The truth is often stranger than fiction. Many of us have had experiences in our lives that make us stop, shake uncontrollably and realize we should not have survived what happened.
Sometimes we play the tape over and over in our minds and cannot figure it out - there is no sensible explanation.
This is exactly what happened to me. No one on this planet will ever convince me of a reasonable explanation because there is none. What happened defies all laws of nature and physics. I watched it happen. I still can't believe it.
If you could read the balance of this post in a few seconds it would still be s l o w e r than the actual occurrence.
The sun was shining that early Friday morning when I left southern Washington for the long trek home. I was pacing myself to miss rush hour traffic in Seattle so stopped for breakfast around 8 A.M. I called my husband to say "Good morning, honey. I am on schedule and should be able to meet up with you later this afternoon. It's a beautiful sunny day and I can't wait to get home." We never know when we say good-bye to someone we love if it could be the last time we speak to them.
Interstate Highway 5 is a seven-lane highway with a speed limit of 70 mph (112 km). I was in the second lane from the right when suddenly I noticed a black car edging very close to the right side of my car. She was traveling at the same speed and I was shocked that she was that close and not hitting my car.
Without time to check my mirrors, I moved over to the next lane on my left and she followed, just as close. Holding down my horn, she was not responding nor was she hitting my car. I eased up on the accelerator to slow down and what happened next is not interpretable.
Just as I started to slow down enough for her to pass me, I realized I was now on the far left HOV lane and still traveling at the same speed. As she passed I noticed her brake lights were not on and I imagined she was in a hurry and would proceed in front of me. Consequently, I had no reason to apply my brakes.
Please realize this happened within a few seconds, not minutes. However, the reason I did not see any brake lights was because she was not stopping or slowing down or even continuing on the highway. In the microsecond it took her to pass my car she hit the viaduct immediately in front of my car.
No Time To Respond
I did not have time to react. I did not have time to respond. I did not even have time to apply the brakes. Her car hit the viaduct head on and spun sideways so my SUV was approaching her front door dead on. Here is where all laws were defied.
|Police would not allow me to take a picture. |
The accident was considerably worse than what this photo shows.
My truck stopped. I Did Not Brake. My truck stopped. It stopped immediately. Nothing was tossed around the inside of my vehicle. I was traveling between 65 - 67 mph and my truck stopped. The engine did not die. My truck stopped within inches of her door. It was a gentle stop as if I had been traveling at 10 mph, not 60!
As her air bag was deployed it caused her right hand to rise, I saw it -- you guessed it -- her cell phone. Was she texting at that speed? Was she trying to kill herself?
By now, a couple cars pulled up to see if we were okay. I was visibly shaken. The front of the girl's car was gone. It was as if it disappeared. It was completely disintegrated, gone. A man asked me to back up my truck so he could open her door and pull her out. Then he came back to tell me "She said it was a rental car (brand new) and the steering was wonky." I punched several holes in that story immediately remembering the speed she was traveling and the fact that she never applied the brakes. And then.....there was that phone!
I still could not believe she was alive. When her car hit that cement wall, it was lifted off the ground because the impact was tremendous. Then the man said something that I shall never understand. He asked, "What's this?"
I stepped out of my vehicle and directly in FRONT of my SUV was a mound of sand as high as my front bumper. Where did that sand come from on an interstate highway in the left lane? That sand stopped my truck gently, without incident.
There is only one explanation for what happened to me and my truck. It was divine intervention. There is no other intellection of any description.
Like a small child playing with a car in his hand
Have you ever had something happen to you that was stranger than fiction?
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