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  • DJ of Clayton Dec 3, 2013

    @cbs79132- I used to share your sentiments regarding the newer cars, but 38 years as a firefighter and paramedic have taught me otherwise. It is personified in this video-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

    Simple fact, these newer, lighter weight cars are actually safer than the older Land Yachts.

  • kcfoxie Dec 3, 2013

    1cent+1cent: Small, lightweight vehicle? It's nearly 3,000 pounds... I don't consider that "light weight." It's just as heavy as a modern Ford Taurus. Light weight would be sub-2500 pounds. Very few cars actually meet that today thanks to safety requirements.

  • kcfoxie Dec 3, 2013

    ginufine3011: the Prius didn't turn it's hazzards on (or it may have, most German cars automatically deploy hazzards on a hard brake or instant-stop occurance), the SEMI had it's hazzards on and he didn't even notice.

  • ginufine3011 Dec 3, 2013

    I'm amazed at the fact that the guy in the Prius was alert enough to turn on his hazard lights. That would've been the last thing on my mind.

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 3, 2013

    "It offered little resistance for even this small light-weight vehicle. Believe your own eyes! The safety effectiveness is minimal due to its weakness. It's only there to reduce big-rig liability."

    Actually as the article stated the bar did it's job very well. The reason part of it came off is that the impact was quite severe. If you look at these bars one will see that they are quite strong these days, stronger than most cars that hit them as you can see from the picture.

  • A person Dec 3, 2013

    Those steel bars have been around since the 1970's, so how is that news. fact is that paying attention would have avoided the accident entirely

  • DaddysAngel27 Dec 2, 2013

    I would like to know the charges of the driver who caused this to happen!?!?

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 2, 2013

    where the Heck are the charges for the person driving the pick-up truck who Started the whole chain reaction?!?!
    So very glad the driver of the Prius is ok, but hate that he is being charged. For crying out loud, talk about adding insult to injury.

  • cbs79132 Dec 2, 2013

    Exactly why I drive an older car. Not buying a plastic car. Don't care what my old beater looks like.

  • lwe1967 Dec 2, 2013

    A very fortunate young man. He is breathing and has non-life threatening injuries. Yes, very lucky!

  • busyb97 Dec 2, 2013

    Stories like this make you wish for the days where your car was nade if steel, not fiberglass and plastic or whatever they call it these days.

    Thankfully he did survive. Hopefully he pays closer attention next time. It is too bad they cant charge those other drivers who didnt slow down or allow the truck to get off the road!

  • 1cent+1cent Dec 2, 2013

    The premise of these "safety bars" (bumpers) is severely flawed. They are mandated by the government however they have no strength/collision test requirements. Years ago a TV program i.e. 60 Minutes did a segment on this flawed requirement for big-rig vehicles. They appear to be functional but offer little collision resistance. Just enlarge the first picture in this article and you will clearly see the bar with its red/white reflective tape knocked off the back of the truck and lying on the ground beside the front left side of the car. It offered little resistance for even this small light-weight vehicle. Believe your own eyes! The safety effectiveness is minimal due to its weakness. It's only there to reduce big-rig liability.

  • C6-YA Dec 2, 2013

    "It amazes me how much attention people pay to their cell phones and not driving." --puttputt

    That's my guess too. Given his age, I would suspect texting was involved. I'm glad he's doing okay.

  • Ijaz Fahted Dec 2, 2013

    "Traffic in raleigh is a joke, it took me 25 minutes to get 4 miles down falls of neuse this morning Bedford to 540, city of raleigh needs to step it up"

    Drive in Atlanta and LA rush hour traffic, then tell me how bad we have it.

  • puttputtstick Dec 2, 2013

    "My brother drives a truck and he complains that motorists really don't account for how heavy (and potentially lethal) these vehicles are and that they need more room to maneuver and stop than a small sedan."

    I have also seen many commercial trucks and dump trucks going 80 mph on I40 in Raleigh. How much extra room do they get when they are going so fast themselves.

    On a side note, Why doesn't the DMV stop all the dump trucks running down the interstate dumping gravel out of the back of trucks that aren't maintained and themselves causing a safety hazard on the highway from all the motorists trying to avoid getting hit by their gravel?

  • oleguy Dec 2, 2013

    Mansfield Bar,, The movie actress,, Her accident in the late 50,s I think was the reason these were added,, They have been around for several years,,, Just some old info,,

  • Hippy_mom Dec 2, 2013

    xylem01, I'm with you on that one. It seems unfair that he was side-swiped, tried to prevent further accidents and was still charged. My brother drives a truck and he complains that motorists really don't account for how heavy (and potentially lethal) these vehicles are and that they need more room to maneuver and stop than a small sedan.

  • puttputtstick Dec 2, 2013

    "I don't see any tire skids from the Prius."

    With anti-lock brakes on most vehicles now how would you get skid marks from the prius?

    It amazes me how much attention people pay to their cell phones and not driving.

  • WinnieFan Dec 2, 2013

    What was the driver of the pick-up charged with? It seems his hitting the Dodge Challenger is what started the whole mess...?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 2, 2013

    Wasn't a pick up mentioned as the first action? Was the driver not

  • xylem01 Dec 2, 2013

    I don't get why the semi driver was charged with "failing to remove his vehicle from the lane of travel". That just makes no sense to me.

  • LoriBelle Dec 2, 2013

    I never use that road so I would prefer not to pay for its widening via increased taxes. Kind of like how I do not need maternity coverage so I shouldn't have to pay for it in my health insurance. ~~ downtowner

    It's this mentality that is destroying the US. ME! ME! MINE! MINE! NOT MINE, I'M NOT GOING TO PAY FOR IT!! WAAAAAAA WAAAAAA

    Get a clue dude!

  • scubagirl2 Dec 2, 2013

    I'm beginning to truly believe that NO ONE is going to slow down and think of others UNTIL a wreck affects them personally in some way.....sad really that so many people think THEY are the most important person on the road

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 2, 2013

    downtowner - "Kind of like how I do not need maternity coverage so I shouldn't have to pay for it in my health insurance."

    If you have a group policy, you probably do because pregnancy/maternity is a condition, just like arthritis is.

    And having a group policy usually gets you a cheaper rate than if you went out and bought health insurance all on your own without maternity/pregnancy coverage.

    It's the nature of the business.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 2, 2013

    "The driver was conscious and alert when taken to WakeMed, troopers said. The truck driver also was taken to WakeMed with minor injuries."

    Blessed the guy was alert and conscious. I sure thought "decapitation" when I saw that picture.

    Praying for them both.

  • Gatsby Dec 2, 2013

    "city of raleigh needs to step it up"

    Um...How can the Mayor help it if a inattentive & probably distracted driver causes a 3 car pile up on a major interstate that backs up traffic on your particular route?

  • Kilroy Dec 2, 2013

    Per another local news site seems there were at least 4 vehicles involved with a construction pickup truck pulling a trailer causing a chain reaction when switching lanes abruptly cutting off another vehicle and the tractor trailer.

  • xylem01 Dec 2, 2013

    I don't see any tire skids from the Prius.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 2, 2013

    These trailers really need to be equipped with Nerf-like foam bumpers in order to lessen the impact and injuries during accidents like this one.

    Praying that everyone is okay.

  • williamraleigh Dec 2, 2013

    Traffic in raleigh is a joke, it took me 25 minutes to get 4 miles down falls of neuse this morning Bedford to 540, city of raleigh needs to step it up

  • awr117 Dec 2, 2013

    "If trucks were fitted with rear and side impact bars"

    You can clearly see the impact bar laying on the ground next to the Prius in the picture.

  • NO_COMMENT11235813 Dec 2, 2013

    Not sure I buy into the lane changing scenario. The Prius driver had to be way behind the initial issue. The speed differential between the prius and the truck had to be greater than 30 MPH or so to cause that kind of damage to the car. Perhaps the truck braked hard as he switched lanes, but it still would seem the prius driver was not aware of what was occurring around them.

  • heelsgirl05 Dec 2, 2013

    looks like the prius was in the truck drivers blind spot and just didnt have time to react.

  • str8thuggin Dec 2, 2013

    A Prius in the right lane, really? Hope they recover quickly.

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 2, 2013

    Impact avoidance technology was once the driver but that was before all these distractions today.

  • pja1357 Dec 2, 2013

    From another news source....texting was not involved. A truck cutoff the tractor trailer, who switched lanes quickly pulling in front of the Prius.

    In this case I was not saying the guy was texting. In my case I was at a dead stop and the guy behind me was texting and he totaled my car. I was lucky to walk away. My point is that there are WAY TOO MANY DISTRACTIONS for one reason or another. PUT UP THE PHONES AND DRIVE!!

  • aspenstreet1717 Dec 2, 2013

    Makes you think about the impact avoidance technology in some new cars.

  • I know some stuff Dec 2, 2013

    While trucks do have under ride bars, at some point, like this wreck, they aren't quite good enough.
    A Prius has a small nose, and a very low one at that. Add in the tendency to 'nosedive' when braking, and you can see how that truck bar made it most of the way to the passenger compartment.
    While I'm NOT an advocate of buying a tank (aka large SUV) for protection, at some point, the smallest of cars do pose a serious loss of safety protection in collisions. Saving that extra gas might not be worth the risk to life.

  • Monkey_Joe Dec 2, 2013

    Trucks must be built with underride bar for accidents just like this so I have no idea what mozdmel is talking about. Maybe they need a generous coating of foam or rubber on the trucks as well?

  • downtowner Dec 2, 2013

    Fredk nailed it. Don't drive in a personal bubble. Everyone has to share the road so be aware of people around you and coming up from behind and in front.

  • codrunner05 Dec 2, 2013

    @mozdmel those underguard rails are a nice idea, but it's been proven they don't prevent death even at low speeds

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 2, 2013

    "If trucks were fitted with rear and side impact bars"

    They are required to have a rear impact bar, as one can see in the picture. The problem is that the Prius crumpled like a tin can or actually worse.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=393.86

  • sweetiepie7472 Dec 2, 2013

    This accident happened right in front of me this morning...I actually saw it happen. It seems the Prius driver wasnt paying attention to their lane because the tractor trailer was already stopped on the side of the lane. I was very shaken up but am very relieved to know that everyone is still alive!

  • btneast Dec 2, 2013

    A truck cutoff the tractor trailer, who switched lanes quickly pulling in front of the Prius.

    ......perhaps unavoidable.....but this is why you have to be aware of traffic all around you in all lanes.....and what is happening way up ahead as well. Usually, you can see an accident brewing if you have good situational awareness....and take action to be out of the danger zone.

  • Frank Downtown Dec 2, 2013

    I see people every morning not focused on driving and instead eatting, talking on the phone, or even reading!

  • Kilroy Dec 2, 2013

    From another news source....texting was not involved. A truck cutoff the tractor trailer, who switched lanes quickly pulling in front of the Prius.

  • Ijaz Fahted Dec 2, 2013

    "There is nothing that is more important than someones life so don't put a text before your life and someone elses"

    Cannot be said enough.

    Based on how far that Prius went under the under ride guard it looks as though the truck was stopped ( or very slow moving ) and the Prius was still scooting on down the road. Hope all who are injured recover swiftly.

  • momof2 Dec 2, 2013

    Whosays--you are exactly right! And since the speed limit was increased to 70mph it has gotten worse. The differential in car speeds (some going way below the limit while others driving way above) is crazy creating an even more dangerous situation.

  • Ohyoupeople Dec 2, 2013

    Those tractor trailers are hard to see sometimes with all the lights on them.

  • Whosays Dec 2, 2013

    Wow, doesn't look good, looks like following too close or something. People drive like maniacs on that road in the mornings and afternoons. Make it a race track at times. Slow down people and live.

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