Friday, May 11, 2007

Drive carefully

Just wanted to tell everyone to hug someone or tell someone you love them today. I had a very frightening experience yesterday and I'm so thankful to be alive.

I was driving on the highway yesterday, listening to Hey Hey Hey (My Little Beauties) by Hawksley Workman when an oncoming car pulled into my lane as if it was going to pass the car in front of it. But it was much too close to me to have time to pass another car. The oncoming car then hit the shoulder, spun around a couple of times and landed in the ditch. While the car was spinning around, I slammed on my brakes, started swerving and thought I was going to end up in the ditch as well. If I had braked a second later, I would have collided with the oncoming car. It was SO close.

I have no idea how I ended up parked on the shoulder after the accident. I remember swerving and I was headed straight for the ditch, but somehow I regained enough control of the car to pull over on the side of the road. There must have been some divine intervention, because I can't figure out how I avoided a huge accident.

I ran to the oncoming car that's now sitting in the ditch. An elderly man (I later found out he's 87 years old) walked out of the car without a scratch or a bruise. Thankfully, an ambulance was right behind me and stopped to help the old man. This is when I realized I almost died in a car crash. I was shaking and crying, so the paramedics put me in the ambulance for a while.

The old man told the paramedics that he swerved to avoid a deer, which is, of course, untrue. They told me he might have dementia and hallucinated or he might have just fallen asleep at the wheel. They took him away in the ambulance while some other paramedics calmed me down enough to give the police a statement.

I'm still quite shaken up by the experience, but my health is fine and I'm happy to be alive. My neck hurts a bit, which might be due to the swerving, but otherwise I'm okay. I just can't believe how close I came to hitting another car going 100 km/h on the highway. The paramedics in the ambulance that was right behind me on the highway saw the whole thing happen. They said they have no idea how I gained control of my car. One said, "We thought for sure we were gonna lose you too."

Be careful driving today and I'll post some photos of my finished sunny socks later on today to cheer us all up.


  1. Wow, glad you're okay.

    I'm a big fan of mandatory re-testing. It seems crazy you can get your license at 16 and then keep it for decades by just renewing it.

    Oh, and Hawksley rocks. It was his incredible voice that got me my Weekend Mornings mug :)

  2. Wow, Ingrid, I'm glad you're ok.

  3. Holy crap, so glad you are all right!

  4. Wow - you definitely have a guardian angel. So glad you're ok.

  5. Holy smokes, I'm glad you're alright, too! Thinking about other people's driving when I'm on the road is one of the things I won't miss while on maternity leave. I hope you continue to be safe!

  6. i'm so glad you're ok ingrid! it's in times like this that makes you realize how you have to live life to it's fullest every single day! loving you from Moncton. always in photo and music, marc... aka bones

  7. Phew!!! Thank goodness you're ok!!!

    I was so relieved the other day to find out that my 92-year-old grandfather had finally sold his car and stopped driving. He's still a pretty chipper dude, but inevitably, when you're that old, the reflexes are not what they used to be. I was soooo worried that something like this would happen to him. Not that I want to discriminate against old folks (hey, we're all headed there right?) but I really think there should be stricter rules about elderly people driving cars.

    Again, really glad that you're ok!!!


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