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    Thumbs up Dressage skill can save your life!

    USDF silver and gold medalist Ellie Rawle was driving our truck Wednesday morning when we were sideswiped by a speeding dump truck. The full truck swerved as it hit the cab of the truck on the driver's side, crushing the roof and pulling off the driver's door. All those timing and balance reflexes from riding came in to play and saved our lives.
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/...=1718024354587
    Anne
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    OMG. I saw the pictures of the truck on Facebook. You guys are LUCKY, although I know her leg is hurting, I am so glad you are able to talk about it. Two or three inches closer and I don't think you would be able to tell us about it! Horrors! I hope I don't have to go take pictures of it....(that's my job, Anne.)
    "Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring." -- Emerson
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    Can't see pics behind facebook log-in wall. But glad you are ok.



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    Wow that is scary! Thank goodness everyone is ok!
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    Maybe this link will help:
    http://ellie-watermarkfarmhappenings...etty-rare.html
    The truck is a 1997 Chevy Dually. I am impressed with the safety cage given the dump truck was crushing us as it went by, and hope the next truck is as strong.
    Anne
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    Thank God everyone is okay!!!



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    Thanks for the other link!

    Wow, I had exactly the same thing happen to me many years ago in Mexico. I didn't know you were supposed to pull off to the right shoulder before making a left turn, and got hit when a bus tried to pass us. Very similar damage, very scary.

    Glad you are ok! (And didn't have to drive your truck to the border in that condition, not to mention having the border patrol decide you must be smuggling drugs in the remains of the bashed-in door. Ah, memories...)



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