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You’ll see this level of pure Doom sometimes on the Merritt / Wilbur Cross parkways. People drive moving vans, freight trucks and buses up there and get caught in the low bridges. Automatic 2-3 hours of traffic.
 

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You’ll see this level of pure Doom sometimes on the Merritt / Wilbur Cross parkways. People drive moving vans, freight trucks and buses up there and get caught in the low bridges. Automatic 2-3 hours of traffic.
I had a case many years ago where I was defending an "escort" company. No, not that type of escort, you pigs--the type you hire to accompany a truck that is shipping an oversized load, like a fire truck on a flat bed. The escort goes ahead of the oversized load and makes sure that there is enough clearance on all the roadways, including overhead wires, etc. Well, something went wrong on this trip because the load ended up getting caught on and snapping an overhead electrical wire, just at the same time that some poor soul was exiting a nearby package store. It was literally his pay day, and he had just cashed his paycheck and went to the package store to pick up some booze and start his weekend off right. When the wire snapped it did so violently, and it ended up lassoing around this guy's neck as he was walking from the store to his car, lifting him up off the ground and throwing him several feet in the air. They had to call in Life Star to bring the guy to the hospital by helicopter and he ended up with permanent damage to his neck and throat, among other things, so he sued everyone: the trucking company, the escort company, the utility that owned the pole and the utility that owned the wire that snapped.

Learned a lot about clearances in that case; forget it all since, but I'll never forget the mental image of that poor dude getting lasooed on payday as he exited the package store. Talk about a bad day...
 

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I had a case many years ago where I was defending an "escort" company. No, not that type of escort, you pigs--the type you hire to accompany a truck that is shipping an oversized load, like a fire truck on a flat bed. The escort goes ahead of the oversized load and makes sure that there is enough clearance on all the roadways, including overhead wires, etc. Well, something went wrong on this trip because the load ended up getting caught on and snapping an overhead electrical wire, just at the same time that some poor soul was exiting a nearby package store. It was literally his pay day, and he had just cashed his paycheck and went to the package store to pick up some booze and start his weekend off right. When the wire snapped it did so violently, and it ended up lassoing around this guy's neck as he was walking from the store to his car, lifting him up off the ground and throwing him several feet in the air. They had to call in Life Star to bring the guy to the hospital by helicopter and he ended up with permanent damage to his neck and throat, among other things, so he sued everyone: the trucking company, the escort company, the utility that owned the pole and the utility that owned the wire that snapped.

Learned a lot about clearances in that case; forget it all since, but I'll never forget the mental image of that poor dude getting lasooed on payday as he exited the package store. Talk about a bad day...
I never knew those escort trucks were a separate operation.
 

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I had a case many years ago where I was defending an "escort" company. No, not that type of escort, you pigs--the type you hire to accompany a truck that is shipping an oversized load, like a fire truck on a flat bed. The escort goes ahead of the oversized load and makes sure that there is enough clearance on all the roadways, including overhead wires, etc. Well, something went wrong on this trip because the load ended up getting caught on and snapping an overhead electrical wire, just at the same time that some poor soul was exiting a nearby package store. It was literally his pay day, and he had just cashed his paycheck and went to the package store to pick up some booze and start his weekend off right. When the wire snapped it did so violently, and it ended up lassoing around this guy's neck as he was walking from the store to his car, lifting him up off the ground and throwing him several feet in the air. They had to call in Life Star to bring the guy to the hospital by helicopter and he ended up with permanent damage to his neck and throat, among other things, so he sued everyone: the trucking company, the escort company, the utility that owned the pole and the utility that owned the wire that snapped.

Learned a lot about clearances in that case; forget it all since, but I'll never forget the mental image of that poor dude getting lasooed on payday as he exited the package store. Talk about a bad day...
We know a thing or two, because we've seen a thing or two.
 
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I had a case many years ago where I was defending an "escort" company. No, not that type of escort, you pigs--the type you hire to accompany a truck that is shipping an oversized load, like a fire truck on a flat bed. The escort goes ahead of the oversized load and makes sure that there is enough clearance on all the roadways, including overhead wires, etc. Well, something went wrong on this trip because the load ended up getting caught on and snapping an overhead electrical wire, just at the same time that some poor soul was exiting a nearby package store. It was literally his pay day, and he had just cashed his paycheck and went to the package store to pick up some booze and start his weekend off right. When the wire snapped it did so violently, and it ended up lassoing around this guy's neck as he was walking from the store to his car, lifting him up off the ground and throwing him several feet in the air. They had to call in Life Star to bring the guy to the hospital by helicopter and he ended up with permanent damage to his neck and throat, among other things, so he sued everyone: the trucking company, the escort company, the utility that owned the pole and the utility that owned the wire that snapped.

Learned a lot about clearances in that case; forget it all since, but I'll never forget the mental image of that poor dude getting lasooed on payday as he exited the package store. Talk about a bad day...
how much was the poor soul awarded?
 

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how much was the poor soul awarded?
It was settled at a mediation. I’m sure it was confidential but I honestly have no recollection of the amount. It was at least 20 years ago.
 
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Talk about a bad day...
IDK man - we're talking about the kind of guy who runs to the liquor store on pay day.

Sounds like the best day of his life - if he got the kind of money I think he probably got.
 
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