What Caused The Accident???

Yesterday my Blog entry was entitled…”We Survive A Terrible Accident. If you missed it, you can read it by clicking this link…

I’ve had a number of people ask me…”What caused the accident?”. I’ll answer that question today.

First of all, this is the vehicle involved in the accident. It’s a 1952, 6 wheel drive, 2.5 ton truck chassis built by General Motors Corporation. You can read all about this vehicle by clicking this link…

Mary is sitting in the front left passenger seat. This is where we both were sitting when the vehicle rolled over to the left until it ended upside down. We had a real good view of the happenings!

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

This is the scene of the accident…

and here’s photo of what caused the accident…

That bolt slips through a hole on the tie rod and is affixed there by a nut secured by a cotter pin which holds the nut in place. After I got out from under the vehicle, for stability I leaned against the front left tire which, because the vehicle is upside down, is now on the left side as you look at the photo of the accident scene. While there another guy pointed out the missing nut and cotter pin and said..:”Here’s the problem!”. Sure enough that’s what caused the accident. Once that nut fell off the bolt and separated from the tie rod assembly, the driver could no longer steer the vehicle.

Now you know what caused the accident.

Late yesterday morning the owner of the Thunderbird Lodge and hence the tour company, stopped by to visit with me…Mary was in the motorhome sleeping. She expressed her apologies and condolences and told me that she and her chief mechanic had just returned from the scene of the accident. She acknowledged the missing nut and cotter pin was the cause of the accident and will do what ever it takes to make things right. She also told me she has been here for thirty years, that they have made several thousand of these trips into the canyons without an accident. I’m most pleased she came to visit me and with her attitude about the whole affair.

I’m not of a mind to sit down and write a long story of the accident. However it’s my intention to provide short daily Blog entries over the next few days until I’ve covered the whole story. For further details, just continue to monitor the Blog daily for the next few days.

We both feel a whole lot better this morning than we felt yesterday. It appears we are both slowly healing.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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5 thoughts on “What Caused The Accident???

  1. Megan Ross

    Dear Jim,
    I just want to let you know that your blog has been picked up locally in Chinle and is performing a wonderful service in stopping rumors and providing accurate information about the terrible accident. This is a small community and everyone is connected to everyone else in some way. We have all been touched and are concerned about the accident and the people involved. Thank you for the photos and doing the blog. You have done much to help the community heal.
    Megan Ross

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Megan, Thanks for your nice comments. I’m sorry that it had to be for such a sad occasion. Jim

  2. Jocelin

    Hello Mary and Jim, I am very glad you are okay. I hope the others heal both physically and mentally from this tragedy. I am from Chinle and wanted to stop by to ask if there is anything i could do for you.

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Jocelin,
      Thank you for your message and offer of assistance. Fortunately several others have already stopped to offer their assistance . Jim and Mary

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