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Last night I had the scariest experience of my life. I was driving home from the office around 10 o'clock at night with my wife behind me when I saw some flashing lights ahead. Just a couple farmers in tractors. I passed the first tractor without any issue. Then I passed the second tractor also no problem. Then right as I passed the second tractor I saw a third tractor crossing over a bridge pulling a farm implement that was covering 2/3 of the road! I knew I could not get over any more or I would go over the bridge. I also knew that I was not going to be able to stop in time. I got as far over as I could and hit my brakes. I saw a metal bar sticking out right about head level coming at me. I grasped the steering wheel tight, closed my eyes, and braced for impact. Then there was an explosion followed by glass shattering all over my face. I thought this was the end. As the car screeched to a halt I opened my eyes surprised that I was still alive. I got out to inspect the damage. One bar just barely scratched through the side of the car and the other cut through my driver side window, both no more than 6 inches from my body. Had I been 6 more inches over in either direction and I would've either missed it entirely or been dead. I feel the worst for my wife. She was behind me and saw the whole thing. She said when she pulled up beside my car sitting there in the middle of the road she was sure I was dead. She was afraid of what she was going to see when she looked in. She is still very shaken up. I'm just grateful to be alive.

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so glad to hear you are ok. We have a number of farm equipment on the road here too, but just as scary is the texters/cell phone users: they truly appear not engaged or drunk

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Good to hear you are ok... pretty scary reading the lines of your story! Stay in good health!

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Wow, life is precious. Too often it takes such events to remind us all. Somebody looking down on you yesterday. Stay safe, and count your lucky stars.

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Colby- Very scary. Driving at night is about 12 times as dangerous as driving during the day and what happened to you demonstrates that. Glad you are ok and it looks like the damage to the 456 is all manageable. Slow moving vehicles at night are a real hazard, especially since many of them are not properly lighted.

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Wow what a scary story! You must have an angel guard to get out this situation without a scratch! Agreed, at night, such vehicules are very dangerous. Good you're safe.
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Holy Crap Colby!

Happy to hear it ended a lot better than expected - think you deserve the winning lottery ticket!
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Another very frustrating aspect of this story was what followed. After my wife pulled up to me and asked if I was ok, I looked back and realized the farmer was leaving! I told my wife to go get him (I figured he didn't know that he had hit me). So she turned around and flagged down the farmer. She gets out and tells the farmer "you just hit my husband" and his response was "No I didn't, he hit me!" The farmer knew what had happened, but kept on going! What if I had been killed? When the county sheriff arrived, the situation wasn't much prettier. Being an agricultural community, the sheriff was definitely pro-farmer. When I told him they farmer was way down there (about 1/2 mile away) he said "that's not 'way down there, its just down the street." 1/2 mile for a tractor going 10 miles an hour that just hit a car is "way down there" in my eyes. Of course he denied ever saying that to my wife, so the police did nothing. Then the police started asking me if I was from the city because "around here when we see a tractor coming we know to slow down and get over". I did slow down and get over, any more over and I would have been off the bridge. I checked Indiana statute and there is no right-of-way for tractors, they must operate their machinery in such a way as to not unreasonably obstruct traffic. I can respect the notion that oncoming traffic must proceed with caution, but the farmer also has to make sure he can safely cross that bridge without jeopardizing the lives of others. He could have had an escort stopping traffic in tight locations; the other tractors could have radio'ed back to him that traffic was coming and to let us pass before entering the bridge; he could have had lights or flashers warning of the implement that was hanging out into my lane.

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That sucks man, glad youre ok. You should contact a lawyer and get the farmers insurance to pay if possible.
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So they are putting my car back together and ran into a snag. Ricambi has the right side mirror for $1900 but the website says the left is superceded. So my shopbl called Ricambi and the driver side mirror is $4500!!! They have to get my insurance approval first. Anyone know of where I could find a used one?

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Only found this thread now. It was scary reading it, let alone experiencing it. Very glad you're OK Colby. Hope you have recovered from the shock by now, although the price of the LHD mirror will have given you a second shock. Sorry I can't help you on the US addresses for mirrors, but I could ask my specialist in the Netherlands if he knows something. Shipping it should be cheap I think.


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So they are putting my car back together and ran into a snag. Ricambi has the right side mirror for $1900 but the website says the left is superceded. So my shopbl called Ricambi and the driver side mirror is $4500!!! They have to get my insurance approval first. Anyone know of where I could find a used one?

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First time I also saw this thread. I am really glad to hear you were OK.

On a different note. Anyone want to go into the mirror manufacturing business?
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So they are putting my car back together and ran into a snag. Ricambi has the right side mirror for $1900 but the website says the left is superceded. So my shopbl called Ricambi and the driver side mirror is $4500!!! They have to get my insurance approval first. Anyone know of where I could find a used one?

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Horrible story. Glad you are ok, Where you able to take any pictures of the tractor and bridge?
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Yeah, got photos of both. Of course the farmers insurance is dragging their feet.

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Colby,

Well, I am glad to hear that you are alive and missing no limbs. Disappointing to hear how it went down
and how the Farmer handled himself. I would say that one of my biggest pet piffs is when people make a
mistake and can't simply step up take responsibility. I mean, we all make a mistake now and then. Accidents
do happen.

I am very aprticular about where I drive. More so where I park and where I leave my machines. It becomes
increasingly annoying to park your vehicle parfectly in a space and come out to find that some prick, backed into you or someone is sitting or leaning or touching.

I was sitting at a Starbucks, some little brat pulls in blasting his music in a beater. It's fine, hey we were
all young once, but he ships his bleeding door open into my door. I drink coffee at this Starbucks 3 times
a day 7 days a week. Let's leave it at everyone knows me. The guy, walked past me. I stood up, walked over to him and I said are you going to apologize for slamming your door into my car.

Little bastard lied to my face, uh no no I didin't. I turned and said I and three other people watched you.
You were rubbing my door. I walked over, took a picture of the paint transfer and his tone got grim real
quick. I told him, is it really hard to own up? Is it that hard to just be look, I am sorry I made a mistake
and confront the issue. It's not that hard. But apparently for this kid it was.

I ended up letting him off, my issue is that people think that can pullshit because you have it, and so
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First time I saw this thread.

So glad to hear your OK.

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