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Volvo 240 DL Crash Tire Blow Out
Advance, North Carolina

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At 7:00 am, coming back from the grocery store on January 12, 2002, my rear driver's side tire blew out. I was driving a Volvo 240 DL 1989. The cause was a 4 inch piece of metal road debris. My car left the roadway at 55 miles per hour was airborne briefly before it hit the opposite side of a creek bank. The engine was still running. I shut it off. My Boxer dog who was sleeping on the floor of the car was unhurt, but covered in groceries. I didn't think I was hurt and opened the driver's side door.

A farmer who saw the wreck, told me I didn't want to get out of the car because I was in the water. He encouraged me not to move and wait for the ambulance which was already on the way. After the paramedics and police promised me they would take care of my dog I lost all memory for 16 days. I had a hangman's fracture, but other than bruises from the seat belt, I was unhurt. I'm thankful for the farmer who told me to stay put. I have made a full recovery without surgery. I now have another Volvo 240 DL a 1990 and a Volvo 240 Wagon 1993.

Next week I am going to Sweden to take delivery on my brand new 2006 Volvo Cross Country. I would never consider any other car than a Volvo. Had I been in any other car during that accident, I would surely be dead and my dog too. Sadly, my dog passed on from natural causes in 2004. Apparently I like my cars and my dogs "boxy but good". By the way, I was not given a ticket for anything.

The weather was clear that day, no snow or rain of any kind. This took place in Advance, North Carolina.

John O.

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