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Woman rescued from overturned car in water

There are 53 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Sep 16, 2008, titled Woman rescued from overturned car in water. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A woman was saved from her car after the vehicle rolled over and landed upside down in five feet of water.

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woodsprite53058

Aurora, CO

#1 Sep 16, 2008
These are the real heroes of our lives. What a horrific experience for this woman.

Wild Rose 01

Since: Feb 08

United States

#2 Sep 16, 2008
What a scary situation for this poor woman. Glad to hear shes ok.
Jesse

Hudsonville, MI

#5 Sep 16, 2008
She's very fortunate that Edward Keneddy was not at the wheel.
Baby Jane Howard

United States

#6 Sep 16, 2008
God some people are lousy drivers!
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#7 Sep 16, 2008
Baby Jane Howard wrote:
God some people are lousy drivers!
Did you read about the water over the road? Hydroplaning isn't about lousy drivers!!
Baby Jane Howard

United States

#8 Sep 16, 2008
Zuker wrote:
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Did you read about the water over the road? Hydroplaning isn't about lousy drivers!!
I slow down for water over the road. Less hydroplaning then.
uh oh

Carmel, IN

#9 Sep 16, 2008
Glad the woman was safe. How did she get there? Did she try to drive through standing water and became overwhelmed by the volume of it? WOOD doesn't say how, so I can blast her for driving through standing water when its only been said a million times not to do such a thing.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#10 Sep 16, 2008
Zuker wrote:
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Did you read about the water over the road? Hydroplaning isn't about lousy drivers!!
Hydroplaning is about lousy drivers in many cases! A good driver does not drive through standing water unless he is positive that it does not get very deep and he can see the road is intact under the water and then only does it very slowly. One of the favorite shots for TV cameramen appear to be the one of a vehicle driving through the water throwing water high in the air!
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#11 Sep 16, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Hydroplaning is about lousy drivers in many cases! A good driver does not drive through standing water unless he is positive that it does not get very deep and he can see the road is intact under the water and then only does it very slowly. One of the favorite shots for TV cameramen appear to be the one of a vehicle driving through the water throwing water high in the air!
First of all, as an Officer of MANY, MANY years, who handles such accidents, as well as one who worked for the ambulance services for many years, I also responded to these calls. I have seen MANY who have come upon water in the roadway or pooling, and NO it doesn't mean they are lousy drivers. Have you ever had an accident? By your standards, does that make YOU a lousy driver or does it not apply to you!
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#12 Sep 16, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Hydroplaning is about lousy drivers in many cases! A good driver does not drive through standing water unless he is positive that it does not get very deep and he can see the road is intact under the water and then only does it very slowly. One of the favorite shots for TV cameramen appear to be the one of a vehicle driving through the water throwing water high in the air!
So I am to assume you have NEVER been in an accident? You are way to quick to judge others in this case. I have much training on the subject, how about you?
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#13 Sep 16, 2008
Baby Jane Howard wrote:
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I slow down for water over the road. Less hydroplaning then.
So you drive 15-20 miles an hour everywhere? Let's check your driving record to see if you as perfect as you project!
Baby Jane Howard

United States

#14 Sep 16, 2008
Zuker wrote:
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So you drive 15-20 miles an hour everywhere? Let's check your driving record to see if you as perfect as you project!
48 years old and NEVER had an accident. I go the speed limit unless their is less than favorable conditions. Sunday was a good example - on M21 on the way to Ionia and water was pooled on the road - I noticed the pulling so I went about 15 miles slower than posted. There is a difference between wet roads and water pooling on the roads. People need to use their head. Accidents happen because people are in a hurry and going too fast for conditions(tailgating), not paying attention, or just don't know any better.
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#15 Sep 16, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Hydroplaning is about lousy drivers in many cases! A good driver does not drive through standing water unless he is positive that it does not get very deep and he can see the road is intact under the water and then only does it very slowly. One of the favorite shots for TV cameramen appear to be the one of a vehicle driving through the water throwing water high in the air!
Again, I am a Officer trained in investigating these situations, I am curious. Where does your training and experience come from that makes you feel you are an expert on the situation?
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#16 Sep 16, 2008
Baby Jane Howard wrote:
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48 years old and NEVER had an accident. I go the speed limit unless their is less than favorable conditions. Sunday was a good example - on M21 on the way to Ionia and water was pooled on the road - I noticed the pulling so I went about 15 miles slower than posted. There is a difference between wet roads and water pooling on the roads. People need to use their head. Accidents happen because people are in a hurry and going too fast for conditions(tailgating), not paying attention, or just don't know any better.
You think you are such an expert simply because you have a license to drive. As usual, you are speaking based on opinion. You have your head up you hiney. Again, I am a trained professional, what training and experience do you have to back up your theory? Let me guess, because You drive, you know everything. Leave this poor lady alone and go back to mowing your lawns.
Sam

United States

#17 Sep 16, 2008
>Investigators say high water in the road may have caused the accident.<

Which is WHY they repeatedly tell people not to drive through water ... yet they still do.

rval3

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Sep 16, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
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Hydroplaning is about lousy drivers in many cases!
Agreed; Probably driving too fast for conditions; posted speed limits are speed limits for DRY road conditions; We are supposed to decrease our speed even in rain;

ALSO:

Don't use cruise control during winter conditions such as when it is snowing or icy or under other slippery conditions such as when it is raining.

...The cruise control is designed for normal road conditions. It doesn't know when the pavement is slippery. Under slick conditions, you need to be in complete control and monitoring road conditions. You're more likely to notice hydroplaning if you are not relying on the cruise control.
...With some cars, it is possible that the wheels will actually spin faster when the cruise control is on and the car hits a slippery spot. When the tires make contact with firm road again, the car can skid or lose control.
...On most cars, the cruise control is disengaged by tapping on the brake. In an emergency, this adds a fraction of a second to your response time as well as the risk of the braking action itself causing a loss of control on a slippery road.

rval3

Since: Jul 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Sep 16, 2008
Zuker wrote:
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Again, I am a Officer trained in investigating these situations, I am curious. Where does your training and experience come from that makes you feel you are an expert on the situation?
And I AM an Officer trained in determining who is a Troll.....Now GET BACK UNDER YOUR BRIDGE
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#20 Sep 16, 2008
rval3 wrote:
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Agreed; Probably driving too fast for conditions; posted speed limits are speed limits for DRY road conditions; We are supposed to decrease our speed even in rain;
ALSO:
Don't use cruise control during winter conditions such as when it is snowing or icy or under other slippery conditions such as when it is raining.
...The cruise control is designed for normal road conditions. It doesn't know when the pavement is slippery. Under slick conditions, you need to be in complete control and monitoring road conditions. You're more likely to notice hydroplaning if you are not relying on the cruise control.
...With some cars, it is possible that the wheels will actually spin faster when the cruise control is on and the car hits a slippery spot. When the tires make contact with firm road again, the car can skid or lose control.
...On most cars, the cruise control is disengaged by tapping on the brake. In an emergency, this adds a fraction of a second to your response time as well as the risk of the braking action itself causing a loss of control on a slippery road.
It also continues your speed, and often times increases it when you leave the roadway. And this is a too fast for conditions. This exists ANYTIME a vehicle/driver encounters conditions for which it/they cannot maneuver out of. This is a catch all for accidents, however that doesn't mean this woman is a lousy driver.
n2mutts

Deerfield, IL

#21 Sep 16, 2008
Baby Jane Howard wrote:
God some people are lousy drivers!
if you read the story, this happened at 10 PM !
It is dark out at 10 PM.
I know I would not have been able to see water over the road at 10 PM at any speed.
This is not about bad driving it is just a bad situation that happend to a good person.

At 10 pm you see only what your headlights can show you. it could have happened to any one.
Zuker

Redwood City, CA

#22 Sep 16, 2008
rval3 wrote:
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And I AM an Officer trained in determining who is a Troll.....Now GET BACK UNDER YOUR BRIDGE
Ahhh, I see you went to Rval 3. What's the matter, they kick you out of Rval2 for way too many posts. Starting again. I'm sorry, but I don't ever remember you telling us what your occupation was. I think we asked you day after day, week after week, month after month and finally gave up. I remember you saying that your cousin twice removed was married to a doctor, which made you the expert. Again Rval, tell us what your education is. Common Rval.....

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