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Reality checks 
23rd-Oct-2007 10:12 am
Detail of 'Yuuwaku' by Audrey Kawasaki

So I was driving to work this morning and my brain just wouldn't stop grousing about last night's Heroes, and how I'd loved the first four episodes of the season and been completely psyched for this one, but ended up hating it.  And I was snarkily thinking, "How did this show go from 60 to zero on me in under an hour?" 

That's when I saw the metal cables on the fence that divides the east and west lanes on the freeway pop upwards, and a car come hurtling through the median.  And luckily, my car can go from 60 to zero in far less time than a TV show.

The other car somehow slid to a stop perfectly perpendicular to the traffic lanes, with its nose just touching the yellow line that marks the left lane off from the shoulder.  It was almost like some sort of well-executed movie stunt.  Except that instead of a stunt man, there was a 20-year-old girl who jumped out in a cloud of airbag dust, ran to the front of the car and tried to push it backwards, looked at the giant scrape marks that the metal cables left on the hood of her car as she broke through them, and then sat down in her front seat again and started sobbing. 

Another girl and I who saw it happen (I only saw her come through the median, the other driver saw the way she'd slid through three lanes of traffic before hitting the fence) pulled over and called 911, and a nurse who was on her way to work stopped too.  When a cop finally showed up, he essentially yelled at us for pulling over when "no one was hurt"--because, you know, who cares if the driver is so upset that she might have killed someone that she can't even hold onto a phone, let alone dial for help--and shooed us away, and we all left after the girl insisted she had calmed down enough to call her dad and AAA and would be okay.

I kind of don't really care about Heroes sucking, now.

Comments 
23rd-Oct-2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Um. Hugs?

Stupid cop.
23rd-Oct-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Despite the fact that she almost hit me, I felt really bad for the girl--her first thought after coming to a stop was to make sure her car was out of the path of traffic, so no one else would wreck.

It was certainly a harsh reminder that there are far more important things for me to spend time worrying about.
23rd-Oct-2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's unreal.
23rd-Oct-2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've witnessed several nasty rear-endings happen ahead of me on freeways before, but never had a car come flying towards me like that.
23rd-Oct-2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Jesus woman, I'm glad you're okay after all of that. Poor show from the police though- God forbid you guys should be good samaritans or anything.

xx
23rd-Oct-2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
I know! I was so irritated! I mean, my aunt is a cop, and I used to work for a juvenile court so I spent time around sheriff's deputies, and I know you kind of have to shut down your emotions in order to do the job well. But dude. The girl was clearly upset, and for all we knew, she might have had internal injuries and collapsed after the adrenaline wore off. We weren't about to leave till someone else got there to look after her.

But yeah...it was a very bad few seconds as I thought, please let the car stop please let the car stop.
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24th-Oct-2007 05:56 am (UTC)
It was one of those things that could have ended totally differently if her car hadn't stopped right where it did...or if there hadn't been that wire fencing across the median. I've actually wondered before if it would really slow vehicles down that much if someone lost control and hit it...YES, IT DOES.
24th-Oct-2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that no one was hurt, but that is one hell of a reality check. Also, what a dick (the cop, I mean.)
24th-Oct-2007 05:58 am (UTC)
It was totally not a good way to start the day...but on the other hand, if a wreck had to happen, it was the best way for it to happen: no one got hurt and aside from the paint job and the airbags deploying, no cars were even damaged. Ugh. I'm getting miffed at the cop again, though.
24th-Oct-2007 02:22 am (UTC)
Holy crap! What an ass that cop was! I know here, anytime a vehicle is involved in an accident, even if it's just a fender bender, 911 has to handle it. Just...wow.

*hugs* I'm glad you're okay.
24th-Oct-2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! *hugs back*

It's a weird thing because when there's an emergency, my brain will just shut off the emotions and become completely logical: "OK, get out the cell phone and dial 911. The driver's walking so she's probably not seriously hurt but may need checked out. There's some white stuff coming out of her car's interior, need to make sure that that's just airbag dust and not smoke..." It was only after the cop told us to leave and I got back in the car and it was all over, that I suddenly went HOLY SHIT!!!!!
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