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Crash claims a life in Durham

Posted December 17, 2008

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— A Durham man was killed Wednesday morning in a wreck in the Lebanon area of Durham County.

Albert Webb, 75, of 5103 N. Willowhaven Drive, ran under the rear of recycling truck stopped on Umstead Road just after 7 a.m., Durham Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the recycling truck said he heard brakes screech before the impact.  He was not injured.

The cause of the wreck had not been determined.

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  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    I will make one more comment before this story drops from the lineup:

    The idea of putting "crumple packs" on these particular trucks is a good one for these reasons:

    1. These recycling trucks are built higher than typical neighborhood delivery trucks like UPS, etc.

    2. These trucks operate during early morning hours when darkness, mists and bright sunlight hamper drivers being able to see them.

    3. These trucks are operating in areas where visibility is also limited by terain which causes rises and curves, etc.

    4. It doesn't matter if you take one of those bumpers at 5 mph or 55 mph in your teeth. It will kill you.

    5. These are two deaths which could have been avoided with the use of those packs. Two families within a small geographic area are paying the price because a few extra precautions on the part of the owners of these vehicles.

    Cost restrictive? What is your life worth to your family? Why does everything have to come down to dollars and cents?

  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    Yes, Toot. DN is in a better place, but we sure missed him. Now his dad is there with him. I remember BN's laugh. You knew he was in the house. That laugh faded fast. However, I know heaven is now filled with that laugh and, one day, we will hear it again.

    I am constantly reminded of these things as I see DN's wife, kids, mother, sister and other family members several times a week. I hope this is not a repeat, but the truck looks familiar. Regardless, I hope this person is in the same place DN and his dad are.

  • twc Dec 17, 2008

    JofNC, I think that's a great idea but it would be cost-restrictive for one. It also might hamper the intended function of the vehicle for another.

    But the Mansfield bar should work if it's installed correctly for the purpose it was intended--to keep vehicles from going beneath trucks to the point where it impacts the passenger compartment.

    The problem is with encforcement!

  • toot Dec 17, 2008

    This is awful! A friend of mine was killed, 2 years ago, the same way and not far from this location (Bivins Road at Fair Oaks Drive. About 1.5 miles.) . Might even be the same truck! He topped the hill, just after 7am, had the sun in his eyes and ran right under the truck. He never had a chance. Never saw the truck. No skid marks and the driver said he hit the truck at speed.

    He was a fine, Christian, young man with a wife, a daughter and a son on the way. He passed on Wednesday. On the previous Sunday evening we had been out visiting in one of the neighborhoods near our church and he had led a woman to Christ. His first! He was so excited and humbled by the experience that all he could do was smile.

    Glock,
    I know who you are talking about and he was an awesome guy. I thought of the same thing when I saw this. I miss DN, but he is in a better place than we are now.

  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    Why is that such a terrible idea?

  • ThisIsMyName Dec 17, 2008

    JofNC... what a terrible idea.

  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    Great idea, JofNC! Why didn't I think of that?

  • JofNC Dec 17, 2008

    A system should be installed like the ones that highway workers use with the crumple pack on the back of their trucks. (the big yellow box that sticks out from the back.) This would reduce impact and keep vehicles from sliding underneath.

  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    More comments:

    This was not a tractor-trailer. It was a recycling truck collecting recylables. If this person was headed West on Umstead, which is likely, then, more than likely, they popped over a slight ridge at Continental and WHAM!

    These trucks have a bar suspended below the body (someone said this is a "Mansfield Bar"). It is really, really nasty! It allows the lower front portion of a car/pickup to pass under it and wipes the upper portion of the vehicle clean. It strikes the driver about mid-chest.

    There needs to be some investigation and improvements made to this system. It works fine, for trucks, but not for passenger vehicles.

  • Glock Ranger Dec 17, 2008

    This is awful! A friend of mine was killed, 2 years ago, the same way and not far from this location (Bivins Road at Fair Oaks Drive. About 1.5 miles.) . Might even be the same truck! He topped the hill, just after 7am, had the sun in his eyes and ran right under the truck. He never had a chance. Never saw the truck. No skid marks and the driver said he hit the truck at speed.

    He was a fine, Christian, young man with a wife, a daughter and a son on the way. He passed on Wednesday. On the previous Sunday evening we had been out visiting in one of the neighborhoods near our church and he had led a woman to Christ. His first! He was so excited and humbled by the experience that all he could do was smile.

    I believe this happened this morning, though. If so, this is Wednesday, not Tuesday, WRAL. Also, that is Umstead Road, not Umstead Drive. Please, update the story and correct your mistakes.

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