I’m ok and no one was hurt, but I was in a traffic accident three hours ago. I was on my way to church in my truck and a minivan was pulled over on the wrong side of the road delivering a weekly shopping paper into a mailbox. I slowed down and moved into the other lane to go by them. As I came closer they pulled back onto the road right in front of me. I was going at least 40 mph and would have hit them head-on. I instinctively chose the ditch. I hit a culvert almost immediately and went airborne for 35 feet landing with the front end of my truck digging out the yard. I rolled to a stop and took off my seatbelt. My airbag didn’t activate. If I hadn’t been wearing my seatbelt I would have broke my neck in the cab or in the windshield.
I know the guy whose front yard I ended up in. Dave happened to be looking out his window and saw the whole thing. He thought it was going to be a head-on and was amazed I avoided them. I would have seriously messed them up because I had all the momentum. They pulled off the road and walked to my truck. They were more shook-up than me, and I found myself consoling the woman who had been driving.
We called the police and waited for them to come and fill out an accident report. It turns out her license had been suspended and she had been picked up for that before. She told me her eyes were blurry and she doesn’t see well. Her brother-in-law was riding with her. He didn’t have a license either. I could tell right away they were not healthy people.
T’he police officer wouldn’t allow them to drive home, of course. She received a ticket for operating without a license and for operating on the wrong side of the road. And she couldn’t call her husband because the phone in their house was out. So Dave offered to pick me up in Argyle where they lived if I wanted to drive them home. So I found myself driving home the people who caused me to wreck my truck. If Idon’t laugh I’ll cry.
All in all, I’m very happy and give thanks to God. No one was hurt. Be safe and drive defensively.
will you post some photos of the truck or accident site?
No, it’s too traumatic for me. I came down off the after-crash high which is when this post was written. Now I’m feeling bummed because my truck is probably going to be totaled. I will get some money, but no longer have a working truck. I need the truck more than the money.
I will write a post detailing my wrangling with the insurance company.
First off, glad you’re OK. As for taking the people home who ultimately wrecked your truck – that takes a heart of gold.
Forty blogs! Holy cow, your fingers must be tired. Whew.