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Six injured when mock accident turns real in Detroit Lakes
Fargo Forum ^ | Brian Basham

Posted on 05/04/2012 2:07:48 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Detroit Lakes High School students — who had gathered to watch a pre-prom auto accident drill Friday morning — were shocked to see an unmanned fire truck slowly accelerate down the street and plow into two cars that were staged for the mock crash, injuring several people.

Authorities said nobody appeared to be injured very seriously (although several were taken to the emergency room at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s to be checked out) and mechanics are examining the truck to see why it malfunctioned.

The crash occurred at a low speed, perhaps 5 mph or less, but the weight of the fire truck caused the chain-reaction accident, said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten.

The mock crash started out as planned, with student actors portraying the aftermath of a drinking and driving accident on Madison Avenue near the high school, which is a fairly level street.

There were two cars involved in the mock accident — the first with a family of three and the second with five young people in it.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene, and soon after, it turned into a real accident.

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Drinking on prom night is dangerous. So is hanging around idling fire trucks.
1 posted on 05/04/2012 2:07:53 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

How many were hurt by the swarm of tort lawyers bolting for the hospital?


2 posted on 05/04/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I always get the creeps when the police/nanny state runs these “realistic” drills. DHS is going to release bacteria on a boston commuter train to run a response drill. The bacteria, they say, is perfectly harmless...


3 posted on 05/04/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Somewhere, someone is face-palming...


4 posted on 05/04/2012 2:12:41 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s

the medical/charitable complex?

5 posted on 05/04/2012 2:15:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

A friend of mine had his car damaged in a similar incident.
His neighbor was moving cars around, and left one idling with the transmission in D and got out of the car and started walking towards the front of car. The car started rolling, the open door knocked the guy down, and then the car rolled into a parked car that then smacked my friend’s car.

He saw the whole thing from his bathroom window. When his insurance agent was taking the report, he was asked, “what were you doing when the accident occurred?” His reply, “blow-drying my hair.”


6 posted on 05/04/2012 2:17:20 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I operate a fire engine. My personal rule check parking brake and transmission twice then set wheel chocks.


7 posted on 05/04/2012 2:20:18 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Disambiguator
When his insurance agent was taking the report, he was asked, “what were you doing when the accident occurred?” His reply, “blow-drying my hair.”

Man-card revoked.

8 posted on 05/04/2012 2:31:32 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: UB355
Thank you for your service.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/04/2012 2:40:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
The crash occurred at a low speed, perhaps 5 mph or less,

Then it's less an accident than a fender-bender. I've hit things on a bicycle going faster than that.

More media hyperbole.

10 posted on 05/04/2012 2:53:35 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: IronJack
A fully loaded fire truck can kill you at 5mph.

F=M*V^2 They did teach that at culinary school.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/04/2012 2:56:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

It’s refreshing to hear something asinine coming out of a locale named Detroit and for once, it’s not the Detroit I live near.


12 posted on 05/04/2012 2:57:16 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Actually, F=ma. Kinetic energy = 1/2 m v^2

The one that kills you is conservation of momentum: m1v1 + m2v2 = m1v1' + m2v2'

13 posted on 05/04/2012 3:12:06 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
I drank a lot during culinary school. ;)

/johnny

14 posted on 05/04/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
And thank you for the correction. I learn things every day.

Or re-learn them.

/johnny

15 posted on 05/04/2012 3:16:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal; JRandomFreeper

It’s not the speed or distance of the fall, it’s the sudden stop at the end which kills you.


16 posted on 05/04/2012 3:43:50 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: JRandomFreeper

Notice that it’s the SQUARE of velocity, while it’s linear with mass. Someone inside a car that’s hit by a cement truck at 5 mph is probably pretty safe, although I’m sure the car is going to get bent.


17 posted on 05/04/2012 3:44:06 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: UB355

How many tons does a firetruck weight? A full tanker’s probably heavier than a hook-&-ladder, is it? Just asking. And thank you for your service.


18 posted on 05/04/2012 3:47:17 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: nascarnation

“...swarm of tort lawyers...”

Get the RAID Bug-Spray, Helen!


19 posted on 05/04/2012 3:49:21 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Whoa there, I used to have hair down to mid-back in high school, and I blow dried it daily; it only took 15 minutes and it was finished.


20 posted on 05/04/2012 4:10:39 PM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

“mechanics are examining the truck to see why it malfunctioned.”

Are they calling it a “malfunction” now when you forget the parking brake?


21 posted on 05/04/2012 4:12:34 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: JRandomFreeper
I wonder if it was like the movies where they stand there in helpless fear, hands splayed by their faces, screaming for 2-3 minutes while certain disaster bears down on them.
22 posted on 05/04/2012 4:20:44 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: wastedyears
My hair is about 14 inches long. I don't blow dry it. Real men wring it out and go to bed with wet hair. ;)

I'll be so glad when I get to cut it off and donate it. It's getting too hot for long hair. I want my 1/4 inch buzz cut back.

/johnny

23 posted on 05/04/2012 4:26:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Puckster
5 mph is faster than most people walk. And it wasn't far away, so I'm thinking it wasn't 2-3 minutes... but with current public schools? Who knows. Maybe.

I keep my head on a swivel for reasons like this.

/johnny

24 posted on 05/04/2012 4:28:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: carriage_hill

The engine I drive is about 40K lbs. The quint (ladder) is about 65K. A lot of F=ma

Someone forgot to set the parking brake. The big transmissions do not have a “Park” position.


25 posted on 05/04/2012 4:42:36 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Boogieman
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26 posted on 05/04/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Clay Moore

I’ll bet that rig’s a “handful”? But a thrill to drive, and certainly to see!


27 posted on 05/04/2012 5:46:51 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Boogieman
Are they calling it a “malfunction” now when you forget the parking brake?

brain malfunction

28 posted on 05/04/2012 5:53:59 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

This was about 30 years ago.


29 posted on 05/05/2012 8:06:21 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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