Living (and driving for a living) in Chicago for about thirty years, I have seen (and been involved in) some road rage incidents. In fact, I wrote a few true stories of road rage which I was involved in. But this particular story is about a fight I saw. The hilarious thing about it is, all this took place during the 30-seconds I waited for a green light. It all happened so fast, I had to wonder if I really saw what I saw. Luckily, the person sitting next to me saw it too. We had a good laugh, then went on our way. It was one of those things that make you shake your head and say, “What just happened?”
It was my first day on the job as a tow truck driver.
I was about eighteen years old, and my boss was riding with me, to make sure I knew what I was doing. Well, after a long day’s work, we were heading home. It was dark out already, as I stopped at a red light.
Someone drove through the red light coming toward us, and broadsided a car that was going across. Both cars spun out and came to a rest right next to each other. The occupants got out of their cars. Out of the car at fault, came five young Puerto Rican guys. Out of the other car, stepped two older Polish guys.
One f the young Puerto rican guys immediately punched one of the old Polish dudes in the face. He raised his hands as if to surrender, but the young punk hit him again.
Meanwhile, another one of the young Puerto Rican guys punched the other old Polish guy in his face. he too raised his hands as if to say- don’t hit me.
Well, they punched the two old men about three or four times each.
Then the two older guys looked at each other and nodded, as if to say, “well, I guess we have to fight.”
Then, with one hit to each of the young guys, the two older men knocked them all out. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Five guys laid on the ground, and two old guys looked at themn as if they felt sorry for them.
Then my light turned green. I looked at my boss and asked, “Did you see that?” He replied, “Yeah, but I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t.”
As I drove past the two old guys I gave them a thumbs-up. That was probably the funniest fight I ever saw. And the good guys won, which I always like to see.
Road rage happens people. Always leave yourself a way out whenever you stop your car.
Ken Skaggs is a 30-year veteran trucker and safety professional, who has always been a writer, and an entrepreneur at heart. Since 2000, he’s had 150+ articles published by Ten-Four Magazine, Careers in Gear, Driver Story Magazine, and dozens of websites.