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Discussion: Oh no!

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2017-01-03

Jan 3, 2017 7:28 PM # 
kissy:
I hope he's okay! Sounds like a scary time.
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Jan 3, 2017 8:42 PM # 
walk:
Oh dear! Sorry to hear. Hope he is ok.
Jan 3, 2017 11:21 PM # 
Charlie:
Yep, Zack is fine. The car, on the other hand is totaled. We had a busy day. Talked to the insurance company a while, got Zack a rental car, went out to where his was towed and recovered the rest of his stuff, talked to the appraiser. We had been thinking about getting Rhonda a new car anyway, so then we went and did that, and for now Zack will drive Rhonda's old car.
Jan 3, 2017 11:26 PM # 
Charlie:
The accident was pretty dramatic. There was some snow piled near the guardrail and it acted as a ramp, so he went up and lodged on the guard rail, and then tipped into a fairly large tree that kept it from flipping over and rolling down the side, but the tree pretty well crunched the roof. After Zack called 911, they came out and sanded the road, but meanwhile the rescue folks who showed up had a hard time getting up the hill from the west, hand over hand up the guard rail.
Jan 3, 2017 11:41 PM # 
gail:
Wow, glad he walked out of that one okay. Still, he must have felt stressed by it. Quite a sinking feeling when a car goes somewhere not planned. Give him my best.
What is Rhonda's new car?
Jan 4, 2017 12:31 AM # 
jjcote:
Yikes! (He had been pretty pleased with that car.)
Jan 4, 2017 2:06 AM # 
Charlie:
He is wanting to get one just like it. Meanwhile, Rhonda got a one year old Acura MDX, same as her old one, but 13 years newer. I don't expect Zack will be driving Rhonda's old car long. Francesca is interested in it, and if she takes it he will buy a Subaru.
Jan 4, 2017 6:59 PM # 
coach:
May I recommend 4 studded snow tires for anything going up and down Ratlun Mt roads.
Jan 4, 2017 11:04 PM # 
JimBaker:
Glad Zack's OK.
Jan 4, 2017 11:40 PM # 
BillD:
omg. A blessing if no personal injury.
Jan 5, 2017 4:00 AM # 
DWildfogel:
Glad to hear Zack is OK! A Subaru is a great idea!
Jan 5, 2017 7:06 AM # 
Geoman:
Yikes, how scary. Glad Zack made it through this.
Jan 5, 2017 12:19 PM # 
jjcote:
The car he was driving was a Subaru.
Jan 5, 2017 5:23 PM # 
Charlie:
Well, maybe the next one will have studded snow tires. Seems like overkill generally, but given that he is out on the road at 5:45 am and that they are rather lackadaisical about winter road maintenance in Barkhamsted, it may be the right idea.
Jan 5, 2017 7:32 PM # 
acjospe:
Wow that is scary. I'm glad he's ok. Please invest in some snow tires, they are way more important than the type of car.
Jan 5, 2017 7:51 PM # 
jjcote:
Avoiding the Devil's Elbow in sketchy conditions might be an even better idea. That's a really abnormal stretch of road. You people are pretty brave to drive on it in the winter. 7 minutes slower to go through Simsbury.
Jan 5, 2017 10:40 PM # 
PBricker:
The Devils Elbow nearly did me in on the way to RHINO a couple of years ago. And that was trying to go up, not down! I just gave up and called for a tow truck.

Glad Zach's OK; cars can be replaced.
Jan 7, 2017 9:13 PM # 
Charlie:
Here is the update on Zack. He had his eye on a 2008 Subaru Outback, 5sp manual (more or less a requirement for him). We took it over to the estimable Geoff Wolf, who looked it over and gave us a lengthy bill of particulars of what it needed, and that seemed to take the bloom off that particular rose. Geoff deals a lot of Audis, and I have bought a few from him (or rather from his father, who alas is no longer with us). He has been our service guy for over 20 years. Anyway, Zack looked over his stock and decided on a 2001 Audi station wagon, also with the requisite manual transmission, 1,8L turbo, very clean, lots of miles but very well maintained and Geoff will stand behind it. There is a set of studded snow tires in the package, too, and it all works within the money Zack is getting from the Subaru, including getting his own insurance policy. So pretty satisfactory.
Jan 8, 2017 4:33 AM # 
jjcote:
Dynamic Geoff?
Jan 8, 2017 8:07 AM # 
Charlie:
The same.

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