Accident April 16 2009 18 wheeler
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Salyersville, KY

#61 Jul 25, 2010
family friend wrote:
There is no justification for how Mr. Anton was driving. Big Rig drivers need to exercise much more responsibility than drivers of small vehicles. That is why they are required to get a special liscense. Common sense should have dictated to Mr. Anton that driving a 50 ton vehicle 70 mph in blizzard conditions was a very bad idea. He lost sight of his responsibility, and now people are dead. If time is his living, then he needs to manage his time better. Go see the little girl who's head was almost crushed in this accident, look at the over 400 stitches and staples in her head, and ask her if a truck driver's convenience is more important than her life and the lives of her lost family. Big rig drivers rarely get hurt in accidents they cause, it is always the other guy, in the small car, that either dies or is maimed. Slow it down!
This family has my condolenses and best wishes for the survivors. I do not know the situation or conditions, other than what I read here, but I am a truck driver, so please be asured that most of us would not do something like drive an 80,000 lb vehicle in hazardous conditions at 70mph! We have more sense than that,,and we have more hours and more experience than any other driver on the road in all terrain, weather and conditions. The majority of us are careful, responsible, and excellent drivers who try to be courteous and helpful to others,,thats how the name "knights of the road:, came about. The problem is , that when one does commit such a heinous deed and screws up, he does it big time,,because of the size of the vehicle,,they do massive damage and it gets massive attention, when the fact is, this is a rare thing, but as I said, when it does,,it does it in a big way.
If this gentleman is indeed guilty of what I am reading on here, he should have his license confiscated and spend a long time in jail.
Emily and Grace

Morenci, AZ

#62 Dec 1, 2010
I am one of the EMT's that was there during your tradgedy. Those girls, Emily and Grace, are gifts from God and definately shined upon!! I believe that God was definately surrounding them that day and their Father will be watching them from above. God's strength will pull you through anything even when you feel you are at your darkest day. Your family changed my life - the Girl's will forever be in my heart and my thoughts everyday and the strength that you showed in the emergency room that night for your girls will forever be a model for me.
Teri Watson

Sparks, NV

#63 Apr 12, 2011
Thank you Angeleyes for your kind words. Coming up on the 2 year anniversary of this horrible day is in itself another battle that I will endure because I have to. I dont hate truck drivers, as I have many many family members who drive truck and I know what an important job it is to keep this country up and running. All I ask is that you be responsible, be catious and know that people are injured and killed every day by semi trucks in this country. Its needless and the effects of those accidents reach a lot farther than most will ever know.

To the EMT that posted - please if you get this message - email me as soon as possible. I have an email set up specifically for you to contact me. I would love to personally thank you and send pictures of the girls as they are today. They are miracles and never cease to amaze me with the huge battles they have overcome and continue to overcome even today. Those out on that highway that horrible day and in the hospital will never ever know the gratitude I feel for all that was done for me, my girls and my husband. The kindness and love given to 4 complete strangers is something that I will never forget. I appreciate your kind words on my strength as I do not remember it as being strong, just as trying to put things together so that what was unfolding in front of me would in some way make sense. almost 2 years later I am still trying.

For all those who were so critical of me and my family and the loved ones of mine who came to this page to stand up and support me - know this and know it well - I forgave the man who did this and I have given no more thought to him since the sentencing, hating him was only causing me more harm and I will not allow anyone to have that power over me. Those on here who have spoken out behind nicknames may not know the pain that they inflicted or maybe they do. Honestly it no longer matters what others believe or think. The evidence and the outcome have spoken loud and clear. There are so many "what ifs" from that day, so many things that I wish could have been different, yet with or without my blessings, life for all around us has gone on. The only thing I want to make very clear is that my husband, Andrew, did not die while we were arguing. Like any family who had been in the car for 15 hours, we were tired, anxious to get to our destination and fearful of the conditions and the lack of visability that we had. The fact that we were frustrated about the best way to clear the windshield without putting any of us in danger was overwhelming and yes, voices may have been elevated. Regardless, less than 1/2 an hour before, Andrew, our girls and I stopped for lunch, laughed and hugged excited to know that we were almost to Denver, almost to the place he so desperately wanted to show his girls, and nothing that anyone can say or do will ever change that.
If ANYONE would like to speak to me and know what happened feel free to email me. I have nothing to hide. I never have. I was awake and aware of every moment after regaining conciousness. It has not gone away, the memories are as clear as if they happened yesterday.
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Teri Watson - Proud Wife of Andrew Watson and Blessed Mother of Emily and Grace

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