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Road Dentistry… 2-1-2015

So in my effort to always stay abreast of current events and on top of world events, I peruse several news outlets on a regular basis. I recently came across this intriguing headline:

CRASH ON INTERSTATE CAUSED BY TRUCKER PULLING HIS TOOTH

http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2015/01/troopers_trucker_pulling_his_o.html

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“… the driver lost control while he was pulling one of his teeth.”

I thought, “Surely this isn’t as it reads.” Sadly… it was.

“… the truck driver told troopers he had taken his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth when he wrecked…”

“… The crash shut down a stretch of interstate for about 11 hours until a single lane reopened…” (NOTE- Most of the closure time was due to excessive celebration of a person with a tooth being found in Alabama. Local news outlets reported that several residents showed up at the scene to “celebrate” the driver of the truck).

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Several things popped to mind as I processed this story:

– What has this country come to that we are reduced to self-dentistry?

– Where did they find someone in Alabama with a tooth? (Note – obviously just a visitor passing through).

– He wrecked the truck… but had the presence of mind to save the tooth in his shirt pocket.

– Did the shirt have sleeves? (Hey… it IS Alabama).

– Is the number of the Interstate where the incident happened (I-20) higher than the number of teeth of those responding to the incident? (Again… it IS Alabama).

– Why was the driver’s name redacted from the report? It should be publicized so we can protect ourselves from such an idiot.

– Is this person related to me?

– Should I inventory MY teeth to see if it WAS me?

– What does it say about me that I regularly share these type news items?

It was also reported that one spectator was nearly cited for continually heckling the “Law” for citing the driver involved.

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It appears he was chanting through his “tooth” to “Le’ ‘im go… Le’ ‘im go… Le’ ‘im go… ” Not arrests were made in the end.

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