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 Post subject: The Wizard of NOS beats the Grim Reaper AGAIN!!!
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:25 pm 
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There’s NO doubt in my mind that I should be DEAD now (AGAIN) but thankfully I’ve once again avoided the Grim Reapers best efforts to bump me off. LOL

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It’s been said before that I’ve used up more lives than a cat (which is true) and as a consequence I felt I’d had my share of life threatening accidents long ago but this last incident has proved that’s not the case.

Accepting that the incident could not have been ‘entirely’ avoided, there is no doubt that the outcome (as bad as it was), was the least worst case outcome and as a consequence, both Janet and I are EXTREMELY LUCKY to have lived to tell the tale, with such RELATIVELY ‘minor’ injuries – bearing in mind that almost any injury could be considered ‘minor’ relative to being dead.

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This latest incident happened as follows;
1) Janet and I were travelling down to a B&B near Gatwick airport on Friday night, to stop overnight for a midday flight to Las Vegas on Saturday.
2) Unfortunately I decided to include a minor detour which took us along the A roads of Lincolnshire.
3) This part of Lincolnshire is all low level flat farm land with single carriageway roads running alongside irrigation dykes (man made rivers), which is worked by EU immigrants.
4) I’d just driven along a long straight section of the A17 (at the speed limit – Janet wouldn’t allow anything more, plus there wasn’t any rush) and was approaching a long, open, sweeping left hand bend and I could see a row of headlights approaching me from the opposite direction.
5) Being on a bend the lights ‘looked’ like they were in a queue on the opposite side of the road (as you’d expect) but as I got further round the bend, it became apparent that one car was ‘trying’ to overtake part or all of the queue – without indicating.
6) For a SPLIT SECOND I waited for him to pull back in to the queue but he showed no sign that he’d even seen me, so I was left with no option but to steer to my near side and into the field to avoid a head on collision.
7) A split second after I’d steered to the left, the other car turned to his right (my left), totally counteracting my efforts to avoid him and putting us back on course for an ALMOST head on impact.
8) Split seconds later we were stationary and both Janet and I were in a great deal of pain.
9) Thanks to the slight misalignment of the impact, some of the destructive force was used turning the Volvo through 90 degrees beached on the road/field side and the VW through 180 degrees, rather than all being directed at Janet and I. We later discovered that this SHORT section of road is the ONLY part for miles and miles that doesn’t have a dyke running alongside it and the Police Officer who attended the scene, said that had that not been the case, we would almost certainly have drowned, as others have done before us elsewhere on the road.
10) The combination of this and the Volvo’s impact resistant design, saved us both from terminal damage to our organs but it wasn’t enough to save us from the serious injuries we did suffer.
11) Both of us suffered a fractured sternum and bruising of our internal organs. In addition to those injuries I also suffered a fractured rib and worst of all (due to already being minus my right leg), I fractured/smashed a number of bones in my left foot, as a consequence of braking at the point of impact.
12) My chest damage was so bad that I had to lay flat on my back for 48 hours, unable to move a muscle without being in extreme pain and even now, both of us find it very hard to move from either a laid down or sat up position.
13) Getting about with one good leg and the other artificial, has been hard enough for the past 36 years but having my good foot smashed and being told I can’t put any weight on it even in a pot, is beyond impossible.
14) No doubt our chest injuries will heal sooner or later but I’m EXTREMELY concerned about how my foot will end up.
15) For now every minute (whether we move or not) is painful to some degree and even tapping the keys for this post has been very painful and as a consequence has taken me most of the day to do, so I won’t be able to do any work for a good while. I’d therefore be very grateful to any and all of you who have and/or will, provide answers to posts on the forum while I recover.

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A few other details; i) The Latvian had only been in the UK THREE days, before ‘thinking’ he was experienced enough in driving on the opposite side of the road and capable enough to make such an insane manoeuvre, ii) He escaped without injury but one of his passengers was in intensive care for a week and had his spleen removed, iii) a 2 yr old child passenger who wasn’t in a child seat or a belt, suffered a fractured skull.

For the record, the cause of this incident was the same as the one that took my leg off, some IDIOT trying to overtake without correctly assessing their ability to do so SAFELY.
Until meeting Janet (approx 15 years ago), I’d have carried out millions of high speed over taking manoeuvres SAFELY, so there’s no need for speed or overtaking to lead to injuries in the right hands. It’s therefore my hope that everyone reading this post will act on the following advice; Unless you are CERTAIN you can complete an over taking manoeuvre SAFELY – DON’T TAKE THE RISK!!!

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A horrific experience Trev, glad you and Janet have come through.
Take your time and hopefully see you both later in the year.
That is definitely another life used up.

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Hi Trev :)

Its GREAT to have you back , and here is hoping for a good and fast recovery for you both :) :) :)

Dont worry about the forum until you are totally ready....the regulars and myself will answer any questions for you.

All the very best to you and Janet :)

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glad you and janet have survived to tell the tale trev,the old saying you never know the moment :? all the very best for a good recovery..

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Glad you made it Trev, all the best to you and Janet for a speedy recovery. Good job Volvos are built like tanks eh? :shock:


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Glad you're both doing ok considering the circumstances, there's no one to fill your shoes so you needed to be spared. :mrgreen:

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Welcome to the flatlands eh? Speedy recovery and best wishes to you both..... Living not far from the A17 its not uncommon, too many foreigners in these parts!!
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Hi Trevor and Janet .......I didn't hear about this one :o



I hope you get better real quick !! :yes: :yes:


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Fucking hell mate, someone was watching over you there!

And you certainly owe your lives to the guys over at volvo who designed that car!
That car really has done its job of protecting you amazingly well, the way the front has crumpled massively to absorb the impact but yet the intrusion into the cabin is so minimal is a miracle of modern science!
Thank **** you were driving a volvo!

Really glad to hear you are ok (or are at least on your way to being soon)


Hope you both have a speedy recovery, and likewise the 2 innocents in the other car, especially the young child, cant believe the person at fault got off totally scot free though, there really is NO justice in this world!


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jeezuz trev im glad you and Janet are ok!! :bow:

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Many thanks for your concerns and your good wishes one and all. The Latvian idiot is being charged with dangerous driving but they don't expect him to stay in the country to face the music, so it looks like he'll get away with no penalty as well as no injuries - JUSTICE anyone!?!?!?!?

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Wow, sorry to hear about that Trev.
Hope you both get well soon, but how does an insomniac get enough sleep to recover?

Surely if he skips he will still be done through the international court?

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just saw the topic and I wish the two a good recovery


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Once again many thanks for the many good wishes that I've received not only on this thread but also via PM's and emails.

After seeing a foot specialist yesterday, it seems I have one of the worst and rarest kinds of fractures (known as a Listfranc fracture), so lucky me. :(

On the up side, 'some' of the pains are subsiding 'a little', so life is 'a little' more tolerable. :yes:

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just googled it trev sounds well nasty :shock:

This type of injury classically occurred when a horseman fell while riding, having trapped his foot in the stirrup or fallen into a drain. At present, such an injury happens typically in activities such as windsurfing (where participants' feet are in foot straps that pass over the metatarsals), or when one steps into a hole and the foot twists heavily. Falling from a height of two or three stories can also cause this fracture. American football players occasionally get this injury, often when they have their foot pointing down and someone lands on their heel.

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Yep that's the one and I wouldn't have minded so much if it had happenned whilst doing something like wind surfing, as I'd have amazed myself by doing that in the first place and at least I'd have had some fun from it beforehand. :(

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you would only put nitrous on it :mrgreen: strange thing trev there was a bbc2 prog a few days ago about car crashers and we were taken to the main safety testing station of volvo,it looked like your model car too and the foot damge in the car at 30mph at a certain angle crash was an eye opener

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I doubt many people would appreciate how high the risk is of suffering damage to your foot/feet in a car. I certainly expected my foot to be safer in a car than a bike and by a much bigger margin than has been the case. :(

Since the accident I've invented a device to prevent such a risk in future and I just hope I get time to make it before I get to drive again and/or I get hit by some incompetent driver again.

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Noswizard wrote:
I doubt many people would appreciate how high the risk is of suffering damage to your foot/feet in a car. I certainly expected my foot to be safer in a car than a bike and by a much bigger margin than has been the case. :(

Since the accident I've invented a device to prevent such a risk in future and I just hope I get time to make it before I get to drive again and/or I get hit by some incompetent driver again.



Hi Trev :)

Purely out of interest.... IF you knew what you know now about the possible foot damage , would you have taken your foot OFF the brake just before the impact ?

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I doubt it Brett for 2 reasons;
1) It's an automatic reaction to stamp on the brakes when an impact is impending.
2) The time involved between applying the brakes and impact was so little that I doubt I could have applied them to any effect and released them before impact.

I'd also rather have a fractured foot than be dead or have more serious internal organ damage, due to not having applied the brakes.

I'd be very surprised if damaging a foot in an accident as I've just done is a rare occurence, so you'd have thought that car manufacturers would have come up with a solution to that by now. :(

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Sounds nasty :(

As posted previously I hope your both ok and recover fully :yes:

I'm sure some cars now have a safety device fitted where the brake pedals are pulled back on impact but I think it's the very top end of cars. I also believe Toyota's (some of them) have a system where the brake pedal is designed to break/collapse on impact for the exact prevention of the injury you sustained. Should trickle down to most cars as they eventually do.

Suprised Volvo's aren't up to speed on this sort of safety device as they spend millions everyday at a special test centre I saw only a few weeks back.


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yippeekiay wrote:
Suprised Volvo's aren't up to speed on this sort of safety device as they spend millions everyday at a special test centre I saw only a few weeks back.

X 2 and I hope they've got it available in the latest models as I'll be buying a new one as soon as I'm able to walk/drive. The sad thing is that the car that was written off was a T5 and it seems they don't offer that high spec. version of the S60 now, so it looks like I may have to go for the TDI version and spam it up a bit with the latest ECU technology and a squirt of nitrous.

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yeah well when you do dont forget to pass on the diesel/nitrous secrets to only me trev :mrgreen:

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