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A lesson about sleep apnea. . .
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I just had a wild experience.  I'm having my driveway repaved.  At the street there was warning signs, flaggers. and a big tandem axle dump truck parked on the side of the road.  A driver, an older fellow, came barreling down the road, hit one of the flaggers, full body, and then the dump truck head-on.  The flagger was knocked up on the car's windshield and then reversed direction and completely over the front of the dump truck.  Needless to say the flagger is what we use to call "low sick".  The driver stated that he fell asleep and was awoken when he heard the sound of hitting the flagger.  WOW!  Talk about a prime example for treatment of sleep apnea.
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Wow Red,
I had a similar experience about 6 years ago.  I worked for a highway construction firm in the accounting department, and once a week would travel to job sites to gather all the payroll data.  

One time, as I was pulling up to the construction trailer to talk with the supervisors, I heard the sound of a driver crashing into barrels, along with hitting a flagger head on.
She was thrown quite a distance.  Needless to say, she didn't make it.

Later found out that the driver had sleep apnea, but refused treatment. At the time, I didn't know much about Sleep Apnea, but will never forget witnessing that accident.
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My personal experience of falling asleep at the wheel from fatigue, a micro-sleep, and undiagnosed SA.... fortunately nobody was injured, only took out trees and wheelie bins, the Mercedes was a write off though- overpriced piece of crap, if it had been a Ford Transit it would have been deemed repairable as it was really only mainly panel damage.

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#4
I am amazed at the number of people I have met over the years that have sleep apnea - have had the studies and machine and don't use it.
Also amazed at the many people who know they have it and don't seek help.
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(04-21-2017, 07:11 PM)Ockrocket Wrote: My personal experience of falling asleep at the wheel from fatigue, a micro-sleep, and undiagnosed SA.... fortunately nobody was injured, only took out trees and wheelie bins, the Mercedes was a write off though- overpriced piece of crap, if it had been a Ford Transit it would have been deemed repairable as it was really only mainly panel damage.

 [Image: 20160303_164310_zps6xdcaioy.jpg]

Looks like a Mercedes Sprinter.
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(04-25-2017, 02:23 AM)holden4th Wrote:
(04-21-2017, 07:11 PM)Ockrocket Wrote: My personal experience of falling asleep at the wheel from fatigue, a micro-sleep, and undiagnosed SA.... fortunately nobody was injured, only took out trees and wheelie bins, the Mercedes was a write off though- overpriced piece of crap, if it had been a Ford Transit it would have been deemed repairable as it was really only mainly panel damage.

 [Image: 20160303_164310_zps6xdcaioy.jpg]

Looks like a Mercedes Sprinter.

Was a Mercedes Sprinter is the operative word in this case... it is no longer 'Sprinter-ing' anywhere.  Bigwink
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#7
I need to schedule my "awake study" in a month so that I can get a waiver to fly military aircraft. Gotta sit in a dim room in a comfy chair for 45 minutes without falling asleep.
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