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    I Was Driving Down Hwy 162 This Morning And Saw The Chared Skeleton Remains Of James` Tinny Wagon On The Shoulder, I Talked With A State Patrol Officer And They Said James Was Taken To Harbor View And Couldnt Give Anymore Info, I Hope He Is O.k. The Car Looks Like It Was Fully Ingulped In Flames, Let Me Know! Scott F.

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    My thoughts are with you James!
    Tom
    My Mini is plastic.

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    • #3
      What a shock! We were just with James and his kids on our weekend drive. Our prayers are with you James.
      Jim Y.

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      • #4
        Wow, that's sad news to hear. I hope the news about James is better. Has anyone called? This is something worthy of us pitching in on especially if James is not in the bestest of shape.
        James, I can empathize with you. I hope you are alright stuff can be replaced, you can't.

        Years ago I had (key word had), a really nice '56 VW convertible, electric fuel pumps and leaky delorto carbs don't mix. I got some nice singes from that one, didn't have eyebrows and frontal hair for quite a while. It's hard to see something you put a lot of sweat and pride into go up in smoke. Hard enough that you do some pretty stupid things trying to save it from the flames. The good part of that one was that the engine fire was in the rear and the flames were shooting out the back! The bad part, the tops on convertibles are very flammable and very close to the cooling louvers. This was also the days before mandantory insurance, I think you get the picture liability don't cover car fires.
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        • #5
          James is okay. I just spoke with Dave Baughman, who talked with James directly. He did suffer burns, but he is in top spirits considering the total loss of his beautiful tinny. He was actually joking a little bit with Dave B, and that is all I know.

          James, do take care of yourself and yours. We'll say a prayer for you!

          Best regards,
          MSH
          All Together Now..... Everybody.......

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          • #6
            ok. here's the skinny on what i know:

            James got hit this morning, and it split the tank which he had just filled. He was parked on the highway at a light, and some kid in an SUV hit him at 45-50 mph. The gas ignited, and the car burned up. James did get out, but not without some burns; mostly 1st and 2nd degree on his neck, shoulders and ears. His left hand was a bit burned as he tried to unbuckle, and get his bags out of the car. He will be in Harborview for the next day or two. The car is totalled. I'll keep you all informed as I know more. I did go see him today, and he was in relatively good spirits (considering), and had his wife, mom and sister to take care of him.
            Bother free is the way to be- Winnie the Pooh

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            • #7
              Thanks Dave that's good to hear. Cars and bags can be replaced, people can't. It happens so quick too. That is really scary about the tank splitting.
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              • #8
                Yeah, thanks, Dave. Geez, that's scary, but I'm glad James came through it. I hope the kid in the SUV didn't scratch his goddamned front bumper.

                Dan
                Dan

                "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- George Harrison

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                • #9
                  what counts, james is with us and sounds
                  he is in good spirit, despite the loss of the nice car and it end before under
                  different circumstances.
                  Peter

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Dave, when I saw his car and the officer said Harborview that is not a good combination, I am glad hes O.K. my best to his family and to James. Scott

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                    • #11
                      How about we burn an SUV in effigy at our next get together!! James you can toss the first match!! Anyone know where we can get one donated?

                      Hope you get to feeling better soon (physically), we all mourn your loss.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for you thoughts! We are now home and he is doing well. We have a long road of healing in our future. He will be out of work for at least a couple of weeks. We go back to harborview Monday for a followup. James says he looks like a teletubbie after a bar fight! Always the joker. He still has his love for the mini he will find a way to make it safe. He was coming up with plans for that in the hospital. If you want to talk his phone burnt with the car. my cell is the same but last two are 44.

                        Scott
                        Sorry you had to see the car. He made sure to tell the people that called me not to go through the valley. What a great husband in his time of pain he was thinking of me. Did you by chance notice what police department was there. I need to get a police report but have no idea who to contact.

                        Dan
                        The mini took out its wrath on the Mercedes by catching the front of it on fire as well. The driver was not hurt and got out safely.
                        thank you,
                        Heather
                        "remember, in this country, they drive on the wrong side of the road"
                        ‘64 Austin Countryman-???
                        '60's Austin mini truck - the chicken truck
                        '60 Morris Van - Marvan
                        '55 Chevy wagon- the heavy Chevy

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                        • #13
                          Heather, I talked with the Washington state patrol, I would contact the one in spanaway off 512 & Portland AVE. Also maybe the Orting police Dept. I am sure they were there to, glad James is O.K. let me know if you need an lawer, the one that helped me was good! Scott

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Scott,
                            Heather talked to Orting PD "clueless" they didn't respond because it was outside there area. The Fire Department on the other had was very helpfull. They gave her WSP's # and even asked about how I was doing. Turns out the car has been tacken to BUCKLEY! I guess it goes to whoever gets a tow truck there first? I don't want it back, just want to see it a take some pics to help me with why the tank burst, and how we can protect ourselves better.
                            Any help will be gladly accepted. I will be out of work for some time, I'm afraid. With no firm answer yet on "lost wages" comp. I'm not sure where that's going to put us financially.

                            For those of you who are wondering why I was so foolish to go back to a burnning car for a back pack........ I am an avid beliver in my 2nd amendment rights. I have a CPL and carry almost everywhere I go. I put my own safty aside when it comes the possibility of a fireman being killed by a .45 cal bullet cooking off from inside the car. I hope this dosen't change how people feel about me, it's just the way I am.

                            On a lighter not, I have plenty of time to do absolutly nothing but read Mini Mag's and surf the web for a new mini. I already have a couple in mind Feel free to PM me or call (not the cell) any time.
                            Scott, thanks for the tip for a lawyer. My Moms lawyers are already chomping on the bit, but if that falls through I'll let you know.

                            James
                            "remember, in this country, they drive on the wrong side of the road"
                            ‘64 Austin Countryman-???
                            '60's Austin mini truck - the chicken truck
                            '60 Morris Van - Marvan
                            '55 Chevy wagon- the heavy Chevy

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                            • #15
                              James,

                              Glad to hear you are okay. Hope you have a speedy recovery.

                              Priscilla and Paul

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