Daily Archives: August 8, 2017

Pete’s OK . . .

First off, Pete, the tow truck driver is OK, and back at home. Looks like it was just heatstroke. Glad he’s doing better.

And again, I want to thank everyone for their best wishes and hopeful comments.

For the basic details about our recent trials and tribulations, I’ll refer you back to my friend Nick Russell’s blog from yesterday, Greg Wins.

We had originally pulled out of the area where we’d been parked since Saturday afternoon about 2pm, but had just gotten out on to the periphery road when Pete stopped and got under the rear of the rig again. So I parked behind him and started reading on my tablet.

Rig at Covington 1

Looking up now and then I noticed Pete going back and forth for tools. But when I looked up a few minutes later, he was sprawled out from under the rig on his back. Just about the time I got out of the truck and was calling 911, another car stopped with a doctor.<

In fact, in the first 5 minutes, we had a doctor, an RN, a Paramedic, and two EMT’s, all just passing by. Then a couple of minutes later we had a police car, a fire truck, and an ambulance.

And a big crowd of rubberneckers standing around, since they couldn’t get by with all the vehicles stopped.

By this time, I was on the phone to Big Wheel Diesel & Wrecker, Pete’s employer, to let them know what had happened, and that at some point they were going to need to get another driver out here to clear the road. They said they would, and also asked if Pete’s wife could call me, and I said “Sure”.

By this time Pete was responsive, and shortly after that, they had him up and walking to the gurney. So when Pete’s wife called a few minutes later, I was able to calm her down and get her to stop crying, telling her he looked to be doing OK. And after talking to one of the ambulance EMT”s, I was also able to tell her what hospital he was being taken to.

Then as quick as the crowd gathered, within 15 minutes everyone was gone, leaving just me and the rig sitting in the roadway.

Ambulance Leaving at Covington

Finally, after about 20 more minutes, two more guys from Big Wheel showed up. And after looking things over, they apparently didn’t like the way Pete had set things up, so they then spent another hour or so getting things configured like they wanted.

Rig at Covington 2

So it was about 4:45 before we were on the way again, this time with now mishaps or 911 calls.

I had to stop for gas on the way since I’d had the truck idling to keep Miss Karma cool since about 1pm. So by the time I got there, they had the rig parked on the lot, so all I had to do was to sign the paperwork and hit the road for Katy.

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More tomorrow when I have more info.

Thought for the Day:

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here – this is the War Room”. – President Muffley


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