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Author Topic: My Toad got beat up by an Alligator!  (Read 3657 times)
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« on: May 06, 2008, 03:55:05 PM »

On our return trip from wintering in FL to our beautiful mountains in western NC our trip was punctuated with one mishap I don't care to have a return engagement with......

Just south of Macon on I-75 I was peacefully tooling along between 60-65 in surprisingly light traffic. Ahead of me I spotted an Alligator lying crosswise directly in my lane. Quickly checking the left mirror I realized that the trucker about to pass me knew nothing about my predicament and wasn't about to read a turn signal.

I took the crittur head on as I had no choice. The front axle probably disturbed its' slumber and the rear duals really peed it off...so by the time it got to my Toad, a 2005 Scion, it was really snarling. It was a mess to say the least.  All this, of course I was unaware of and it didn't penetrate my 4" thick skull that the Toad might have had a problem...hell it didn't bother the bus!

The Scion sits very low to ground it has a problem getting over my pain threshold. There's a bunch of tore up plastic sitting on 4 wheels...and the insurance Company tells me that it has to be repaired under my Collision Coverage ($500.00 deductible) even though the bus  caused the problem. "You can't be the plaintiff and the defendant at the same time".

Trust that next time I see a 'gator on the road, when I'm in my car, I'll make a u-turn if necessary and pull that rascal off the road.  Wish someone has done that for me.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2008, 04:10:27 PM »

Any Photos?  The thing was alive, is this correct? How fast are we talkin'?  How big a critter?  Need way more information.....g
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2008, 04:15:23 PM »

It's only a guess but I think he means a tread from a truck tire...

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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2008, 04:19:29 PM »

Sorry to hear your unfortune "luck"

Glad that no one got hurt in the accident,

Good luck with the repairs of the toad,

Does the Alligator/tread have representation, or maybe that would have only happened in NJ...

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2008, 04:21:35 PM »

Was this animal or rubber??
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2008, 04:24:20 PM »

Ummm,

I think Bob was talking about a tiregator, hopefully. I'd hate to think he viciously attacked a kindly, well meaning itty bitty alligator!




Any Photos?  The thing was alive, is this correct? How fast are we talkin'?  How big a critter?  Need way more information.....g
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2008, 04:27:32 PM »

No, it WAS the living, breathing kind.....or so I am told....

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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2008, 04:55:17 PM »

Ummm,
I think Bob was talking about a tiregator, hopefully. I'd hate to think he viciously attacked a kindly, well meaning itty bitty alligator!

I think thats a Aggravator!    Tongue

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008, 05:57:38 PM »

Isn't that called aggrivated alligator assault (would that be alligated assault?)  or something like that?

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008, 07:48:25 PM »

Isn't that called aggrivated alligator assault (would that be alligated assault?)  or something like that?



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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008, 08:00:20 PM »

SuperPicle, I drove that Scion a while back.  Don't underestimate them.  They are very roomy and drive nice!
In fact, I may get one for out toad too!
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2008, 08:03:33 PM »

I'm excersizing all the self control I can muster lol.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2008, 09:23:25 PM »

I'm sure Bob meant a tire tread gator.  If not, then maybe his last name is actually Dundee.


Trust that next time I see a 'gator on the road, when I'm in my car, I'll make a u-turn if necessary and pull that rascal off the road.  Wish someone has done that for me.

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2008, 09:26:57 PM »

Just a word of caution. If you stop to pull chunk of rubber out of the road it can be hotter than hell and have little wire barbs. Use gloves.
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2008, 05:51:59 AM »

 Bob, please dont stop and try to pull a real alligator from the road by the tail, some of us like you!!
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