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Old 12-29-2003, 08:18 AM   #1
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Even being as careful as you can be.....

Caught this on CNN today. How very sad.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/12/2....ap/index.html
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Old 12-29-2003, 10:09 AM   #2
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Very sad indeed,

Probably a mute point here, being a motorhome, but seatbelts would have probably saved almost all of them.

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I would be interested in seeing the accident report and seeing if there were any contributing factors, like how long the person had been operating a motorhome, excessive speed, maintentance records, seat belt usage, ectera. It is a tragedy, and probably a preventable one. I drive in excess of 50k miles a year and see too many accidents on the way to happen, RV's being driven with no regard for the fact you are driving a 5-7 ton vehicle, tailgating, excessive speed and the like. I was on I-95 north a while back when a Class C with a toad went by me at over 80 mph, about 30 miles up the road there it was again, the toad was upside down in the ditch and the RV was off in the woods, suprisingly enough there were no fatalities, but the guy was charged with careless and reckless and rightfully so.

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Old 12-29-2003, 10:55 AM   #4
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been there, done that

Back in '86 my future husband and I were driving into downtown Portland to see a play when a motorhome going across an overpass over I-84 near Lloyd Center suddenly drifted over the edge, through the guardrail, and down onto the freeway below. Without a doubt the most surreal thing we've ever seen. It was almost in slow motion. It hit the car four cars ahead of us, and I distinctly remember the other cars around us locking them up, particularly a corvette that had a VERY near miss with the front end of the debris. Amazingly, no one on the freeway was hurt, and there were no fenderbenders as a result of dropping a motorhome across three lanes of freeway.

The whole freeway was blocked, and we sat there for nearly an hour until police turned everyone around and led us back up off an onramp. Many people immediately ran up to the accident and started trying to help the people, but since it had flipped and landed on it's roof, nose first, they didn't really have a chance.

As I recall there were two folks on that motorhome, and both died. They were from Canada, and the assumption was that someone had dozed off at the wheel.
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Old 12-29-2003, 09:49 PM   #5
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Bummer. I live in Richland, WA and this family lived 3 miles away.
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Old 12-30-2003, 06:33 AM   #6
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Tragedy

Anyone have an idea of the make of motor home and the manufacturer of the chassis?
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Old 12-30-2003, 07:01 AM   #7
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Another thing that I just realized after reading the article again...there were 10 people on board, I don't recall ever seeing a MH with seatbelts for 10 people most I ever recall has been 8 and that one had a dinette and sofa.

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Seat Belts

The 345 was equipped with 11 belted seats.

4 in the dinette.

3 on the couch.

4 total, two barrel swivel chairs, and two pilot/co-pilot chairs.
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I consider AS to be the exception, I was primarily thinking of the more modern units Don't recall seeing barrel chairs with seatbelts recently, only the couches and dinettes.

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Update

Wind ...

It now appears that wind was a major factor..
Crash

Way too sad..
There is a picture of the MH but, I could not make out the name.

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I live in the same area as this family......

The local paper reports that the Mattila family rented a 30 ft 2001 Georgetown motor home - locally.

They were returning from an extended holdiday trip to Arizona with 8 of their 9 children along. The kids range in age from 5 months to 18 years. They regularly went camping and the local paper says that wind may NOT have been a factor. This family lost both parents and to date, four kids. Local community members, family and representitives from the families church have gone to Utah to offer support. The paper reports that counselors will be available at the kids' school to offer greif counseling upon the re-opening of school.

Roads were bare and dry at the time of the accident and it is unknown if the passengers were wearing belts because the vehicle was completely destroyed.
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Question Which paper was that

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The local paper reports that the Mattila family rented a 30 ft 2001 Georgetown motor home - locally.
What is the name of the newspaper and, the date of the articule?
If you don't mind..

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Tri-City Herald. Tuesday dec. 30 edition. front page. www.tri-cityherald.com

Here's the link: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/lo...-4538069c.html
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Thanks for the info..

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Thanks..

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