name is Steven Moody and I was a paramedic in Salina for 28 years and am
currently the Fire Chief in El Dorado. The experience I’d like to share
happened during my early years in Salina. I was called to a one-vehicle crash
involving a rural mail carrier who I’ll refer to as Bob (not his real name). I
rode with him in the ambulance and he conveyed to me how the crash occurred
before he lost consciousness. And I’d like to share Bob’s story and mine …
in rural central Kansas are sometimes far and in between. So, it gave Bob the
chance to do a bit of mail sorting while driving from one house to the
that was what Bob was doing this particular day.
many Kansas roads, this one was loose sand and gravel. And, the terrain was as
flat as a pancake – one could see as far as one’s sight would allow.
was sorting his mail as he drove along the desolate road. No problem, or so he
thought.But, in the blink of an eye the
right front tire drifted into the loose gravel.The car was immediately pulled towards the ditch.
response Bob quickly turned the steering wheel to the left in an effort to bring
the car back from the ditch. Regrettably, when Bob did this instead of pulling
the car back onto the roadway it tilted the car.
it didn’t stop there. The car kept tilting until it rolled completely onto its
unfortunate thing was Bob’s lack of seat belt usage. As the car rolled onto its
top, Bob came out of his seat and slammed his head forward when it struck the
inside of the rooftop.
the medic in charge, I walked up to the side of the vehicle and asked Bob if he
was hurt. Bob’s response back was, “I can’t feel anything.”
didn’t have a scratch on him, but his injury was serious. He had broken his
neck.Bob was taken to the hospital, but
sadly he did not survive his injury.
had violated two driving operator rules – he had been inattentive and he failed
to use his seat belt.
the lessons from Bob. You can be killed with just the right mechanism of
injury.Follow all the safety rules
knowing your life could depend upon it.