he was driving on the road, so the disc was up except for the tires. very sad. it's amazing the tractor didnt do any other damage as it travelled another 3 miles. they havent said if he had a heart attack, seizure, etc yet.
And no, this isn't something that only happens in Iowa....
I have a customer that has an old Ingersal Rand 84" vibratory roller...this this is 20 + years old and has a massive Detroit Diesel motor that is louder than hell. They call it the shrimp boat...or "the shrimper"...I think because it's so loud. When I ask them about trading it in for a newer one they told me..."Can't do it...nothin' can stop the shrimper. We'll never give that one up" Then they told me the story.
About 10 + years ago they were working just north of the 1604 loop (outer loop in San Antonio) off I-10. At that time there wasn't much out that way for development or buildings...now it's blown up. They had some new guy, some little Mexican dude that they put on this thing. Evidently he forgot how to stop it, quickly freaked out and jumped off before he ran it into the woods. They were all working away from him when it happened and heard him scream as he jumped off. They were trying to stop him before he did it but couldn't.
The roller just kept right on going into the woods, running over trees and brush (trees are not huge down here). They ran off after it, but it they couldn't follow in pickups and there was no way to catch it on foot as the terrain was too rough. After chasing it for a while and making no progress the owner told them all to high tail it out of there as it was obvious they couldn't stop it. I think they were going to blame it on kids if something happened.
The next morning they went back and started to 'track' it down. It had gone about 5 miles before it finally found some trees it couldn't plow over and had run out of fuel. They had to trek back there with diesel and then drive it back. "We were lucky there wasn't anything back there...that baby would have went right through a house or school!".
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