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boy was I lucky

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by justAl, 14 Apr 2008.

  1. justAl

    justAl New Member

    Coming to work this morning. A lorry coming the other way flicks a stone out, I heard it first and then saw it flying through the air at about 2 - 3 feet, landing on the verge just 6ft infront of me. this "stone" was the size of tennis ball. Boy was I lucky!
     
  2. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Could have been very nasty!

    Was there a lot of debris or just that stone? If there was a fair bit then I'd get on the phone to the local council and tell them to come and sort it, otherwise someones precious windscreen could get scratched (oh, and someone could get killed).
     
  3. OP
    OP
    justAl

    justAl New Member

    It was just the one I think, probably fell from a tractor. There's a lot about at the mo.
     
  4. cannondale boy

    cannondale boy Über Member

    Location:
    somewhere in fife
    Glad your ok, though it does give a shock to the system when something like that happens! :blush:

    Lorrys that are meant to obey by regulations, of not over filling a lorry with whatever content(s) always do it. Its the people on the road that get the brunt of it.
     
  5. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Ouch, I've had a small chipping hit me and that jolly well hurt. Dread to think what a tennis ball sized stone could have done!
     
  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i always wear eye protection when riding, it's saved me countless times.
     
  7. MER Veteran

    MER Veteran New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Good point there alec although I dont as generally they get steamed up with my heavy breathing.Ooooer.
     
  8. yorkshiregoth

    yorkshiregoth Master of all he surveys

    Location:
    Heathrow
    Once had the 'luck' to get a flattened coke can flung my way causing a nasty gash on my leg.
     
  9. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    Location:
    Brentford
    I haven't had anything fly at me yet, but I have sent a couple of stones flying.
    Once when filtering down a hill, I heard a loud bang as I went passed a car. I had felt the back wheel go over a stone, but didn't realise a stone could hit that hard.

    Another time a stone flew, across the pavement and hit a large sign about 6 feet off the ground, again with a very loud bang. I was lucky as this road goes past a station and there are quite a lot of peds. The stone would have been travelling at head height.

    I've since been a lot more careful when I see debris on the road.
     
  10. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I've seen what a flying stone can do to a windscreen first hand ;)

    I've always got glasses on for this very reason, although I don't think there is much that would protect against a tennis ball sized stone! Luckily this type of incident (tennis ball sized!) is rare.
     
  11. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    and they should have a net/mesh cover to stop objects falling out. you should have take the reg. number and reported it but this is not the first thing that goes through you mind....