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2 horses die, wagon destroyed in wreck with cross-country traveler

 

New Hampshire native Bob Skelding, 49, rests with his horses Deedee, Joyce, Dollie and Doc on Friday afternoon along the side of Highway 45 North near Columbus Air Force Base. Skelding and his four horses were in an accident today, killing two of the horses.

New Hampshire native Bob Skelding, 49, rests with his horses Deedee, Joyce, Dollie and Doc on Friday afternoon along the side of Highway 45 North near Columbus Air Force Base. Skelding and his four horses were in an accident today, killing two of the horses. Photo by: Neal Wagner

 

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Link Link: Bob Skelding's travel blog

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A New Hampshire man, who told a Dispatch reporter last week he was on a "journey of a lifetime" that brought him through nine states, dozens of towns and more than 1,700 miles, was in a wreck on Highway 45 today that demolished his horse-drawn recreational vehicle and killed two of his four horses. 

 


The wreck happened on Highway 45 South near Shuqualak on the Kemper-Noxubee county line. Bob Skelding, 49, was driving his team of horses on a stretch of roadway that had little or no shoulder. Two 18-wheelers traveling side-by-side crested a hill, and one of the trucks hit the RV from behind. 

 


Skelding was in critical condition in a Meridian hospital. The two surviving horses were being cared for by a nearby veterinarian. 

 


Since August, Skelding had been traveling along the highways and backroads of rural America in the horse-drawn RV. The 7,700-pound RV, built by Skelding, housed a bed, a bathroom, a shower, a kitchen and other "things you would find in any home." 

 


Skelding passed through the Columbus area on Friday and Saturday. 

 


Before the accident, Skelding maintained an online blog and posted details of his journey nearly every day at www.wagonteamster.com.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment Lauren Wolfe commented at 2/10/2009 4:40:00 PM:

I sure hope they are able to bury the horses in a proper area where people can pay their respects, I also hope they find the person who took his dog.

 

Article Comment shelly commented at 2/10/2009 5:15:00 PM:

i am so upset BOB you are one helluva guy

 

Article Comment C commented at 2/10/2009 5:18:00 PM:

I passed that guy on my way home from work last Friday. He was moving VERY slowly and I wondered how many near misses he had with passing cars, especially when crossing bridges where there is no shoulder. I hate that for him and his team of horses. How awful?!

 

Article Comment Ash commented at 2/10/2009 5:33:00 PM:

I hate his journey ended this way, but it was a very dangerous situation that should have been handled before this happened.

 

Article Comment Sarah commented at 2/10/2009 5:40:00 PM:

I called Lowndes 911 when we saw him on the 82 Interstate after dark with no lights and they almost laughed at me when I told them what I saw. Even the highway patrol didn't take me serious. I am sorry this happened. I can't believe he made it this far without a serious accident.

 

Article Comment mary commented at 2/10/2009 7:47:00 PM:

I myself have traveled with the wagon train to the Dixie Nationals in Jackson, MS. While we had no accidents like this, I have to say that some people have no respect for the well being of riders, passengers, or the livestock. They honk their horns spooking horses and mules, they won't move over and give a little more space when needed. They have no regard for the safety of others. They think it is funny when they blow their horns or goose the engine and make the horses rear up and dump the rider or worse.
Indeed, the wagon train, or horse drawn wagons are a thing of the past, but they paved the way to the automobiles you are driving now. Without the horse, we would not be where we are today. I can only hope that people will begin to respect the horse for all of the opportunities its suffering has allowed us. Please respect these beautiful graceful creatures and give them a little space when needed. These animals have brought coal from the mines, logs from the hills and hollows, pulled the plow so that we may not starve, carried us when we ourselves could not walk, brought the Doctor to our homes, carted ice when we had no refrigerators, carried our dead to the cemetery, fought in our wars and carried us to victory. Horses made the trails that became roads, they pulled stage coaches and took people wherever they needed to go. Horses deserve our respect, they have served man well.
A final thought is I have no doubt Mr. Skelding feels like he has lost two of his best companions. I feel for him, and for the two horses remaining, as they too have lost companions. I do hope they are not injured severely, and that they will be able to cope with this horrible incident. I applaud all those who helped in whatever way they could. To the person who took the dog, RETURN THE DOG TODAY! How can you add more misery to this man's loss. Don't you know the dog is suffering the loss too. He needs his master, and the master needs him too.

 

Article Comment marti commented at 2/10/2009 9:04:00 PM:

my family's thoughts and prayers are with this kind gentleman, great guy with a great philosophy "slow down, enjoy life, spend more time with your family" he camped out behind our clinic in booneville, ms. his horses were gentle giants, my kids got on their backs while they grazed, mr bob loved his animals. Mr. Skelding you and your family are in our prayers. Just have faith in God.

 

Article Comment Mickey commented at 2/10/2009 9:19:00 PM:

I live just off the highway where this happened. I didn't see it happen, but I knew something was wrong when traffic was heavier than normal in my neighborhood. I am sorry this happened to him and his traveling horses. I will pray for him and his family.

 

Article Comment Lee commented at 2/10/2009 10:13:00 PM:

Wow.. I cant believe this has happened.. Whom ever took the dog , Please return her to the owners they have suffered enough and so has the dog. If you are too embarrased to return then leave the dog at a public place with a note. Or drop off at the shelter with a note, but dont keep the dog

 

Article Comment CA Berry commented at 2/11/2009 7:13:00 AM:

The Macon Beacon, a local newspaper, has established a fund at the Macon Mississippi Branch of Citizens National Bank for Bob and the surviving horses.

The Bob Skelding Wagonteamster Benefit Fund
Citizens National Bank
P.O. Box 426
Macon, MS 39341

Tel. 662-726-5861

Donations can go directly to that bank or any other Citizens National Bank in Mississippi. The website to view branch locations is www.yourcnb.com.

If donating by check, please make it payable to "The Bob Skelding Wagonteamster Benefit Fund". Thank You.

 

Article Comment George M. Holston commented at 2/11/2009 7:20:00 AM:

Wagonteamster
The unofficial trail map for www.wagonteamster.com
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?client=firefox-a&channel=s&hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=107101990786163263085.00045ff14c3d20dce8acf

The Macon Beacon, a local newspaper, has established a fund at the Macon Mississippi Branch of Citizens National Bank for Bob and the surviving horses.

The Bob Skelding Wagonteamster Benefit Fund
Citizens National Bank
P.O. Box 426
Macon, MS 39341

Tel. 662-726-5861

Donations can go directly to that bank or any other Citizens National Bank in Mississippi. The website to view branch locations is www.yourcnb.com.

If donating by check, please make it payable to "The Bob Skelding Wagonteamster Benefit Fund". Thank You.

 

Article Comment Elizabeth in NH commented at 2/11/2009 8:31:00 AM:

Mary, You took the words right out of my mouth. This man is doing something I can only dream of doing...leaving everything behind to travel cross country. He chose to use his horses and I see nothing wrong with that. More power to him. People are in a hurry to get to nowhere. If they can only stop for a minute, breath and dream, their lives would be so much better. Thank you to everyone who helped Mr. Skelding out. You are kind souls.

 

Article Comment Wendi commented at 2/11/2009 8:41:00 AM:

The man that took the dog had his wife take it to a vet! It is in good hands and will be returned to Bob when he is home.

 

Article Comment wendi commented at 2/11/2009 8:44:00 AM:

Date:

02/11/2009
Guest:4 (Reference ID: 1761796)
Name:Gene
Email Address:thgr8waldopepper@centurytel.net
Where did you meet or see Bob?:at the scene of the accident
Comments:
Despite protests to the contrary from those who read articles in distant newspapers about the accident, and wish to argue facts of which they do not have personal knowledge, I must say that you can't believe everything that you read in the papers. Let me set Katie and anyone else straight and state for the record. The Macon Beacon reporter is correct as to his description of the locale. There was no hillcrest to limit visibility. There were no 'two trucks running side by side'.

I saw the accident occur. I drive a gasoline tanker for a company based in Columbus, MS. At approximately 11:30 cst this morning, I was southbound on US 45, 6.7 miles N. of Scooba, MS, when I came upon Bob. I recognized his rig immediately as I'd seen it this past weekend North of Columbus. I changed lanes left to pass the vehicle. As I checked the right mirror, I observed a T.K. Stanley vehicle changing lanes left to pass Bob also. There was a second T.K. Stanley vehicle following close behind the first. This second vehicle did not change lanes. There occured the impact which blocked the highway for approximately an hour and a half. Two of the beautiful horses were dead at the scene. I cared for Bob until the arrival of emergency medical services. Bob asked about the condition of his horses and of Clementine. I found Clementine and brought her to him until he was being prepared for transport from the scene to Meridian.

There was no one at the scene who appeared to be willing to take custody of Clementine. So, I sent my information with Bob to tell him when he recovers where Clementine is. I transported Clementine to Columbus and gave her to my wife who promptly took her to the vet. As of this writing, Clementine is staying at the vet's overnight for observation. The vet did say that for a dog of her advanced years (a woman never discusses her age) she is doing remarkably well given what she's just been through. She was ambulatory and her kidney/bladder funtions appear normal. If things progress as well in the morning, she'll get a bath and much T.L.C. until she can be reunited with Bob.

 

Article Comment Benn Seabrook Station commented at 2/11/2009 8:44:00 AM:

Our hearts sunk with this news. Please keep posting Bobs condition, our prayers are with him.
Seabrook Nuclear Power Station

 

Article Comment Erin commented at 2/11/2009 9:08:00 AM:

His dog is safe with a friend.

 

Article Comment eric commented at 2/11/2009 9:10:00 AM:

Date:
02/11/2009

Guest:
84 (Reference ID: 1761796)

Name:
Gene

Email Address:
thgr8waldopepper@centurytel.net

Where did you meet or see Bob?:
at the scene of the accident

Comments:

Despite protests to the contrary from those who read articles in distant newspapers about the accident, and wish to argue facts of which they do not have personal knowledge, I must say that you can't believe everything that you read in the papers. Let me set Katie and anyone else straight and state for the record. The Macon Beacon reporter is correct as to his description of the locale. There was no hillcrest to limit visibility. There were no 'two trucks running side by side'.

I saw the accident occur. I drive a gasoline tanker for a company based in Columbus, MS. At approximately 11:30 cst this morning, I was southbound on US 45, 6.7 miles N. of Scooba, MS, when I came upon Bob. I recognized his rig immediately as I'd seen it this past weekend North of Columbus. I changed lanes left to pass the vehicle. As I checked the right mirror, I observed a T.K. Stanley vehicle changing lanes left to pass Bob also. There was a second T.K. Stanley vehicle following close behind the first. This second vehicle did not change lanes. There occured the impact which blocked the highway for approximately an hour and a half. Two of the beautiful horses were dead at the scene. I cared for Bob until the arrival of emergency medical services. Bob asked about the condition of his horses and of Clementine. I found Clementine and brought her to him until he was being prepared for transport from the scene to Meridian.

There was no one at the scene who appeared to be willing to take custody of Clementine. So, I sent my information with Bob to tell him when he recovers where Clementine is. I transported Clementine to Columbus and gave her to my wife who promptly took her to the vet. As of this writing, Clementine is staying at the vet's overnight for observation. The vet did say that for a dog of her advanced years (a woman never discusses her age) she is doing remarkably well given what she's just been through. She was ambulatory and her kidney/bladder funtions appear normal. If things progress as well in the morning, she'll get a bath and much T.L.C. until she can be reunited with Bob.

My thoughts and prayers are with Bob and for his speedy recovery.

 

Article Comment eric commented at 2/11/2009 9:11:00 AM:

Date:
02/11/2009

Guest:
84 (Reference ID: 1761796)

Name:
Gene

Email Address:
thgr8waldopepper@centurytel.net

Where did you meet or see Bob?:
at the scene of the accident

Comments:

Despite protests to the contrary from those who read articles in distant newspapers about the accident, and wish to argue facts of which they do not have personal knowledge, I must say that you can't believe everything that you read in the papers. Let me set Katie and anyone else straight and state for the record. The Macon Beacon reporter is correct as to his description of the locale. There was no hillcrest to limit visibility. There were no 'two trucks running side by side'.

I saw the accident occur. I drive a gasoline tanker for a company based in Columbus, MS. At approximately 11:30 cst this morning, I was southbound on US 45, 6.7 miles N. of Scooba, MS, when I came upon Bob. I recognized his rig immediately as I'd seen it this past weekend North of Columbus. I changed lanes left to pass the vehicle. As I checked the right mirror, I observed a T.K. Stanley vehicle changing lanes left to pass Bob also. There was a second T.K. Stanley vehicle following close behind the first. This second vehicle did not change lanes. There occured the impact which blocked the highway for approximately an hour and a half. Two of the beautiful horses were dead at the scene. I cared for Bob until the arrival of emergency medical services. Bob asked about the condition of his horses and of Clementine. I found Clementine and brought her to him until he was being prepared for transport from the scene to Meridian.

There was no one at the scene who appeared to be willing to take custody of Clementine. So, I sent my information with Bob to tell him when he recovers where Clementine is. I transported Clementine to Columbus and gave her to my wife who promptly took her to the vet. As of this writing, Clementine is staying at the vet's overnight for observation. The vet did say that for a dog of her advanced years (a woman never discusses her age) she is doing remarkably well given what she's just been through. She was ambulatory and her kidney/bladder funtions appear normal. If things progress as well in the morning, she'll get a bath and much T.L.C. until she can be reunited with Bob.

My thoughts and prayers are with Bob and for his speedy recovery.

 

Article Comment PJ farmer commented at 2/11/2009 9:27:00 AM:

My 2 yr. old son and I stopped back in September to watch Bob and the team. It was so great and my son really enjoyed looking at the horses. I am so saddened by this tragic outcome for something that was so ambitious. Please get well and know that gave great joy to those who saw you along the way and let us watch your progress. Be well, pjf

 

Article Comment Heather commented at 2/11/2009 9:35:00 AM:

This is for Mike. I don't think no charges should be brought against the driver. The driver is a good guy! He wouldn't knowingly hit this guy. I know the driver personally. It was a crazy accident. I feel for Bob. I hate that this happened to him. I would have passed him myself and I drive speed limit.

 

Article Comment Jason commented at 2/11/2009 9:43:00 AM:

I was so excited when I read the story in the dispatch and was looking forward to following his journey. I instantly liked this guy his philosophy and courage to take such a trip. I remember in his last post's in Mississippi some concerns about the lack of a shoulder on Mississippi roads and the speed that people drove. This is a terrible tragedy I will pray for his speedy recovery and my heart will be with his family. Good luck to you and thanks for having the spirit and courage to go for it and take such a trip you are an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others.

 

Article Comment Patty commented at 2/11/2009 10:55:00 AM:

Very sad, Praying for a speedy recovery.

 

Article Comment Sheree commented at 2/11/2009 10:59:00 AM:

The guys in those trucks never have any respect for other drivers on the road. I don't know how many times I would be driving in the middle line 70 miles an hour on a 55 mph highway and they would still speed up behind me right on the back of my car. It's ridiculous.

 

Article Comment Lauren Wolfe commented at 2/11/2009 11:54:00 AM:

To Everyone this was an accident, nobody planned this and I am sure the truck Driver is now haunted by an image that will never leave him , he needs to be in our prayes as will. Please read Bobs philosophy page, in his own words, family friends and fellow mankind are his top three concerns.... we are all guilty of poor judgement, and 99% of the time it leads to nothing , but when it does there is no reason to keep beating the issue.... we need to be understanding and wish all well in this trying time...God speed to all, and Bob we can't wait to see you writing again, as wel will travel this journey with you as well... take care, and thank you!

 

Article Comment Sue Mills commented at 2/11/2009 12:16:00 PM:

Bob,
my prayers are with you and your horses and family.i pray you will be back on your feet soon.and finished your dream.i just signed your guest book yesterday and then found out about your wreak later on that day.i live in Columbus Miss where they said they sent your horse.if so we have some good vets and they will take good care of your horse.i will put you on the prayer list all over the world on the compurter.my son from Amory Miss got real upset over this and he is 45 years old.i called him at work and told him.because we were just talking about you tuesday.not knowing what had happen.my son said tell you to hang in there and to go for your dream.his name is Mark Clay.may God look over you and your horses.when you get back on your feet plz let us know how you and your horses are doing and your dog.and by the way my son is from Amory Miss.
Sue Mills.

 

Article Comment Sue Doyle commented at 2/11/2009 12:19:00 PM:

Our prayers are with Bob and his beautiful horses for a speedy recovery. I am heart broken this has happened to him. He's a gentle, kind, compassionate man with a heart of gold. May the spirits be with him.

 

Article Comment Kristen Z. commented at 2/11/2009 12:32:00 PM:

This is just terrible. I wish Bob and his animals a speedy recovery and I am sorry that two of his horses had to be lost in this accident. All will be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Article Comment jj commented at 2/11/2009 12:39:00 PM:

Bob the law you site is a motor vehicle law, and unless horse drawn vehicles are prevented by law, he had every right to use the road... it was the truck drivers responsibility to have his vehicle under control at all times...

My prayers go out to the wagon master and his family and animals...

 

Article Comment Hayley commented at 2/11/2009 12:42:00 PM:

To the gentleman named Bob, that quotes the laws of the road...first of all, any horse drawn wagon is exempt....it's NOT a motor vehicle therefore it doesn't fall under ANY of these laws. Second, you are the type of person Bob and his team was trying to avoid!

 

Article Comment Ang commented at 2/11/2009 12:46:00 PM:

To "Mike" - you are ignorant in your comment referring to "C". The speed limit was 70 when "C" passed him and "C" was going 65 just for your information. Get your facts straight before cussing somebody out. You are the one that looks like a dumb redneck in your posting.

 

Article Comment Sarah commented at 2/11/2009 12:46:00 PM:

Mike, me and C were going the speed limit. We are the ones that called 911 for assistance and they ignored us. It wouldn't have mattered if the truck had been going 55, the wagon was in the way illegally traveling down the road and anybody would have rear ended the man. Its a shame all this happened but I personally saw what a traffic hazard it was for him to be on Hwy 82 on the shoulder. I can't imagine how dangerous it was on Hwy 45 with no shoulder. You should watch who you cuss on this site.

 

Article Comment Sarah commented at 2/11/2009 12:47:00 PM:

Mike, me and C were going the speed limit. We are the ones that called 911 for assistance and they ignored us. It wouldn't have mattered if the truck had been going 55, the wagon was in the way illegally traveling down the road and anybody would have rear ended the man. Its a shame all this happened but I personally saw what a traffic hazard it was for him to be on Hwy 82 on the shoulder. I can't imagine how dangerous it was on Hwy 45 with no shoulder. You should watch who you cuss on this site.

 

Article Comment Sarah commented at 2/11/2009 12:52:00 PM:

Maybe there is no law for hwy 45 but he was traveling on Hwy 82 which is an interstate illegally after dark. We were very concerned for the horses and the man, so don't say we are uncaring people. I too was laughed at my 911 and the highway patrol.. obviously they don't believe in enforcing the law. Bob is right on with the law!!! Why do you think they make those laws??? Its too bad our tax supported law enforcement won't follow the law.

 

Article Comment Shirley commented at 2/11/2009 1:26:00 PM:

I have followed Bob's trek across the United States on the Internet, reading his blog and all the newspaper articles written about his journey. Many of us admired him and his team of horses who so carefully pulled his "home" along the highway. He was very safety conscious and often quit early if road conditions weren't good on any given day. He wasn't in a hurry to get anywhere. Many people feel he is a friend, even though we never met him. And he and his team made a huge impression on all the hundreds of people he met along the way. Thank you to all the people in Mississippi who have tried to help. It just goes to show that you need to make the most of your life because you never know when it will change drastically in the blink of an eye. Even if you are going slow.

 

Article Comment Lee commented at 2/11/2009 1:43:00 PM:

I too have followed Bob's journey and been envious while seeing the country thru his slow moving travels. Once again, it is a person who is driving without caution who puts a horrific and deadly end to a lifelong dream.
Bob- know that you have friends and admirers you have never met all over the country who are sending you our best wishes and positive energy toward a speedy recovery for you and your animal companions.
SLOW DOWN people- don't take a chance on ending anothers dream with tragedy. RIP Doc and Dolly.

 

Article Comment Dave commented at 2/11/2009 1:53:00 PM:

I'd like to ecko everything that Mary 2-10-09 said. Bicycle riders get the same courtesy & they're entitled to their half the road too!!

 

Article Comment Upset commented at 2/11/2009 1:57:00 PM:

T.K. Stanley drivers are to blame. Period. I hope they are charged accordingly and lose their jobs.

 

Article Comment Upset commented at 2/11/2009 2:01:00 PM:

T.K. Stanley drivers are to blame. Period. I hope they are charged accordingly and lose their jobs.

 

Article Comment Paula commented at 2/11/2009 2:10:00 PM:

Bob you are in my prayers. I truly hope you never read these blogs of stupid comments by some of these people. You nor your horses deserved what happen to you. I think the people who are complaining about you being on the highway are just jealous that they do not have as much guts as you have. For the people saying someone took his dog yes they did take it to care for and Bob knew they did. What is wrong with you people this is a tragic tragic situtation. May God be with Bob and his two surving horses.

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/11/2009 2:18:00 PM:

It is obvious that Bob and his rig were within the law in traveling the roads. Had he been breaking the law, police would have removed him long ago. The only roads I've seen signs prohibiting pedestrians, horses, mopeds, etc. is large interstates, not state highways. I'm sure Bob knew there was some danger involved in his trek before he set out. After all, we all know of someone who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time on the road and ended up in the hospital. Accidents happen. I can envision what happened in the three truck scenario outlined above: Truck One saw Bob and moved to the left. Truck Two followed suit. Truck Three's sightline was probably blocked by the previous trucks and he decided to stay in his lane. Simple as that, an accident, no one to blame, and I'm sure the driver of the third truck wishes he could turn back the clock. It couldn't have been a pretty sight. Maybe next time he'll trust his fellow drivers saw something that made them move over and he'll do the same. I hope Bob makes a full recovery and doesn't beat himself up over this horrible accident. I, for one, will make a donation to the fund and pray for his speedy return to NH.

 

Article Comment SAR commented at 2/11/2009 2:26:00 PM:

It is perfectly legal for horse drawn vehicles to travel on state highways. Amish and Mennonite families have no other form of transportation and they do it every day. However, it is dangerous.
In other states, sheriff's deputies and highway patrolmen gave Bob an escort across bridges or down high traffic highways. Apparently Mississippi police or troopers didn't feel he was endangering anyone.
It is sad to say, but the person who just wants to slow down and enjoy life doesn't have much of a chance these days.
Prayers and best wishes to Bob and his surviving animals.

 

Article Comment David, NY commented at 2/11/2009 2:27:00 PM:

I feel bad for all you incredibly misled people who believe that Bob is at any fault here. Bob had a RIGHT to the road as well as the Trucker. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of anyone driving a motor vehicle to yield to pedestrians, joggers, bicycles and horse drawn carriages. The Trucker better be praying that Bob pulls through and is not charged with vehicular manslaughter, that's negligence while driving a motor vehicle, just for the people who think Bob might have been at fault.

 

Article Comment FROGGY commented at 2/11/2009 2:39:00 PM:

Doesn't anyone care about the truck driver?
How seriously was he hurt?

 

Article Comment Melissa commented at 2/11/2009 2:50:00 PM:

To Upset:

Why are you saying T.K. Stanley Drivers are to blame? MY husband works for them and he has driven a truck for more than 5 years, no accidents! Truck drivers have bills and families just like everyone else! Someone has to do what they do! This was just a horrific accident. I am really saddened at the loss of such beautiful creatures and hope Mr. Skelding recovers quickly, but it is not either one's fault. And to clear something else up, the T.K. Stanley driver was loaded WITH MUD and I am sure he was doing the speed limit. I don't know how some people expect a truck like those to stop on a dime, especially loaded. Think about a train.....how long does it take those to stop??

Oh Froggy, the truck driver is fine.....he is very upset that this has happened.

He was told that they needed to get over by the other T.K. driver in front of him but was told a little too late. Really terrible that this has happened.

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/11/2009 2:52:00 PM:

It is obvious that Bob and his rig were within the law in traveling the roads. Had he been breaking the law, police would have removed him long ago. The only roads I've seen signs prohibiting pedestrians, horses, mopeds, etc. is large interstates, not state highways. I'm sure Bob knew there was some danger involved in his trek before he set out. After all, we all know of someone who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time on the road and ended up in the hospital. Accidents happen. I can envision what happened in the three truck scenario outlined above: Truck One saw Bob and moved to the left. Truck Two followed suit. Truck Three's sightline was probably blocked by the previous trucks and he decided to stay in his lane. Simple as that, an accident, no one to blame, and I'm sure the driver of the third truck wishes he could turn back the clock. It couldn't have been a pretty sight. Maybe next time he'll trust his fellow drivers saw something that made them move over and he'll do the same. I hope Bob makes a full recovery and doesn't beat himself up over this horrible accident. I, for one, will make a donation to the fund and pray for his speedy return to NH.

 

Article Comment Melissa commented at 2/11/2009 2:56:00 PM:

To Upset:

Why are you saying T.K. Stanley Drivers are to blame? MY husband works for them and he has driven a truck for more than 5 years, no accidents! Truck drivers have bills and families just like everyone else! Someone has to do what they do! This was just a horrific accident. I am really saddened at the loss of such beautiful creatures and hope Mr. Skelding recovers quickly, but it is not either one's fault. And to clear something else up, the T.K. Stanley driver was loaded WITH MUD and I am sure he was doing the speed limit. I don't know how some people expect a truck like those to stop on a dime, especially loaded. Think about a train.....how long does it take those to stop??

Oh Froggy, the truck driver is fine.....he is very upset that this has happened.

He was told that they needed to get over by the other T.K. driver in front of him but was told a little too late. Really terrible that this has happened.

 

Article Comment Melissa commented at 2/11/2009 3:04:00 PM:

To Upset:

Why are you saying T.K. Stanley Drivers are to blame? MY husband works for them and he has driven a truck for more than 5 years, no accidents! Truck drivers have bills and families just like everyone else! Someone has to do what they do! This was just a horrific accident. I am really saddened at the loss of such beautiful creatures and hope Mr. Skelding recovers quickly, but it is not either one's fault. And to clear something else up, the T.K. Stanley driver was loaded WITH MUD and I am sure he was doing the speed limit. I don't know how some people expect a truck like those to stop on a dime, especially loaded. Think about a train.....how long does it take those to stop??

Oh Froggy, the truck driver is fine.....he is very upset that this has happened.

He was told that they needed to get over by the other T.K. driver in front of him but was told a little too late. Really terrible that this has happened.

 

Article Comment Melissa commented at 2/11/2009 3:05:00 PM:

Sorry that posted so many times....having issues here with my pc and weather

 

Article Comment Bill commented at 2/11/2009 3:41:00 PM:

If I remember correctly, according to the Miss Drivers handbook your supposed to allow a car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10mph that your going. I rarely see truck drivers do this. I feel this clearly happen due to negligence on the second T.K. Stanley driver. I'm sure he probably hates it, but it's to late now. I wish Bob a speedy recovery.

 

Article Comment Sherry commented at 2/11/2009 4:10:00 PM:

This was a tragic accident and near misses like this are exactly why I stopped driving a truck after 20 years. The trucker is always to blame no matter what the facts are in the eye of the general public. For those of you wanting charges filed against the driver, believe me he will go through a living hell over this. Maybe that will give you some satisfaction.

 

Article Comment Sherry commented at 2/11/2009 4:15:00 PM:

This was a tragic accident and near misses like this are exactly why I stopped driving a truck after 20 years. The trucker is always to blame no matter what the facts are in the eye of the general public. For those of you wanting charges filed against the driver, believe me he will go through a living hell over this. Maybe that will give you some satisfaction.

 

Article Comment Sherry commented at 2/11/2009 4:27:00 PM:

This was a tragic accident and near misses like this are exactly why I stopped driving a truck after 20 years. The trucker is always to blame no matter what the facts are in the eye of the general public. For those of you wanting charges filed against the driver, believe me he will go through a living hell over this. Maybe that will give you some satisfaction.

 

Article Comment RR commented at 2/11/2009 4:27:00 PM:

Wow. I would do anything I could to help this gentleman in his time of need. But I also have to say that I just don't think modern roads are the place to travel safely with slow moving vehicles, without proper markings and alerts. Generally speaking, truck drivers are well trained and experienced behind the wheel. We'll learn in time what caused this accident but the trucker likely was caught by surprise. At 70+ MPH on roads today, surprise is often something the human brain cannot respond to timely enough. I sure do feel badly for the gentleman. I will pray for him tonight.

 

Article Comment Don Schindler commented at 2/11/2009 4:52:00 PM:

The image of a horse drawn wagon going cross country makes us all warm and fuzzy, but they have no business sharing roads with semi's. Kinda like holding a rattlesnake in your mouth. It's only a matter of time.

 

Article Comment Ann commented at 2/11/2009 5:03:00 PM:


When I talked to Bob last Friday when he stopped in Columbus, he told me he was going to Meridian. I told him that was a bad road because of the 2 lanes. He said he wasn't worried about it that they would be ok. I told him I hoped so and God speed.

Dolly was my favorite horse. They were all so adorable and sweet. I fed and watered them for Bob while he talked to people and ate. I really enjoyed it. I know Bob wll miss them so much. I am sure the other horses will miss their companions also.

Get well soon Bob, God be with you!

 

Article Comment Todd commented at 2/11/2009 5:06:00 PM:

I'm sorry for this accident. I'd like to stay neutral, but I did want to set the person straight who thinks U.S. 82 is an interstate highway. It is not. It is a United States Highway..hence U.S. 82. There are parts of it that are to interstate "specs", that is why the speed limit is set at 70 mph on that part. If more people would learn to read and interpet the road signs, the highways would be much safer. I'm amazed at how many people do not have a clue why a line on the road is white, not yellow or vise versa. Or why Hwy or interstate #'s are odd or even..etc. I trucked for over 20 years in all 48 contiguous states and have seen all sorts of mishaps like this. They are tragic, but to give the driver that hit this man the benefit of the doubt, the wagon being there was out of the norm. You just don't expect to come up on something like that. That's still no excuse for not being aware of what's going on on the roadway at all times though. It is every drivers responsibility to be aware at ALL times. Maybe if we'd all spend a little less time on the cell phone or other things that are distracting, and learn more about road signs and defensive driving, the roads would be safer for all of us. I drove over 2.5 million miles without one single accident, so I know it can be done. Best wishes to a speedy recovery for Bob.

 

Article Comment Claudia commented at 2/11/2009 5:22:00 PM:

Bob, the horses and dog will be in our thoughts and prayers tonight

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/11/2009 5:33:00 PM:

It is obvious that Bob and his rig were within the law in traveling the roads. Had he been breaking the law, police would have removed him long ago. The only roads I've seen signs prohibiting pedestrians, horses, mopeds, etc. is large interstates, not state highways. I'm sure Bob knew there was some danger involved in his trek before he set out. After all, we all know of someone who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time on the road and ended up in the hospital. Accidents happen. I can envision what happened in the three truck scenario outlined above: Truck One saw Bob and moved to the left. Truck Two followed suit. Truck Three's sightline was probably blocked by the previous trucks and he decided to stay in his lane. Simple as that, an accident, no one to blame, and I'm sure the driver of the third truck wishes he could turn back the clock. It couldn't have been a pretty sight. Maybe next time he'll trust his fellow drivers saw something that made them move over and he'll do the same. I hope Bob makes a full recovery and doesn't beat himself up over this horrible accident. I, for one, will make a donation to the fund and pray for his speedy return to NH.

 

Article Comment Sue in NH commented at 2/11/2009 5:49:00 PM:

My prayers go out to Bob and the remaining team. This was our biggest fear for Bob when he started his journey. Maybe we need to all follow his lead, slow down a bit and be more careful out there on the road. Expect the unexpected. My thoughts are with the truck driver who hit him as well.

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/11/2009 6:08:00 PM:

My previous comment keeps posting itself over and over again. The newspaper account says the accident occurred on Rt. 45, not US 82. Is it like here where highways sometimes gang up for awhile before splitting off again? As I'm reading the comments, I can't help but think that, rather than a horse-drawn rig, this could as easily have happened to an automobile stopped on the side of the road with engine problems, and had that been the case, the trucker would have been blamed. If humans were killed instead of mere horses, he might have been charged with negligent homicide. Getting down to it, if there are no shoulders on a roadway, the speed limit should be reduced to give the driver more time to react to the unexpected, be it a disabled car or a horse-drawn wagon. Truckers especially must employ extreme caution since their vehicles are so massive they lack quick stopping power...that is a fact of physics. The photos I've seen on our local news show the truck off the side of the road just beyond the wreckage of Bob's camper. Seems he could stop quickly after all.

 

Article Comment cookiesmom commented at 2/11/2009 6:30:00 PM:

I grew up in the Midwest and still live in the Midwest--farming country. This is such a sad, sad
accident,but I wonder what the conversation would be like if the vehicle hit had been a hay wagon pulled by a tractor instead of an RV pulled by horses? It could have happened. I'm not blaming anyone, just asking a question. What time of day did it happen?

 

Article Comment Chris commented at 2/11/2009 7:09:00 PM:

I hope he gets okay. It's a darn shame his travels have to end like this. I hope he gets well and continues his travels of this great and wonderful country.
I like his blog, he has meet some very nice people along the way.

 

Article Comment Jay and Char commented at 2/11/2009 7:45:00 PM:

Bob is in our deepest prayers. Bob and his team stayed with us Halloween night, it was a wonderful time.God keep Bob and the rest of your team safe

 

Article Comment Kim commented at 2/11/2009 7:48:00 PM:

Horses and highways are NOT a good mix! no way should he have had those horses anywhere near where people driving upwards of 40-80 miles an hour. Who do you think would lose in a tangle between him and his horses, and any other vehicle. The horses! poor horses. Who truly did not have a choice. It cost them their life. Thank god it sounds like he'll never do it again! old geezer. I for one am a horse lover. I have a horse. And thank god my young teenage ways keep me from doing something so idiotic! I'm 18 this year, and I'll never do something so stupid! if I do anything remotely stupid, it would have to be, just getting on my horse, with just the reins. But I have such a good seat, that I sit right there on him, trotting. I've even done a bit of cantering too. Getting really good at that.

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/11/2009 7:56:00 PM:

My previous comment keeps posting itself over and over again. The newspaper account says the accident occurred on Rt. 45, not US 82. Is it like here where highways sometimes gang up for awhile before splitting off again? As I'm reading the comments, I can't help but think that, rather than a horse-drawn rig, this could as easily have happened to an automobile stopped on the side of the road with engine problems, and had that been the case, the trucker would have been blamed. If humans were killed instead of mere horses, he might have been charged with negligent homicide. Getting down to it, if there are no shoulders on a roadway, the speed limit should be reduced to give the driver more time to react to the unexpected, be it a disabled car or a horse-drawn wagon. Truckers especially must employ extreme caution since their vehicles are so massive they lack quick stopping power...that is a fact of physics. The photos I've seen on our local news show the truck off the side of the road just beyond the wreckage of Bob's camper. Seems he could stop quickly after all.

 

Article Comment Kim commented at 2/11/2009 7:59:00 PM:

I hardly wear my helmet these days.But at least I don't ride where people drive 40 and 80 miles an hour. I like Arabian horses. I love Arabian horses. I own an Arabian horse. And I love my Arabian horse. And Arabian horses rule!

Those two poor Percherons that died, and the two who are most likely suffering. I'm surprised they didn't die too. I wonder how fast the semi slowed down, to have not killed the man and his 4 horses.

 

Article Comment John Andresen commented at 2/11/2009 8:02:00 PM:

I think some one need to look at the 911 area, It not funny when you call in to report something , but that same siuation has been a problem with the dispatcher's as i can remember twice last year I time my wife called them about a neighbor house , her motion dector lighrt came on a and went off and she called 911 and the dispatcher asking her about the street addressof the neighbor house # and our # being on two different st. and after 5 min I told my wife that i was going over my self and to tell them forgit it. I walk over and look around the house and did not find any thing out of place and then a Officer came buy and we talked and bothoif us walked around the house and he said that they have a habit of trying to get to much info before they dispatch, but he told me that when i told my wife. to tell them to forget it as i was going over with my gus she told the officer that i had a gun. Iknow that she did not dispatch a officer as we had a scanner and heard the calls go out. this is just not one time as we have called and i know that this is a on going thing.

 

Article Comment Kim commented at 2/11/2009 8:05:00 PM:

I hardly wear my helmet these days.But at least I don't ride where people drive 40 and 80 miles an hour. I like Arabian horses. I love Arabian horses. I own an Arabian horse. And I love my Arabian horse. And Arabian horses rule!

Those two poor Percherons that died, and the two who are most likely suffering. I'm surprised they didn't die too. I wonder how fast the semi slowed down, to have not killed the man and his 4 horses.

 

Article Comment Kim commented at 2/11/2009 8:15:00 PM:

I hardly wear my helmet these days.But at least I don't ride where people drive 40 and 80 miles an hour. I like Arabian horses. I love Arabian horses. I own an Arabian horse. And I love my Arabian horse. And Arabian horses rule!

Those two poor Percherons that died, and the two who are most likely suffering. I'm surprised they didn't die too. I wonder how fast the semi slowed down, to have not killed the man and his 4 horses.

 

Article Comment Travis commented at 2/11/2009 8:54:00 PM:

This is without doubt a tragic event. There is more than enough blame to go around. Who was the last person with an opportunity to prevent this from happening? Bob? Any one of the three truck drivers? Some other driver who recognized a potential hazard? Local law enforcement? It's a moot point. Let's just praise God that there are survivors - man and animal - and help one another deal with healing and counting out blessings.

 

Article Comment Dave commented at 2/11/2009 9:02:00 PM:

I'm a teamster and have driven my wagon and mules on many highways. I will say there have been times where the situation has gotten a bit hairy for me. I can personally relate to the dangers involved with highway driving. Too many folks have not had the opportunity to drive around horse drawn wagons on their roadways. As a result some vehicle drivers don't know how, or simply choose not to show the proper respect they are entitled. Wagon teams have a legal right to use the public roadways, (excluding interstate) and should be afforded consideration when approached from whatever direction. Bob was involved in an unfortunate accident. I am sorry for his loss and pray for his speedy recovery.

 

Article Comment Gail commented at 2/11/2009 9:11:00 PM:

this is such a sad thing. We just started following his blog just last night and I thought that he was doing something that he really wanted to do Slow down and enjoy his horses and the people he meets. And yes he had a right to be on that highway just like any other driver. That is the problem with most of us we dont slow down and enjoy the small things on the way. Drivers of any type of truck, car,or what ever need to think what might beahead and be prepared for that stopped person or slow wagon on the edge of the road. We hope you will heal and be able to return to do what you want at the speed that you want to and where you want to. God be with you Bob.

 

Article Comment Cheryl commented at 2/11/2009 10:24:00 PM:

I read an article that the person that has the dog (I cant rememeber where I read it) But he said he gave the info to Bob and they already took the dog to the vet and had her checked out. (She's fine) I believe it was the man that was with Bob when the paramedics arrived?? If you do a search on the articles, you should be able to find it. I am soo sorry for the loss of the horses.. I would imagine he was very attached especially to DeeDee. How sad. My prayers are with Bob and the other horses...

 

Article Comment H. Webb commented at 2/12/2009 7:50:00 AM:

I was not there to witness the accident, but I would bet that the trucks traveling together were way to close to each other. I see that all the time. There are way to many trucks that ignore the distance between vehicles rules. I think it is obvious that the truck that hit Bob was too close to the one in front of him and the driver was not paying attention to his driving. This was a terrible accident that I feel would have been avoided if the distance between vehicles was appropriate.

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/12/2009 8:11:00 AM:

My previous comment keeps posting itself over and over again. The newspaper account says the accident occurred on Rt. 45, not US 82. Is it like here where highways sometimes gang up for awhile before splitting off again? As I'm reading the comments, I can't help but think that, rather than a horse-drawn rig, this could as easily have happened to an automobile stopped on the side of the road with engine problems, and had that been the case, the trucker would have been blamed. If humans were killed instead of mere horses, he might have been charged with negligent homicide. Getting down to it, if there are no shoulders on a roadway, the speed limit should be reduced to give the driver more time to react to the unexpected, be it a disabled car or a horse-drawn wagon. Truckers especially must employ extreme caution since their vehicles are so massive they lack quick stopping power...that is a fact of physics. The photos I've seen on our local news show the truck off the side of the road just beyond the wreckage of Bob's camper. Seems he could stop quickly after all.

 

Article Comment Sherry commented at 2/12/2009 9:10:00 AM:

Some of you just hate truckers. It's obvious. I am saddened by what happened but I'm tired of the driver always being to blame. It was an ACCIDENT. Yes, we as truckers are held to a higher standard but there are good and bad drivers in ALL types of vehicles. You have no idea what drivers go through on a daily basis to accommodate others stupid actions. Forget about the "Convoy" mentality and educate yourself about what a trucker really is. We are mothers, fathers, sisters & brothers. Just regular hard-working people like you. So stop the blame and pray for all involved.

 

Article Comment rich commented at 2/12/2009 9:50:00 AM:

ALL TRUCKS SHOUD BE XXXXXXXXXXX.

 

Article Comment Nancy commented at 2/12/2009 10:41:00 AM:

Prayers to Bob, and to the truck driver. Regardless of blaming whatever, it is a trajedy for all involved. It would be great if no one ever made a mistake, and without being there, I, for one, will not blame anyone....... Godspeed to the injured.

 

Article Comment Denise commented at 2/12/2009 10:43:00 AM:

Kim why don't you grow up! This is America, where freedom and personal liberties still prevail. It was Bob's choice to make this journey, and he knew the risks. Heck, getting out of bed every day is a risk. Don't kick him when he's down by calling him a "geezer". Good grief! This was an unfortunate accident for everyone involved and it would be nice if everyone could just post a kind word or two on here instead of bashing on Bob. I'm sure that everyone involved is having regrets.

 

Article Comment kevin commented at 2/12/2009 11:05:00 AM:

sorry about what happen,,i saw you last summer in leroy,newyork,,now i heard it on the news,,just get better and go back on the road,,,hope to see you traveling again,,kevin

 

Article Comment Shay commented at 2/12/2009 11:39:00 AM:

So sorry to hear about the accident. I am praying for a speedy recovery. I have also made a donation and I hope others will too. I am sure any amount will be of help to him.

 

Article Comment colleen commented at 2/12/2009 11:39:00 AM:

Please lets not blame the victim .The accident happened at 11;30 in the morning, not at night. I was rear ended in my car on a bright afternoon when I slowed down approaching a caution light. People are in too much of a hurry. How many out there have felt pushed ahead and forced to go faster than the speed limit because a semi was almost touching your bumper. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob.

 

Article Comment Bob Quinn commented at 2/12/2009 11:45:00 AM:

My prayers are with you Bob, I'v been following your journey since the beginning, I hope everything works out for you

 

Article Comment Larry commented at 2/12/2009 11:53:00 AM:

I may be another old GEEZER, but Kim, guess what? This isn't about you and how well you ride. Didn't your mother teach you about: if you cannot say something good etc. etc. This is tragic. I will be offering prayers and a donation. Peace from God be with Bob and all who are suffering with him.

 

Article Comment Alice & Al Mattison commented at 2/12/2009 12:12:00 PM:

We're too upset to say much. It's difficult to get thru the sick feelings we have right now. We've followed Bob since he went thru central New York and will miss reading his daily accounts. PLEASE--- someone keep us up to date on his condition--as well as that of Joyce, Dee Dee, and Clementine.

 

Article Comment Jim commented at 2/12/2009 12:22:00 PM:

Bob seemed like such a nice person, although I never met him in person, I feel like I knew him as I been reading his diary every day since he entered Indiana.Our prayers goes out to Bob and his family.WE need more Bobs

 

Article Comment Alice & Al Mattison commented at 2/12/2009 1:24:00 PM:

Apologies if we have the names of the surviving horses wrong. Accounts vary.

 

Article Comment JULIANNE OBREY commented at 2/12/2009 2:36:00 PM:

MY HEART IS HURTING FOR EVERYONE CONCERNED.THERE ISN'T MUCH TO SAY UNTIL ALL THE TRUTH COMES OUT.WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH BOB MUST BE HURTING. HE LOST HIS FAVORITE HORSES. TO PEOPLE WITH ANY HEART YOU REALIZE THEY WERE LIKE FAMILY. WE CAN PRAY THAT HE WILL GET BETTER SOON AND AND THE LOVE OF HIS HUMAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL HELP HIM THROUGH ALL THIS. HIS FUTURE WILL BE WHAT HE WANTS IT TO BE. HOPING THIS IS JUST AN AWFUL BUMP IN THE ROAD,AND HE WILL GO ON WITH HIS DREAMS IN THE FUTURE.I WILL MISS SEEING WHAT HE DID EVERY DAY. WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS, JULIANNE

 

Article Comment LaTrisha commented at 2/12/2009 3:27:00 PM:

The person who took his dog actually helped Mr. Skelding until medics arrived and kept the dog near Mr. Skelding until he went in the ambulance. He wrote down his contact information and gave it to the medics to give to Mr. Skelding so he would know where his dog is when he is well enough. The dog was brought to that person's home, and that man's wife brought the dog to a vet to make sure it was ok. Nobody stole his dog! Good grief, no good deed goes unpunished.

 

Article Comment SUE commented at 2/12/2009 3:42:00 PM:

WE TOO ARE PRAYING FOR BOB'S FULL RECOVERY AND RESUMPTION OF HIS DREAM. I AM THANKFUL TO READ THAT CLEMENTINE WAS RESCUED FROM THE MAYHEM AND WILL BE REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY ASAP. DITTO WITH DOC AND JOYCE. BEING IN INDIANA, I AM NOT SURE WHAT OCCURED ON THE ROAD THERE, BUT HERE IN OUR AREA, HE WAS GIVEN STATE, COUNTY, AND LOCAL POLICE ESCORTS INCLUDING CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO KENTUCKY WHERE HE WAS MET BY THEIR COUNTERPARTS TO CONTINUE HIS JOURNEY. SAD THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THERE. MAY EACH DAY SHOW REAL PROGRESS IN BOB'S RECOVERY AND HIS BELOVED ANIMALS. SUE

 

Article Comment JEN commented at 2/12/2009 3:47:00 PM:

i just heard on the rochester newyork news about what happen i am sorry i hope u get well. i saw u going threw caladonia new york last summer 2008. rebuild and come back threw again. sorry about ur lose. get well.

 

Article Comment Todd commented at 2/12/2009 5:51:00 PM:

I've been monitoring some of these posts and the "truck driver bashers" have prompted me to respond again. As I said earlier, I want to stay neutral..at least until all the facts come out. But this "trucker bashing" is uncalled for. Anyone that feels trucks should be off the road, consider this. Anything and everything you have comes on a truck e.g., food, groceries, gasoline, clothes, furniture, etc, etc. How foolish to think we could ban trucks. There are "bad apples" in every place of employment, but you can't blame everyone else just because of a few rogues. I happened to have encountered way more "professional" drivers than I did bad ones in all my years of being on the road. So the next time you buy ANYTHING, you can thank a trucker for bringing it. Give it a break!
Todd

 

Article Comment Todd commented at 2/12/2009 5:51:00 PM:

I've been monitoring some of these posts and the "truck driver bashers" have prompted me to respond again. As I said earlier, I want to stay neutral..at least until all the facts come out. But this "trucker bashing" is uncalled for. Anyone that feels trucks should be off the road, consider this. Anything and everything you have comes on a truck e.g., food, groceries, gasoline, clothes, furniture, etc, etc. How foolish to think we could ban trucks. There are "bad apples" in every place of employment, but you can't blame everyone else just because of a few rogues. I happened to have encountered way more "professional" drivers than I did bad ones in all my years of being on the road. So the next time you buy ANYTHING, you can thank a trucker for bringing it. Give it a break!
Todd

 

Article Comment Todd commented at 2/12/2009 5:58:00 PM:

I've been monitoring some of these posts and the "truck driver bashers" have prompted me to respond again. As I said earlier, I want to stay neutral..at least until all the facts come out. But this "trucker bashing" is uncalled for. Anyone that feels trucks should be off the road, consider this. Anything and everything you have comes on a truck e.g., food, groceries, gasoline, clothes, furniture, etc, etc. How foolish to think we could ban trucks. There are "bad apples" in every place of employment, but you can't blame everyone else just because of a few rogues. I happened to have encountered way more "professional" drivers than I did bad ones in all my years of being on the road. So the next time you buy ANYTHING, you can thank a trucker for bringing it. Give it a break!
Todd

 

Article Comment Jane in NH commented at 2/12/2009 6:10:00 PM:

My previous comment keeps posting itself over and over again. The newspaper account says the accident occurred on Rt. 45, not US 82. Is it like here where highways sometimes gang up for awhile before splitting off again? As I'm reading the comments, I can't help but think that, rather than a horse-drawn rig, this could as easily have happened to an automobile stopped on the side of the road with engine problems, and had that been the case, the trucker would have been blamed. If humans were killed instead of mere horses, he might have been charged with negligent homicide. Getting down to it, if there are no shoulders on a roadway, the speed limit should be reduced to give the driver more time to react to the unexpected, be it a disabled car or a horse-drawn wagon. Truckers especially must employ extreme caution since their vehicles are so massive they lack quick stopping power...that is a fact of physics. The photos I've seen on our local news show the truck off the side of the road just beyond the wreckage of Bob's camper. Seems he could stop quickly after all.

 

Article Comment MAJ Arkay commented at 2/12/2009 7:26:00 PM:

Bashing anyone is inappropriate and uncalled for--sometimes there simply isn't anyone to blame. Accidents do just happen, sad as they are. Let's all pray for Bob's recovery, and may he, Doc, Joyce, and Clementine be reunited soon. DeeDee and Dollie will wait for them all at the Rainbow Bridge, restored to their glory and secure in the knowledge of how much Bob loved them. All the best to you, Bob.

 

Article Comment John Q commented at 2/12/2009 7:34:00 PM:

My prayers and thoughts go out to Bob and hope for his speedy recovery. I met Bob in Indy and wish him well in his travels. Was Bob headed towards Natchez Trace Parkway? I understand truck are not allowed on the Parkway. I'm from Indiana and hope to travel the Natchez Trace Parkway through Mississippi in April. I plan to Bike and walk part of the NTP but is this safe and allowed?

 

Article Comment Richard commented at 2/12/2009 10:11:00 PM:

I have 1 question? What were these 2 truckers driving side by side for at from what I can see at 70 mph. Not very safe in my opinion. So we have this team and horses which is not safe and 2 truckers soeeding side by side, not safe. Boy 2 wrongs sure don't make a right,does it? All of this was preventible, I feel real bad it wasn't. May God Bless Everyone involved.

 

Article Comment Sue in NH commented at 2/12/2009 10:16:00 PM:

Latest up date on Bob's condition is posted by his Mom on Bob's web site this afternoon. Click on Where's Bob, scroll down to the bottom, click on the map, scroll down to the Update entry and it will come up on the right.
The love and prayers of many for one who gives so much is healing. God be with you Bob, your team and family.

 

Article Comment Tim commented at 2/12/2009 10:17:00 PM:

I also passed his wagon about 15 minutes before the accident and I also drive a truck and have been for 20+ years and when I came up on him he was at the end of a driveway where there was a wide spot and he was not all the way out of the road. The one thing that caught my eye was the lack of rear view mirrors or anyway for him to see what was coming up on him. The speed limit through the part I passed him on was 65 and if he was in the roadway doing less than 5mph and you run up on him doing 65 in a truck there is nothing you can do I hate that it happen but precautions could have been taken to lessen the chances of something like this happening. I knew when I heard about it shortly after I passed him that the truck driver would be blamed I think if everyone got to ride for a week in a truck the would have a new respect for the job we do I know my wife looks at the rod in a different way now.

 

Article Comment Jutin Watkins commented at 2/12/2009 11:39:00 PM:

I think that Bob had every right to be riding like he was the cops did not find nothing wrong with this why should you be bashing on Bob. I hope when he get out of this shape that in will start back up where he left. Many people today do not realize what a nice horse ride is till they try. I am 17 years old and i think that bob should do what he feel that is right for him.. (you should do the same thing)I know alot about traffic rules and Bob was not breaking none of them. And i also know that his dog is doing good with the people tending to her while he is unable the dog is down in columbus with a good people so stop telling them to return it no one offered to take care of the do it so this loving family is doing it right now till bob get home



Feel free to ask me any thing i check my email every day 3 to 5 times a day it is (bluejewdog@yahoo.com)

Thank you very much for all the positive comment he would inenjoy reading these when he get to a computer

 

Article Comment A. Scott commented at 2/13/2009 12:22:00 AM:

Sorry for your loss Bob. God grant you fast healing and a quick reunion with all your loved ones.

 

Article Comment Dennis and Family commented at 2/13/2009 7:21:00 AM:

Wow! I have been folowing you Bob since Whitehall New York. You spent the night at the ball field across from our house. It was foggy that morning and when it lifted you were gone. Its to bad we did not meet. God bless you and your family. Two legs and four. Do not let your hopes down with all this negative bla. bla. bla. on here. There are sooooo many of us that wish we were doing what you were doing. Whats around the next corner and what tipe of good American people am I going to meet today. As my late Grandmother would say ... LOVE AND PRAYERS

 

Article Comment Lawrence and Pam commented at 2/13/2009 1:42:00 PM:

We met Bob at the very early part of his journey in Bocawen N.H. and he stuck me as an amazing man.That short visit with him really meant alot to my wife and me. We talked all day about him to anyone who would listen.The next day our friends from next door called and asked if Pam wanted to go to Franklin N.H. to go see Bob. I really wished I had gone as he helped Pam get up on Dolly and took her for a ride around the pasture. Even though she was scared he was patience and helped her over come a fear. He took a photo and placed it on his site. I was so proud of her and grateful to Bob that I printed off that page and showed everyone at my shop.From that point forward we followed his journey almost daily. Thats why it was such a big shock to turn on the local news and hear about his tragic accident. Bob you are in our prayers and we hope you have a speedy recovery. P.S. if anyone has a mailing address so we could send a get well card. My address is izfre@comcast.net ( subject Bob )

 

Article Comment morris commented at 2/13/2009 11:53:00 PM:

God bless lots of people are praying for you morris

 

Article Comment karen commented at 2/14/2009 10:40:00 AM:

to sarah,mike+"C"- if you were so concerned about the saftey issue's on hwy 82, why didn't you stop and ask if he needed assistance in getting to a "safe" area for the night? and if need be ,give him a safe "escort" after 911 calls were ignored. Watch out for our fellow man thinking? In the 15 yrs of being a "big truck driver" , I have more than once stopped to help in different situations and even followed with MY 4ways ,a young mom who was limping her car to a safe spot on shoulder.Take the time to do a good deed/curtesy. May all parties recover,Bob and the driver will share this moment in time for the rest of their lives. God Bless

 

Article Comment Frank in vermont commented at 2/14/2009 7:50:00 PM:

so brian do you think that cyclist, tractors, and runners ect should not be on the roads either and if we are going to do that lets take all the old people off the road, because they don't draive the same speed we do. Be for real, stupidty is not being in control of your vehcle. Bob did have all the proper lights and signals. The way I see it the trucker was at fault.

 

Article Comment Frank in vermont commented at 2/14/2009 7:52:00 PM:

so brian do you think that cyclist, tractors, and runners ect should not be on the roads either and if we are going to do that lets take all the old people off the road, because they don't draive the same speed we do. Be for real, stupidty is not being in control of your vehcle. Bob did have all the proper lights and signals. The way I see it the trucker was at fault.

 

Article Comment pat sherman commented at 2/15/2009 9:22:00 AM:

good morning. my prayers are with you bob for a fast recovery.
i was lucky enought to see you and your horses when you went thu conneaut ohio and ashtabula ohio.

am so sorry about your lovely horses. get well fast. we are all thinking of you here in northeast ohio.

hugs.

 

Article Comment Sylvia Patton commented at 2/15/2009 1:18:00 PM:

I am very saddend by the accident, Ever since Bob came thru our tow of Mansfield , Ohio, I have been following his journey, every morning I would get my coffee, and read his post from the previous day, even tho I never met him I feel like I know him because his stories are so discriptive and so interesting, I had to start a new job last week so wasn't able to read for a couple days, when I finally had time to catch up,, I was so horrified,it took me ahwile to find out the details,, I feared he had died, I was in a panic. I cryed off and on all day on Saturday,, It is strange how someone you never even met can impact your life so much. I would love them to make a movie of his trip,, and I pray that he can get well and continue on with a good ending, It is a miracle his little dog survived, if anyone has seen the picture of the wreckage, Bob must have had an angel pluck him out of the mess, even tho he must be in terrible pain I am so glad he survived, I am sad for the loss of his horses, and hope the remaining two will not be too scarred by this . Hang in there , Bob.

 

Article Comment C. G. from Springfield, VT commented at 2/15/2009 2:05:00 PM:

I think this was an accident. I don't think anyone is to blame neccessarily.

I met Bob and his teamster and even took photos of him and chatted while his horses had lunch. He was a really nice guy and was very concerned about making sure he stayed within the laws. I know that he wouldn't have disobeyed the law on purpose.

Do I agree that what he did had it's risks? Absolutely 100%. And in my gut I felt like something like this would happen at some point. But Bob said that life is too short to worry about something like this happening...and to live each day for what it's worth, to live it out.

I think the truck driver was probably going too fast, but I also think Bob put himself in danger as well. He knew the risks, and he took them anyway. That is his right, his freedom, and his choice. And I don't think a person in this world to hate him or bash him for it. Some will say it's stupid. I don't think it was. Bob wanted to do something different, not for the fame, as he was and is quite humble and not wealthy, but just for doing something adventurous. Don't you know that every man has in him some desire to do something cool, adventurous and outragous? Some people are just too skeered out of their minds to do it. Bob wasn't. He didn't ignore the risks either...but he wasn't going to let it stop him from doing what he'd always dreamed of doing. Some people bike across America. Some people walk or run across America. Some people do whacky things to see America. He chose to take his four horses and travel with them across America. He is a very generous and humble man and never for a moment do I doubt that this was a complete accident and that the truck driver was completely at fault.

Some people take risks and get away with it. Some people take risks and die. Some people take risks and get out of it like this. I'll bet you if you asked Bob if it was worth it, he would say that every moment of it was worth it.

 

Article Comment Malcolm commented at 2/16/2009 7:21:00 PM:

I am just reading with hoirror the fate of Bob and his horses.
I have followed Bob since he began his journey and envied him and his team of beautiful horses.
My prayers are with Bob and his Horses.
God Bless.
Malcolm,
Vernon, B.C. Canada

 

Article Comment john sparks commented at 2/16/2009 8:16:00 PM:

I think if BOB gets the chance to start off where he left off he should invest in some flashing red lights for the rear, head lights and mirrors for the front,maybe its no ones fault but a little common sense and caution on bobs part could atleast have made it alot safer for alot of other people, My prayers go out to Bob and the truck driver

 

Article Comment john sparks commented at 2/16/2009 8:30:00 PM:

I think if BOB gets the chance to start off where he left off he should invest in some flashing red lights for the rear, head lights and mirrors for the front,maybe its no ones fault but a little common sense and caution on bobs part could atleast have made it alot safer for alot of other people, My prayers go out to Bob and the truck driver

 

Article Comment sam commented at 2/16/2009 9:14:00 PM:

i'm sure there is a mess of lawyers lined up outside of bob's hospital toom, ready to take on the trucking company in a law suit.
has any newspaper posted this trucker's name?

 

Article Comment juno commented at 2/16/2009 9:15:00 PM:

i was at the accident aftermath. the trucker was a mexican, that barely spoke english...was he was an illegal. i dnot know...

 

Article Comment Vicki commented at 2/18/2009 12:39:00 PM:

I have followed Bob since November. My prayers go out to him and his 2 surviving horses. I can only hope that he has a complete recovery and that the Trucker who was unfortunate enough to be responsible will help to rebuild Bob's Trailer so that he may finish his Journey of a Lifetime.

 

Article Comment Meriem commented at 2/18/2009 1:51:00 PM:

I was traveling in the right lane on highway 45 near Columbus Air force Base, when I came upon the slow moving wagon. No caution lights, hazards or warnings, nothing. From the rear it looked like a motorhome. I almost hit him and had to quickly move to the left lane with no time to look and see if it was clear. I was going the speed limit, 55mph. Thank God, there was nothing in the left lane. I had no idea it was a wagon with horses until I passed him. I almost thought I was seeing things, then I got mad. What in the world was he thinking. I imagined an 18 wheeler trying to do the same thing I just did. It was a disaster waiting to happen. and for the commenter that called 911, I almost did the same, but wasnt sure if they would do anything. And for the other commenter about stopping and helping Mr Bob in the dark instead of calling 911, Why should they put their life in danger also. I am really sorry for Mr Bob and the horses, but he had no business on the highway.

 

Article Comment Don commented at 2/19/2009 9:38:00 AM:

The truck driver is suppose to have control of his rig at all times! What if that would have been a car load of kids that the car broke down instead of bob!!!

 

Article Comment june commented at 2/20/2009 1:23:00 PM:

It seems some people aren't as observent as they think they are.The person that said there were no mirrors on the rv must have been blind,Look at some of the pictures and you can see them. So don't go spouting off.I know they were there I saw them in real life. Let's all pray for a speedy recovery for Bob,and a few prayers for his family.

 

Article Comment MIKE S commented at 2/22/2009 3:46:00 PM:

hey bob sorry to hear about the accident and the loss of those two beatiful horse's are prayers are with u for a speedy recovery..

 

Article Comment alan commented at 6/20/2009 4:08:00 PM:

Well all you morons who figure this man to be some sort of legend will be very happy to know the driver was fired from his job even though the DOT ruled the accident was not his fault. He is unemployed now with bills piling up through no fault of his own.

All you backslappers should be so proud.

 

Article Comment Mathews commented at 6/29/2009 2:14:00 AM:

Alan, I would recommend that you scroll up and reads Eric's COMMENTS of 2/11/2009 9:10:00 AM. or wendi's COMMENTS of 2/11/2009 8:44:00 AM

Am I happy he was FIRED by T.K. Stanley. Driver love to "draft" another vehicle and that is a BIG "NO - NO".

AS one that drives cross country regular when I see a "big rig" move over I start checking traffic to see WHY and I start to move over too..

The is NO EXCUSE for him CAUSING the wreck except he was not a SAFE DRIVER.

 

Article Comment Chuck commented at 7/9/2009 10:59:00 PM:

Yes Alan I am glad he was fired. If he hadn't been so close behind the other truck he could have avoided the tragic accident. I happen to drive trucks for a living and think the driver got what he had coming to him.

 

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Article Comment Blaze Gilman commented at 12/23/2009 1:38:00 PM:

My prayers go out to Bob and his family.. this never should have happened.. I have been a truck driver for 22 years. and The truck driver is at fault. first he hit the back of a vehicle rather a motor vehicle or horse drawn. the vehicle that slammed into the back of a vehicle is automatically at fault and is charged. and any truck driver that is professional knows that if a vehicle in front of you moves over there is something not right. so you are by law suppose to slow down and move over. it's a law in all 48 states that you are to move over for emergency, law enforcement, slow vehicle. so not basting the truckers because I am one of them. the trucker driver is at fault. Bob has the right to be on the road but is restricted on interstate highways. there is no law to restrict bob and his team to be on highways. there is a juvenille detention center that has a juvenille wagon train with children. they are allowed on highway all across the Us. so Bob does has the right to be on the highway. So my opinion Bob needs to contact a lawyer and sue the trucking company for this accident because the driver was at fault.

 

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