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This is my bad luck for the week, right?

You know what's nice? Having a new car for more than TEN DAYS before getting rear-ended.

I'm fine, Titania is mostly fine. Superficial damage to the rear bumper, nothing in front except a slight warping of the license plate.

Which may also be my good luck for the week. Because I don't think I want to know how fast a Honda Accord was going in order to knock a Ford Explorer into me with enough force to imbed its license plate screws in my bumper and bump me into the next car up the line. And because everyone in those back two vehicles left the scene in ambulances.

It's really quite surreal to spend half an hour parked at the side of the Eisenhower behind a wall of emergency vehicles. The final count was two state police cars, four ambulances and a fire engine. That last was because the front end of the Honda looked like a crumpled piece of paper and there was smoke pouring from under the hood for about fifteen minutes.

At first the guy in front of me and I thought the SUV had hit me and taken off. Then we noticed it was still in the center lane where the impact happened, and that there was smoke rising from behind it. The state troopers got those two pulled over. When I called 911, the operator already had at least one report, and asked if I was in one of the cars with kids. :-( Man, I hope everyone's okay. The two cop cars were between me and the back two vehicles on the shoulder, so I couldn't really tell what was going on, but every one of those four ambulances unloaded stretchers and backboards, and loaded them back on with patients. I'm kind of surprised not to find anything about it in the news this morning -- it was bigger than other accidents I've seen reported -- but the SUV that hit a fire truck on the southwest side was understandably a bit higher-profile.

On the phone with brainiacfive last night, we were boggling at how fast she must have been going to set off that kind of chain reaction while we were moving -- I estimated it was about 20 mph. But as I think about it, the flow was somewhere between stop-and-go and slow-and-go, and I think we were all just starting to move again out of a stop or near-stop. Which means all three "victim" vehicles were close together, but with brakes off.

Around the time the second ambulance arrived, I stopped repeating "I don't fucking believe this!" about my own situation. And I do hope the woman who caused it all is okay. And I am glad my car is perfectly driveable and I won't have any problem waiting until I get back from Toronto to get it repaired.

But I'm still also really pissed off.

Ten. Days.

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thanatos_kalos
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
yeesh- my mom was in one of those a few years ago (caused by a police car of all vehicles). I'm glad you're okay, but you did have someone check you over, right? ::careful hugs::
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
One of the firefighters checked on me and the other uninjured driver. The paras/EMTs were understandably a little busy. :-/

By the time he talked to me, I had been twisting and stretching every which way to see what was going on. Advantage of lifelong movement training: I'm always aware of what's going on with my body, and what's right and what isn't.
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wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly! {{{ hugs back }}}
tryslora
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I'm glad to hear you're okay (and that your new baby while bumped, but still mobile). I had a friend describe a similar situation as "Did you hear about the six car pileup on the northway? No? I couldn't miss it... heard about it from cars four and five..."

Needless to say, she was car three. She was fighting knee issues for a few months after, so I'm very very glad to hear you are well!
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, I had something similar when I got to rehearsal last night. "Were you behind that big mess on the Eisenhower?" -- "No, I was IN it."
maiac
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
HOLY COW! I'm glad you're not hurt. But how is the headrest in the car? Is your neck stiff from being abruptly shoved forward? You might want to have it checked out, to avoid problems later on.

Good thoughts for the other people in the other cars, that their injuries aren't serious.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
Neck and back are fine, at least thus far. I was twisting and stretching every which way to see what was going on. And decades of movement training = constant awareness of what's going on with my body, especially my spine. So I'll notice if anything crops up.

Good thoughts for them indeed. Thanks!
stef94
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Sounds like a bad crash :-(

I'm glad you're okay *hugs*
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! {{{ hugs back }}}
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wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
You and me both. Thanks!
kjaneway
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
*hug*

I swear people are actively trying to kill me when I take the car out these days.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
It seems that way sometimes... {{ hug back }}
mrv3000
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
ACK! Glad you're okay!
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And ACK indeed!
tricksterquinn
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're ok! And I understand how frustrated you must be at Titania getting damaged at all, but I'm mostly just really glad you both came out relatively undamaged.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly.
therealjae
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Okay, that totally sucks!!!

-J
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
It really, really does. I'm focusing on (a) I'm okay, and (b) it won't affect my Toronto trip. Priorities, y'know. :-}
kevenn
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
UGH!! I'm glad that you are ok, at least.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
You and me both, hon. Thanks!
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wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of...
mtgat
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad you're okay, but wow that sucks!
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and indeed it does! {{{ hugs back }}}
jennetj
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, my sympathies with you and Titania. Ariel got her back end practically taken off 4 weeks to the day after I got her, so I totally can relate (though I was not in her when it happened).
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Yet more reason to be glad to have just a slight crease and a couple of funny little hexagonal punch-holes in my bumper...
sherron0
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Man! Don't it just, just, arrgh. I hope it's not because you've been "hanging around" me, and my luck's rubbed off on you. Here's what happened to me last fall: http://sherron0.livejournal.com/12393.html

And an appropriate quote:
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
- H.L. Mencken
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Great quote!

And nah, my own luck is wacky enough without outside influence. ;-}
bktheirregular
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
OUCH! Sympathies on the major headaches (hopefully not literal) coming from any car collision, but glad you're doing ok, and still mobile (on foot and wheeled)...
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
OUCH! Sympathies on the major headaches (hopefully not literal)

Not so far. :: knocks on wood :: Thanks!
ithildyn
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're okay! And I'm sorry about your poor car :(
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
exapno
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
SO glad that you're okay, and Titania mostly is. geesh :(
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. "Geesh" is an excellent word.

Love the icon!
cjmr
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Glad you're okay and the car is mostly okay.

And really glad that it didn't end up (for your new car) like my mom's similar encounter with two Explorers that ended up with half her engine in the front seat, the trunk's contents shoved through to the back seat, and the EMTs wondering how Mom managed to not have a scratch on her, despite what the car looked like. (That was another case of someone plowing, at speed, into a line of barely moving cars.)
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Yikes! And here I was unhappy when I wound up with an XTerra in my trunk a week after I moved here...
suzvoy
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeeek!
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed! :: clings ::

:: is distracted by awesome Donna icon ::
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irish_horse
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm just very relieved that you're unhurt. Cars can be fixed and replaced. People can't. Hopefully nobody in the other vehicles was hurt, or at least not badly hurt.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Amen to that!
leeflower
Jul. 8th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, glad that you're ok and that the damage is superficial. Getting rear-ended is always such a pain in the ass, because you end up explaining to someone else's insurance company that yes, it really is THEIR CLIENT'S FAULT that there's damage to the front end of your vehicle.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, in this case it's all pretty cut and dried. Although the paperwork flying among four different insurance companies is going to be a blizzard...
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butterflykiki
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Holy cow. *hugs* Very glad you're okay. I know that even an accident you walk away from fine, with only a mildly damaged car, is still really rattling.

And I really hope everyone else is okay too.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. {{{ hugs }}}
studiesinlight
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you're intact! I'm reminded to drive carefully to not become the person who started that chain reaction. I hope that the interesting story it is giving you is some sort of salvage on the incident.

I hope it doesn't even slightly interfere with your trip.

Keep watching for injury fallout for a few days, just in case? I've noticed, for me, that some things take a little while to stiffen and start hurting.
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I will make sure to pay attention. It might be tricky to distinguish it from general travel stiffness. I try to make a point of getting a bit of stretching in whenever I stay in a hotel, what with travel stiffness, unfamiliar bed, etc. So I should notice if anything gets weird.

Thank you!
diannelamerc
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

(*dittos on the relief you're o.k. & Titania will recover*)
wiliqueen
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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