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Uber Driver Says He Was Struck by Plane That Crashed on 405 Freeway

Discussion in 'News' started by BurgerTiime, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. BurgerTiime

    BurgerTiime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Minneapolis
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    Lyft
    http://ktla.com/2017/06/30/uber-driver-says-he-was-struck-by-plane-that-crashed-on-405-freeway/
    An Uber driver said his pickup truck was struck by a small plane that crashed on the 405 Freeway in Orange County on Friday.




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    Uber driver Blackstone Hamilton looks at his damaged truck after a plane crash on June 30, 2017. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. when a Cessna 310 had some kind of malfunction and the pilot tried unsuccessfully to return to John Wayne Airport.

    The plane hit the southbound freeway in the area of MacArthur Boulevard. Its two occupants were hospitalized with traumatic injuries, authorities said.

    Uber driver Blackstone Hamilton said his blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was spun around by the impact of the plane. He at first thought the truck was hit by a big rig.

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    A tow truck arrives to remove Hamilton Blackstone’s truck from the 405 Freeway on June 30, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Speaking to a freelance news photographer, Hamilton said he had a passenger in the pickup when the truck was hit.

    “Saw flames all around us,” Hamilton said. ”Essentially, I was just trying to regain control of my vehicle. At the end of that, checked my passenger, made sure he was OK and gave each other a hug – that we were still alive.”

    The truck has serious damage to both sides of its rear end.

    Hamilton said the truck was pushed into the freeway’s center divider.

    Caltrans District 12 indicated that four to six vehicles were hit by the plane, but no one was injured.
    Updated interview:
    http://abc7.com/news/uber-driver-describes-moment-plane-clipped-his-car-on-405/2168859/
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2017
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  2. backstreets-trans

    backstreets-trans Well-Known Member

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    So my first reaction was disbelief that Uber lets 2 door pickups on the platform. Who wants to pay to get crammed into the back of one of those. My second reaction is that so many drivers don't know all the risks we put ourselves through for pennies on the dollar.
     
  3. jfinks

    jfinks Well-Known Member

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    KS
    Probably an off the clock Uber driver.
     
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  4. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

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    new orleans , la.
    Cant even crash a plane without hitting an Uber nowadays !
    SATURATION.
     
  5. PrestonT

    PrestonT Well-Known Member

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    "Had a pessenger in the pickup when the truck was hit"

    Post of the Day
     
  6. jfinks

    jfinks Well-Known Member

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    KS
    Bet that is a 1 star ride.
     
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  7. Telsa34

    Telsa34 Well-Known Member

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    Well if he reports in Uber he's going to have to pay $1,000 deductible out of his own pocket and now that he's posted all over the news media that he drives for Uber he won't be able to report it to his own insurance company unless he has a commercial insurance policy.
     
  8. Trafficat

    Trafficat Moderator Moderator

    Location:
    Reno, NV
    More like a driver driving a vehicle that he wasn't approved to drive.

    I bet Uber covers nothing and his insurance covers nothing.

    Maybe the pilot's insurance will cover something though.
     
  9. jfinks

    jfinks Well-Known Member

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    KS
    Yep for sure, shouldn't have been driving that. But the plane would have hit a 4 door car also. Unfortunate situation all around.
     
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  10. backstreets-trans

    backstreets-trans Well-Known Member

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  11. jfinks

    jfinks Well-Known Member

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    He gonna be uber fired either way.
     
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  12. Jo3030

    Jo3030 Moderator Moderator

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    Scam.
     
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  13. uberdriverfornow

    uberdriverfornow Well-Known Member

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    "passenger" can simply mean a passenger friend, not in the sense of Uber passenger
     
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  14. geauxfish

    geauxfish Well-Known Member

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    Holy crap funny but true
     
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  15. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

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    new orleans , la.
    For the plane passenger or for the uber
     
  16. Jagent

    Jagent Moderator Moderator

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    Kentucky
    You can register any car as a 2nd vehicle. My two door muscle car was approved. Another driver on the forum registered a Corvette and Uber approved it.
     
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  17. backstreets-trans

    backstreets-trans Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like good samaritans pulled the plane passengers out and they'll survive. That's one amusement ride that they'll soon not forget.

     
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  18. tohunt4me

    tohunt4me Well-Known Member

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    The truck does have back doors. Just have to open the front doors to open them.
    Turning propellers can be scary.
    Lucky for all things turned out as good as they did.

    Four to six vehiclles were hit by the plane.
    One was an uber.
    So, 1/4 to 1/6 of the vehicles on road are Uber ?
    Driving around 50% of the time or more empty.
    Soooooo
    1/8 of Global Warming is caused by Uber !?!?
     

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  19. Trafficat

    Trafficat Moderator Moderator

    Location:
    Reno, NV
    That's awesome. I think a pax might love a ride in a Corvette or a Mustang. Uber should approve any vehicle IMO. Pax should declare number of passengers when they make a ride request, and it should just ping vehicles with enough seats, and also have a luggage checkbox. If that's too complicated, the default check boxes could be 4 pax and luggage. If I pinged an Uber and I was by myself it would be awesome to get picked up by a corvette.
     
  20. PrestonT

    PrestonT Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Uber requires four fully and independently opening doors.
     

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