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Just trying to calm down

Discussion in 'Around the Grinder' started by Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    About an hour and a half ago, on the way home from a meeting, I was stuck in traffic where they are re-paving the interstate. It was down to the two right hand lanes from five, and crawling along at 5MPH. There were about 30 flashing lights on the trucks and equipment, two state troopers with the blue lights on, and orange cones every twenty feet....plus stadium size light towers. Suddenly the car in front of me swerved out of the lane, went through the cones, went around a big equipment and lighting truck on the left......and ran right over the man operating the concrete saw. The car hit the Jersey wall , but never hit the brakes. I guess he was tired of waiting in slow traffic. The unattended saw spun around and headed toward me, but hit the car in the next lane instead. I grabbed the phone , and while talking to 911 gave them the details and started to assess the victim. Another man got out of a car and came to help me. He was a Gastroenterologist. We took care of the man while waiting for the ambulance. They had to close the Interstate and bring it up from the opposite direction.The man appeared to have mostly head injuries. I maintained C-stabilization until we handed it off to the paramedics. The State Trooper told the paramedics that we were a doctor and a paramedic ( which I am not). When the paramedics asked for the condition and details, the Doctor nodded at me and said, "He's got this one." Once I gave them his condition and vitals, we put on a C-collar and then I had to deal with the police. All this time the man who was driving where he had no place being was saying, " He stepped right out in front of me."....after two miles of flashing lights, probably thirty or more pieces of construction equipment, and fifty workers in orange striped reflector suits, I can't buy that he had no idea there was any construction going on.

    I feel a little better just typing this. I needed to calm down. When I came home, I had to wash off the blood from my arms before I came inside, or I would have scared my wife to death.

    Please pray for this man. I think he will live, but he is in for a rough night.....all because someone didn't want to wait in slow traffic.
     
  2. ol_sc

    ol_sc

    998
    Sep 12, 2011
    If he lives, he has you to thank. Good thing you were there and knew what to do.
     
  3. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    I will pray for the worker, the fool who hit him, and for you as well.

    Jiminy crickets, that's a heckuva thing to deal with. :eek:
     
  4. Tai Goo

    Tai Goo Banned BANNED

    Apr 7, 2006
    Good job Stacy.
     
  5. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks.
    Nothing in the news this morning. I might have my daughter ( nurse) check the hospital and find out his condition.
     
  6. Bruce Culberson

    Bruce Culberson KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 6, 2007
    Good on you for helping the guy out Stacy. Hopefully he comes out of this OK.
    Also hopefully the SOB that ran him over will learn form his mistakes/poor judgment.

    Beating some orange steel into shape is how I like to calm down.
     
  7. Carl_First_Timer

    Carl_First_Timer

    Dec 6, 2010
    Wow. You're a good man Stacy. I'm glad for the man that you were there.

    Sorry for you having to go through that though.
     
  8. Tait

    Tait

    572
    Sep 26, 2009
    Prayers sent.
     
  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Thanks guys, I appreciate the prayers and concern. I am going to check on the victim's condition today, and will let you know how he is doing. The driver was arrested for DUI.

    I got some good sleep, and have a nice weekend ahead, so I am OK,too.
     
  10. KYenglish

    KYenglish

    Nov 26, 2010
    my thoughts are with you all, thank goodness, you likely helped save a mans life by acting quickly and bravely.
     
  11. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn

    Dec 6, 2009
    If you were on 95, I feel for you man. I've been stuck on that damn stretch of highway from Richmond to DC so many times I shudder just thinking about it. One trip back from Raleigh, NC.
    to PA. took me 16 hours because of the snowfall. Of course Raleigh was just unusually cods and windy with no snow.
     
  12. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    It was on westbound I-64 near Northampton Blvd.

    Update:
    I spoke to Riguel's ( the injured man) mother a little while ago, and he is in fair condition. Since he is in ICU, that is about as good as can be expected. He is conscious now and has along way to go, but should recover. He is speaking, and doesn't remember anything of the accident (Probably due to the propofol).
     
  13. tryppyr

    tryppyr KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 5, 2010
    Well done, Stacy. You're a hero.
     
  14. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 6, 2005
    Excellent job Stacy... way to step up at such a stressful time.
     
  15. shotgunner

    shotgunner

    393
    May 19, 2010
    wow

    just...


    wow
     
  16. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    Stacy, Hats off to you and the Dr for doing all that you did. What you did will hopefully make his recovery that much better. As far as drivers!!! This kind of story makes me sick. I travel around 250 miles a day to from and during work. What you see on the roads these days is just scary. These people with ZERO reguard for others because they are in a hurry and have no patience. First and fore most I hope the victim makes a full recovery. Secondly I hope the driver gets what he deserves and then some.

    -Jim
     
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