Accidents happen when you least expect them, I suppose that’s why they call them accidents, I told you before that Bob, Cindy’s cousin with whom we spend nearly every Saturday evening with, is a photographer for the local newspaper, this past Saturday just as we got to their home he got a call for an accident and asked if we wanted to tag along, the answer of course was yes.
We rolled up on the scene following close behind one of the Sheriff Department cars to find a car way down at the bottom of the wash, the horn on the car was blaring and all four doors were open, the back glass was gone and both the front and back end was crunched in but the top was un damaged from where I was standing, the air bags were deployed and at the side of the road was a family of four being attended to by police and fire department personnel, it appears that all the passengers were asleep in the car on their return trip home from the mountain I am assuming, when they came to the short curve in the road above the wash the driver was asleep also as there were no skid marks other than a scrape from where the frame dragged over the curb above the brush and trees below, it appears they went end over end but the interior of the car did it’s job as it appeared the injuries were minor.
Just as Bob concluded his picture taking, a couple of the law enforcement vehicles and a fire truck sped off up the mountain with lights going and sirens blaring, we were on our way to another accident, this one involved six kids in a small S-10 Chevy, when we rolled up the truck was on the side of the road with the whole passenger side scraped up and mirror missing indicating it had been sliding on it’s side, this was un nerving to me when we rolled up and I will get to why in just a minute.
These kids were all underage minus two of them and coming down the mountain the rear tire blew out sending them off the road, over correcting and rolling onto the side sliding down the road, the truck slid up to an embankment hitting a barbed wire fence and up righted itself on the side of the road, all six kids looked like they had just gotten off a roller coaster ride and were sharing a police officers cell phone making calls to their parents for a ride home as they were not allowed to leave without a parent.
A few years back when Tim was still in Jr. High he played for the school Basketball team which qualified him for the Baseball team also, the practices were after school and being that their school was about thirty miles from our home another kid on the team who was actually driving offered to drive Tim home rather than us having to drive out and get him, we get a call one evening just about the time we were deciding to go and look for him stating there had been an accident, they were about ten miles out of town and we were in the van and on our way to the scene immediately.
We rolled up on the scene to find the S-10 truck they were riding in on the side of the road with the whole passenger side scraped up and mirror missing indicating it had been sliding on its side; it was sitting at the bottom of a small embankment with the barbed wire fence above it torn down. The young driver had fallen asleep and went into the ditch ending up on its side sliding down the side of the road, hitting a culvert, the embankment and fence which up righting it, Tim was still sitting inside the truck and the driver and other passenger were walking around like nothing had happened, no emergency personnel were at the scene as of yet as being right at the edge of the city limits there was an argument over whose jurisdiction it was so needless to say about an hour passed before a state trooper took it upon himself to check it out since no one was taking the call, Thank God for people like this man, who are willing to go the extra mile to make sure folks are ok rather than argue over whose job it actually is.
Everybody was OK and it was a very scary time rolling up to see that truck torn up like it was and finding your son sitting inside with an injured leg and possible concussion, what was really scary was the next day when we went to the wrecking yard to examine the truck, Tim’s face print was on the passenger window, he told us he remembered watching the gravel slide by his face as they were skidding down the road.
Rolling up on the accident I described earlier was too close to the one Tim was in, the truck was the same and almost the same color, the accident was very similar and the damage was identical all the way down to the fact that the only broken glass was the passenger side mirror which was gone, I bet there is a face print that will scare someone’s parents to death on this truck too, Thank The Good Lord that all of these kids were un harmed and for keeping the interiors of all these vehicles strong enough to save everyone involved.
Accidents happen and Angels work overtime when it comes to protecting our kids.