Recent article in our local paper says that the average age of truckers
these days is climbing. Young people are not interested in the job and there
is a shortage of drivers. Expect things to get worse before they get better.

Randy B

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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Tom Scordato
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:34 AM
To: Mercedes Discussion List
Subject: [MBZ] Trucking Industry the Saga continues

Traveling on I-83 on my way to DC on business from Bellefonte PA.  Place in
Harrisburg where you have to off ramp on I -83 to get back on I-83.  Ramp
and up take to ramp are on a curve.  Well Traffic was stopped on the ramp.
I saw this in time and slowed down and left my usual three car lengths.  As
I slowed to a stop I looked in my rearview.  Here comes a full size semi
doing what I estimate is at least 50-55 mph or better coming right at me and
closing very, very fast.  So fast that I figured not only would I be dead
(pulverized from the rear) but my car would be pool balled into the car
stopped ahead of me.  No steel beauty 123 chassis was going to save me from
this. No way instant death.  At the last nano second, I had about 6 feet of
break down lane on my right and that three-car length space ahead of me I
gunned it and moved into the break down lane.  He or she by some act of God
made a swerve steering maneuver to his left, which made his load do a little
dance, but missed me by 2 to 6 inches.  He keeps going in the left lane,
which took you to some state road.  Like I said I would have been pulverized
or vaporized instantaneously.  Few cars ahead would / could have been wasted

If it was a car that hit me it might have been survivable. The guy is
driving a 100,000 lb (?) rig and flat out was not paying attention. That is
the difference (the shear physics), which can never be overlooked.  An
industry which should have the same safety standards as lets say the
aerospace industry or maritime industry, is certainly lacking, big time, yet
on a day by day basis affects as many if not more people.  It is truly out
of control.  In my million plus miles of traveling this was the closest I
have come to getting wasted.  Thanks Guardian Angel my dear!

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