thanks fer the well wishes ya'll
I'm thankfull no one was seriously hurt
been ponderin on this --
not really shure what happened -- went inta the transition from NB I-5 to NB SR163 prepared, as always, to encounter stopped traffic on the ramp -- noticed a vehicle w hazards flashin on the gore point, left side, goin in -- I was in the #1 lane decellin when, of a sudden, there was a WHUMP and outta the corner of my eye, I saw Shela fly towards the windshield -- harness saved her -- attempted to brake HARD -- to no effect -- a second WHUMP and rig's nose buried in the rear of a second vehicle --
I've been stewin bout it ever since -- it don't make sense how it happened --
first thing I did was check on status of other drivers -- both women -- no visible injuries but both got transported --
1st vehicle ended up on RS a considerable distance down the road -- second vehicle on LS w rig's nose jammned into it's rear -- possible 3rd vehicle "touched" by second [ no visible damage to either ] stopped a short distance in fronta the second
when help arrived, [ took bout 15 min ] I paced off back *up* the offramp hill lookin at the "trail" to try and decipher if there had been somethin slick on the road surface -- looked like there mighta been -- but then why didn't anyone else slide inta me?
most likely scenario I kin come up w, besides there havin bein spilled coolant from an earlier TC there, is that the first impacted vehicle changed lanes from right to left in fronta me and braked hard, jist as I glanced at-was distracted by the disabled vehicle in the gore point -- cause I *know* I had more then adequate stoppin distance to the second vehicle --
brakes failed on the rig -- pedal to the floor -- discovered when we went to move it to git it onta the rollback tow -- most likely, the first impact broke the hydraulic line at the master cyl when the fender crumpled -- which would explain why I couldn't avoid hittin the second vehicle --
I'm devastated by this --
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