Originally Posted by artillerystevens
threw a rod complete with holes in the oil pan spilling both oil and coolant on to the ground
Now think about this carefully. If a rod bearing was going out or a rod nut loosened up, it would make some noise before it finally let go. Matter of fact, it would make A LOT OF NOISE.
The kid would have shut the motor off in that case and would not have continued to drive the truck. If that were the case, and you could have heard the motor running with the loose rod, you might fault yourself.
That is not what happened. The kid matted the loud pedal and either missed a shift or just didn't let up at all. There's only one way a rod comes through the pan, a catastrophic rev failure. He bought it, he killed it. End of story.