I’m sorry to people who follow this blog for the book reviews (those who get an email every time a post goes up), but this week begins with another non-book post! I want to write about the insane car accident I was sort-of involved in yesterday afternoon.
My family decided to go out for a drink yesterday, and my father (who is not young, and I mention this for a reason) picked us all up to head to a café/bar. Even though it’s nearly winter, the temperatures are still in the twenties, and it was warm enough to wear summer clothes.
I want to say: PLEASE follow the road rules! What I saw was an action movie-style car crash up close, and it was awful. We were parked at the traffic lights, and suddenly an SUV was flipping over in the air and about to land on top of us. It hit the traffic light pole, so we escaped the impact.
The car had decided to race through orange turning lights. However, the traffic going through got a green light a moment later, and then…
The image above was taken about an hour after the accident and published in the newspaper (not by me! It would have been horrendous to pull out a camera at the time!), but nobody there then saw what happened. The tail end of another car involved is on the far right (the white one). What you can’t see is how bad it is. It’s totally destroyed. There’s also a third car involved that’s not in the picture.
My father joined about ten others trying to push the car back on its wheels, but it was uphill (you can’t see the gradient in the picture), and it wouldn’t go. The driver was trapped, but she couldn’t climb up to get out. Eventually my father dragged her out the roof, and then climbed into the wreckage to get her licence etc.
What was so amazing about the whole, horrible incident was the people. Only seconds after it happened, dozens of people abandoned their cars and came running to help. Some parked a hundred metres away up side streets and rushed to the scene.
Luckily, the intersection is steps from Canberra’s main hospital, and an ambulance happened to be a few cars behind us.
I will never forget watching a car hurtling through the air towards us.
Everyone: PLEASE just follow the road rules. Speeding is not worth it!