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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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Jul. 8th, 2008 09:18 am (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::
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:27 am (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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Jul. 8th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly! {{{ hugs back }}}
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:25 am (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!
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:06 am (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."
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:25 am (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.
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:11 am (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!
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
Whoa! Sounds like a bad crash :-(

I'm glad you're okay *hugs*
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! {{{ hugs back }}}
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Jul. 8th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
You and me both. Thanks!
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)

I swear people are actively trying to kill me when I take the car out these days.
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
It seems that way sometimes... {{ hug back }}
Jul. 8th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
ACK! Glad you're okay!
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! And ACK indeed!
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:04 am (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.
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Yes, exactly.
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Okay, that totally sucks!!!

Jul. 8th, 2008 10:14 am (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. :-}
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
UGH!! I'm glad that you are ok, at least.
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
You and me both, hon. Thanks!
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Jul. 8th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of...
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad you're okay, but wow that sucks!
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
Thanks, and indeed it does! {{{ hugs back }}}
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:58 am (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).
Jul. 8th, 2008 10:59 am (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...
Jul. 8th, 2008 11:00 am (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
Jul. 8th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
Great quote!

And nah, my own luck is wacky enough without outside influence. ;-}
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