot for the tree. I guess lucky for the driver too...
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:58 AM
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His feet are going to be cold this winter! I guess he is lucky to still have legs and feet!
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:56 AM
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That could have been a lot worse. Reminds me of those accident pics they would show in drivers ed. We got to see some involving a high speed narcotic-induced chase and an interstate construction site piled up with rebar. The Jeep owner is lucky to be concerned only with a hole in his floor panel.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:09 PM
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The Jeep owner is lucky to be concerned only with a hole in his floor panel.
He was fairly seriously injured.

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As you can see in the pics, i have some damage to my torso ( my " boys " also took a hard shot and are swollen to 3 times normal size and are dark purple ). There was internal bleeding that stopped on it's own without surgery, and i have damage to my kidney and bowel that require another visit to the trauma Doctor.
The tree was apparently longer than shown in the pics. They had to break it off to get the guy out.....

Ah here....http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=503664
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:23 PM
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He was fairly seriously injured.



The tree was apparently longer than shown in the pics. They had to break it off to get the guy out.....

Sorry to hear that.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 04:33 PM
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His feet are going to be cold this winter! I guess he is lucky to still have legs and feet!
his feet aren't the only thing that'll be cold!! Is there a draft in here?
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... would it have been so hard to drive around the tree?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 07:33 PM
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... would it have been so hard to drive around the tree?
I think you could chalk this up to natural selection - not dumb enough to end up on the "darwin list" but not bright enough to drive around an obstruction on the road - and consequentially getting whacked in the testes ... Sort of a wake up call or second chance.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 11:41 AM
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Ah to be perfect like you guys. I'm sure you've never accidentally run over something off road....
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Ah to be perfect like you guys. I'm sure you've never accidentally run over something off road....
that's a pretty damn large branch to just accidentally run over at 15 MPH...
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 01:04 PM
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There was a guy in college who ran over a box spring from a bed with his Bronco. The springs snagged throughout the undercarriage. That was stupid.

I don't get the feeling the Jeep guy was doing anything terribly wrong. From his write-up it sounded like the tire grabbed the tree and fed it right in. I mean really, what's the point of ever going off-road if total accident avoidance is top priority. Maybe he could have lowered his speed, but we weren't there to see. If something was done wrong, I imagine he has thought about it considerably since then.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Seems to happen often:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=520463
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 03:18 PM
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I do not remember which Camel Trophy it was, but there was one where a Discovery hit a branch that went through the front window, passenger side. The passenger just got out moments ago for some reason. If he had been there it would have impaled him.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I am by no means perfect, but Not to be a wiener - just do a post mortum analysis on this accident using just one picture. I attached the pic posted on the other site. (it appears to be taken at the site of the accident ). It is pretty clear - #1 this is a pine tree with an 8" to 10" diameter trunk . (not a sapling) #2 It is probably quite heavy (still full of moisture) #3 The position of the fallen tree is clearly off the side of the road - (not in the main tracks of the through fare). The tip of the tree may likely have been near the edge of the main through fare. #4 You can see that his rig is not centered in the road and that his left front wheel is further offroad than the fallen tree. #5 It appears that to avoid hitting this tree all he would have had to do is drive straight on the embedded double tacks on the road.

Only the driver himself can answer how it happened - was he attempting to drive up onto the fallen tree for some fun?, or too distracted to pay attention where his truck was pointed while moving 15 miles an hour?

Sometimes depth perception is a tough thing to second guess. I have driven on narrow trails where branches of trees have fallen into precarious positions and stuck out into the roadway and I have almost hit a rouge branch ar two myself. I would just have to call this a "jeep thing".
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Mundo Maya maybe? I remember it was Team Italy (I believe).
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