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Well I watched 6 or 7 cars pile up around my Redline today; amazingly my car was directly in the center and didn't even get touched. I don't know what angel was with me, but holy crap.

It was about 3:45, I was going from my home in Hartland to the Wal Mart in Howell to get stuff to make my dad's birthday cake, going west on M59 about 55 mph (there was fairly thick traffic.)

To start things off, a girl 2 cars ahead of me locked up her brakes to avoid hitting the car stopped at the light in front of her; she ended up hitting that car. The Explorer behind her locked up its brakes, slid into that girl. I nailed my brakes and they hauled me down FAST but there were still cars coming at me, so by the time I was almost stopped, I just sort of slowly moved onto the shoulder, about to the bumper of the Explorer.

Then the Saturn SL behind me locked up HIS brakes, the lady behind him in a silver Dodge Dakota followed suit; the Dakota bumped into the SL. However, the jackass in the Mercedes SUV behind her didn't have enough time, and made a dive for the lane to the left of him (into oncoming traffic). What happened next was ridiculous - I watched it all happen, saw all these cars just flying around:

There was a red Trailblazer coming the other way at about 45-50 at the same time Mercedes ass flew into her lane; she swerved, he clipped her back bumper. Trailblazer lady (with her 3 year old daughter in the back seat) tried to get back on track and stop, but skidded, hitting the Dakota in the driver's side rear, and then to hit the girl in the Metro head on, then spun around, and her Blazer tipped over on top of the Metro.

With all of the collisions done, I turned off the Redline, RAN full tilt back to the worst part (the Blazer & the Metro), and see the lady in the Trailblazer standing in her car, and the girl in the Metro bails out of her car, screaming and crying. She said she was ok, but she was holding her neck, so I told her to stay there. The lady in the Trailblazer was unbuckling her daughter, and a former fire fighter was right behind the Metro - he pulled the little girl out of the Blazer's moonroof, handed her to her mom, and went straight for the poor girl in the Metro. He held her head there while I was calling the cops.

5-10 minutes later, 3 state troopers, a fire engine, 2 firefighters in their own cars, and an ambulance showed up. The guy in the Mercedes, who I thought was gone, walked up just then and was like "Is everybody OK? That was crazy!"

Flash back to 20 minutes earlier, when I'd been on the interstate, and a silver Mercedes SUV nearly rear-ended me then flew into the fast lane to pass. SAME GUY. I immediately recognized him - reddish shirt, green hat. So I UNLOADED. "You should be thanking god nobody's dead" this and "way to fucking go, what the **** is wrong with you" that, "You need to watch how you drive". Then one of the Troopers told me to calm down, pulled me over by his cruiser, and I told him the whole thing, because I was the only one who watched exactly what happened.

Everybody seems to be fine; the girl in the Metro went to the hospital, and her fiance showed up a few minutes later. The lady in the Trailblazer's husband showed up, and the kid in the Saturn behind me and the Dakota lady were just sort of watching.

Phew, that's the end of my story.
 

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Good god man, you're a lucky bastard...
 

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Holy Shiat! God bless you my friend. I do believe that someone, or something was there for. It wasn't yours, or anyone else's time. Have a stiff drink and hug everyone around you. Tell them that you love them, and tell them that you have a Saturn. It's all good. Take care. DAMN! :eek:
 

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Given the circumstances, you ought to consider going to either Motor City Casino in MoTown or the Blue Chip Casino in Mich City tonight, before you lose that horseshoe stuck up your posterior... and when you go to bed tonight, thank God for getting you through the day!
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I think its a Saturn thing :p . I was involved in an accident 2 weeks ago. I was driving my wife's Ion 2. I slowed down because the car in from of me braked. Then a ford focus hit me in the rear (brakes locked up). A geo metro hit her in the rear and a Dodge Ram barely missed her. Both the front and bank ends of the Focus was smashed. The front end of the Metro was smashed as well.

Even though we were hit hard, the back end of our car only had some scratches on it. Only $500 worth of property damage, but my wife's neck is all out of wack.
 

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most everybody there was fine; the girl in the Metro that got hit head on was the worst, she was complaining of neck pain and said that her arm was hurting; other than that everybody had nothing wrong. The lady in the Trailblazer & her daughter were fine, just shaken. It was a pretty scary experience.
 

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Did the police issue any citations to the 'cheezwiz' driving the Mercedes?
 

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Oh yeah, when I told the state trooper there exactly what I'd seen, he was upset, he said "as far as I'm concerned, he's responsible for pretty much this whole thing", and then when I added the part about where he'd done nearly the same thing earlier, he seemed really miffed. If the guy had just hit his BRAKES about 90% of the stuff that happened wouldn't have. I'm just extremely glad nobody was very seriously injured or killed; that guy should be counting his lucky stars. It was fairly scary, and not even for the fact that my new car could've been injured, that's nothing if somebody loses their life.
 

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That sounds like it would have been scary as hell. Glad we have one of (if not the) best brakes in our class, and some damn good handling. After a situation like that, driving down that same road, or even gettin in the car can be hard to overcome. Always have that thought in the back of your head it seems. You finding things that way, or no second thoughts about driving again?
 

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the advantage to super brakes you can slow down faster and get out of the way.
 

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As far as never driving again, as soon as the cop said I was good to go I took off; everybody was taken care of as their spouses arrived. (Sorry if the readability of my post is diminished, I am WASTED) It was kind of wierd though cuz I was thinking "jesus what jackass is going to slam into me?"

As far as super brakes, they're sweet on the race track, but in everyday traffic, it's like, "yeah, I can stop in time, but can the guy behind me?" and the answer is generally no.

Over & out
 

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Yea no kidding. I had to "test" our brakes in some nice rain fall. Lets just say from 90km/h to 10km/h takes I'd say around 1.2 seconds (my passenger can vouch). Now as I was "testing" my brakes, the first thought was "holy shit, can the dude behind do this?" and I procceded to change lanes quickley and get on the gas (in case he deceides to change lanes since he can't stop in time). It always nice to know you can stop on a dime, but if you ever do, LOOK BEHIND YOU. No one else is gonna stop nearly as quickly as you. Oh and to my urban monkey god (god I love that name), I am glad you and your car are fine and that no one was seriously hurt in that reck. Now share some of that luck brother!!!
 

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I hate these brakes for the exact reason of the guy behind me, I am *ussually* the type that leaves a good space between me and the car in front of me. But everytime I have been in a situation where I need to stop quickly my mind does the math for how much brake to avoid hitting the guy in front and then I devert ALL my attention to the car behind me. Last thing you want is to get hit and then slam into the car in front of you. Because they will give the guy that hit you a ticket and then give you one too for hitting the car in front of you. Failure to maintain a safe and cleared distance. And ALWAYS leave a way out. Monkey you played it right moving to the shoulder. Last resort for me but been in that situation many times. Can you say 696. Also good choice on who to help first. The Metro and the Blazer would have been my choices too. I hope that guy that caused this got a hefty ticket.

Give us more details tmrw and enjoy that drink. You earned it. Oh and say your prayers, Someone or something was looking out for you.
 
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