It was Canada Day long weekend. I was on my way to Montreal with a second load which I had picked up in Ottawa.
The sun was shinning through puffy clouds that Sunday afternoon as people hastily made their way back home.
I had stopped for a quick pit stop at a truck stop, then headed back out on the highway, happy bladder in tow:-)
Building up speed while still on the on-ramp, I signalled my intention to get onto the highway as a group of cars approached in the travel lanes. Most were in the left lane but one remained in the right lane.
As I watched my mirror to see what this driver would do, I became horrified as he decided a lane change was in order. "There's going to be an accident!!!" I thought. "Theres no room in the left lane!"
The driver in the right lane proceeded to move over into the left lane and in turn, crowded the driver next to him off the highway, oblivious of his existence. This other driver, trying to avoid getting hit, took to the gravel shoulder and grass.
This caused him to lose control and swerve across both eastbound lanes (I'm not sure how this happened without anyone else getting involved as there were several cars) and next thing I knew I had a car under my trailer, just ahead of my trailer tires!
I immediately slowed down as best as I could; all the while trying to be careful about it. Watching him in my mirror, I noticed his car was still sticking out in the right travel lane of the highway!
Being concerned that someone would come along and clip his car, I proceeded to drag him a little further to get him off the highway. "Poor people" I thought as I moved onto the shoulder.
Once stopped, we all gathered to get this man out, assess injuries and call 911. Amazingly, he (being the only person in the vehicle) sustained what appeared to be only a small bump on his forehead and chin.
Giving him some wet wipes and water to drink, we all waited for OPP to arrive.
It was a kaotic affair, trying to gather info and watch for crazy traffic going by! Several times I was instructed to go back to my truck and wait inside as passer-bys' drove "through" the scene of the accident. Yes I said through it!
Finally, in one last attempt to get out and gather names and info, I was informed that the OPP took the driver in for DUI.
A police report was made and after that, we were entertained with the removal of this car from under my trailer, which had to be lifted to pull the car out.
"What an interesting job" I thought. Just like on TV!
That last half a beer or wine chugged down before leaving may be just enough to tip the scale.
It cost this man a nice car, high insurance premiums and who knows, a job and maybe even a relationship. Not worth it in my opinion:-(