Winter storm claims fatality on U.S. 550

Monday's winter storm claimed the life of a New Mexico man who lost control of his truck near the county line on U.S. 550. Full Story
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Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#1 Dec 8, 2009
Saw the accident. Seat belts whould have saved this man. I'm wearing mine from now on! No more "lip" about being forced to wear a seatbelt from me.
gottaknow

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Dec 8, 2009
Where on 550?
It's a long highway and knowing the mile
marker and "county line" does not give us
enough information.
well-now hear this

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Dec 8, 2009
gottaknow wrote:
Where on 550?
It's a long highway and knowing the mile
marker and "county line" does not give us
enough information.
Around twin pines north of Lybrook
Yup

United States

#4 Dec 8, 2009
Hogmac Jack wrote:
Saw the accident. Seat belts whould have saved this man. I'm wearing mine from now on! No more "lip" about being forced to wear a seatbelt from me.
Good for you Hogmac! I've been a firefighter/EMT for many years, as both a vollie and paid. I've seen hundreds of accidents and believe me, SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES! Please, please put one on. Everytime, everyday. Put your children in their car seats, no matter how much they complain. Wouldn't it be better to listen to them complain for a few hours versus never hearing their beautiful voices again? My heart and prayers go out to the family for their tragic loss.
Bug Tex

Phoenix, AZ

#6 Dec 8, 2009
Big Tex was invloved in a jeep roll over when the front passenger tire rolled over black ice. I was not wearing a seta belt and was ejected out, landing in the snow and frozen ground. Broke my ankle, a few ribs and scared my head some, But I lived. If I had the seat belt on, the jeep would have crushed me, as it rolled several times down the side of the road, landing on its top. There is some instances that wearing a seat belt would do more harm than good.
native

Herndon, VA

#7 Dec 8, 2009
Rest in Peace Jimmy Shendo Much Love! You WILL live on thru your MUSIC!

“Talk is Cheap”

Since: Feb 09

Location hidden

#8 Dec 8, 2009
Even after they widened and paved this stretch of hwy, it is still one of the most hazardous roadways in NM....
Maybe

Chinle, AZ

#9 Dec 8, 2009
This is why we need a sub station in that area...Some tax payers(as if they pay alot)are constantly complaining about this sub station. The station would help ppl in need of emergency. RIP Shendo.
real eyes

Blanding, UT

#10 Dec 8, 2009
I have driven this stretch of road during snow storms and it is treacheroous. Driving 20 - 30 mph I have done and have observed IDIOTS driving much faster and landing skidding off the road. People, when there is snow on the roads SLOW DOWN! PLEASE!

I dont know anything about this accident and am not calling the deceased any name, just those who insist on driving crazy!

RIP in Jimmy Shendo
employee

Englewood, CO

#11 Dec 8, 2009
I hope the idiots who run the local school districts, where employees drive 60 - 100 miles to get to work, read about this accident. Having school on a day like today was just BEGGING for a fatal accident involving teachers.

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Dec 8, 2009
I drive that road all the time and have lost count of how many nasty, sometimes fatal, accidents I have seen on it. It is a dangerous highway even without snow and ice.
Super trucker

Waxahachie, TX

#13 Dec 8, 2009
What the heck are "bobtailed trailers"?
uncle biggy

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Dec 8, 2009
Super trucker wrote:
What the heck are "bobtailed trailers"?
Interesting thought

“26.2”

Since: Feb 08

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Dec 8, 2009
Super trucker wrote:
What the heck are "bobtailed trailers"?
Bobtailed trailer is a good example of an oxymoron.
one love

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Dec 9, 2009
This was such a tragic accident but no matter what,your memory lives on through your family, friends and music. You will never be forgotten. We will always love you!!
Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#17 Dec 11, 2009
Bug Tex wrote:
Big Tex was invloved in a jeep roll over when the front passenger tire rolled over black ice. I was not wearing a seta belt and was ejected out, landing in the snow and frozen ground. Broke my ankle, a few ribs and scared my head some, But I lived. If I had the seat belt on, the jeep would have crushed me, as it rolled several times down the side of the road, landing on its top. There is some instances that wearing a seat belt would do more harm than good.
There are exceptions to every rule. For the majority of instances, SEAT BELTS SAVE LIFES! This is a free country, with laws. In a free society, you are free to face the consequences and reprocusions of breaking the law, if and when you are lucky enough to do so. Put a bag over your head so the passerbys and rescue folks don't have to see that blank stare in your eyes when they pull you out of your mangled wreck, please.
Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#18 Dec 11, 2009
Super trucker wrote:
What the heck are "bobtailed trailers"?
No such animal. That's like saying a quad runner with 2 wheels. Just the DT being themselves. Drive on, keep on trucking. Mr. Black would have called that a oximoran and DT crew a bunch of morans. RIP, Mr. Black. Thanks 2 u, I can write a little. RIP
Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#19 Dec 11, 2009
Maybe wrote:
This is why we need a sub station in that area...Some tax payers(as if they pay alot)are constantly complaining about this sub station. The station would help ppl in need of emergency. RIP Shendo.
Not enough mormons out there to justify a substation. Natives are expendable in the eyes of the white politicions. Kirtland has a substation and a golfcourse purchased with our tax dollars. Don't mention the fact that it is a money burner. Only the stupid county decision makers would make such a "decision" to buy it. Anything for the local mormies. The county will soon build them a Temple with our tax dollars.
Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#20 Dec 11, 2009
gottaknow wrote:
Where on 550?
It's a long highway and knowing the mile
marker and "county line" does not give us
enough information.
"County line" says it all. Out there, there are no street names or streets. You sound the UPS and FedEx saying "everyone has a physical address". Welcome to the stix!
Hogmac Jack

Chinle, AZ

#21 Dec 11, 2009
employee wrote:
I hope the idiots who run the local school districts, where employees drive 60 - 100 miles to get to work, read about this accident. Having school on a day like today was just BEGGING for a fatal accident involving teachers.
School board members should be made to walk in the shoes of a third grader from Sweetwater Chaco Canyon, or Blanco Canyon just one day in January from the time that child gets up to the time he/she goes to bed on a "normal school day. Let me recap, get up about 3:30 a.m. Wash in cold water, light a lantern, go to the outhouse, maybe start a fire to cook breakfast. Walk about 1-3 miles to the bus stop. Hope the bus did not get stuck on the miles of dirt roads,(mud boggs that time of the year) thaw out on the bus on the way to school. Hope your fingers start working again in order to hold a pencil. Get back on the bus about 3:30 p.m. Hope the bus does not get stuck before getting to your bus stop. Walk home in the dark about 8:00 if you are lucky, arrive at home. Temperatures in the morning and evening are about 0-10 degrees on a warm day. Don't even mention the howling wind. Don't even mention the road condition of the State "maintained" highway. Life is good, somewhere. When these kids grow up and say, I'm proud to be Navajo, believe them. They are survivors of conditions that have been imposed upon them. Is there any wonder why some of them are "angry" when they grow up and see the County buying a golf course that historically has lost money. Go figure!

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