15 July 2007

Just a Few Seconds Earlier....

This is a personal entry that has nothing to do with decorating, or French things, or anything else so material.


Yesterday, my husband and I went to Marble Falls,Texas to pick up our precious 16 year old daughter from summer camp. On the way home, we stopped for lunch and then headed back on the road when it started to be a typical Texan monsoon. We were in the hills and my husband was driving rather fast, I thought, so I asked him to slow down because of the torrential rain. He told me to forget it, he knew how to drive in the rain, so I buckled on my seatbelt and dozed off for a few minutes. This is what happened right before us. Had we left lunch a few seconds earlier, this would have been us.



Ben stopped the car and got out and called EMS (which took about 30 minutes to get there it seemed). Four people ended up being life flighted to Austin with life threatening injuries. Four cars were involved in the wreck. Ironically, exactly one month ago, three teachers were killed in a wreck in this exact same intersection. In fact, there were still flowers marking their wreckage site. So many people had stopped to help, that after Ben finished pulling the debris off the highway, we decided to leave. It was still pouring rain. A pickup truck was tailing cars and swerving from lane to lane, going around 80 mph, as if he hadn't just witnessed the same wreck that we had. Some people never learn.

As we reached home, Ben said we should thank God that we were home and that we were safe.

14 comments:

  1. Wow. Thank God for small favors and that you stayed at lunch for a few minutes longer...Glad you're ok!

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  2. Isn't that an eye opener, I am glad to hear you are all alright, in the Toronto area they are cracking down on wreckless racers here, even taking away licenses on the spot, too many innocent people get killed due to crazy drivers,
    Peace ,
    Chris

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  3. Wow...that woke me up, glad you hear you are safe. It's a shame that these things happen all over the states and people continue to be careless drivers even moments after, like you said. Well, take care Joni!

    ~Kate

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  4. Same thing happened to me last month (30 sec. earlier a car flipped at high speed.) Thank God you and your family are ok!

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  5. Frightening! I am so glad you are safe for that beautiful daughter of yours!

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  6. Life is so precious. We never know what is around the corner. I am glad that you and your family are safe and unharmed. Many blessings to the families of the injured ones.

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  7. Timing. Thankfully you and your family are fine.

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  8. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm fine but my husband can't get it out of his mind. Casapinka - you're used to seeing everything at the ER - but for someone like Ben, it's been traumatic. I didn't actually see the people in the cars like him, so I don't have that vision in my head. Thanks again everyone, I just wasn't up to posting about furniture, but I'm up to it now!
    Joni

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  9. Something like this certainly puts it all into perspective, doesn't it? Thank goodness your family is okay.

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  10. So glad you all are okay. It's so scary the way some people drive.

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  11. I'm so glad y'all are safe. I thought about you week before last when we were shopping in the Rice Village!

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  12. Rice Village?!! I was probably driving through the Starbucks on Kirby! Oh, such a small world.


    Joni

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    參觀,Thanks

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