Gotta get up at 4:30, hit the button on the coffee maker, get a cup of joe down, make some lunch for the wife, she has a 12 hour shift to pull. Get her off to work. Then I have to go home, pick up the shoes my son got with his rented tux for the prom and forgot to return with the tux, head to town, pay the light bill, then pick up my sister in law to drive to an appointment an hour away in the same town I need to drop off the shoes. I can handle this.
Got home from taking the wife to work, left to pick up the sister in law, as I was pulling up to the stop sign at the highway to turn, I saw a vehicle had wrecked in the woods straight in front of me, an arm hanging out the drivers window. I pulled into the highway, hit my emergency flashers, and headed in to the woods to investigate. As I approached I could tell it was a woman driver, and as I’m making my way to the vehicle I’m calling out “Ma’am can you hear me, are you ok?” No response. I get to the vehicle notice a young child in the back seat of the SUV, apparently unharmed (praise jeebus). I tap the woman on the shoulder looking for some response. The drivers door is all caved in, she is alive and I could see no visible outward signs of serious injury, but she was still quite addled from the wreck. I start making my way back to the car to call 911, but a gal had stopped behind my car and asked me if she needed to make the call, so I told her yes, and we need an ambulance. I’m heading back to the wreck and apparently the 911 operator had asked the young lady making the call how accesible the patient would be? To which I replied “it will be difficult to get her out.”
The lady was pretty big, I’d guess 250-260 lbs, the drivers door was smashed in and there was a console between the seats. Yeah, it wasn’t going to be an simple extraction.
I got back to the wreck and looked in on the young passenger, there was glass everywhere, the little girl (I’d guess a 1st or 2nd grader and dressed for school) was cool as a cucumber, I asked her name, she told me her name was Jasmine, and I told her I was going to get her out of the vehicle, which I did. At this point there were other people showing up, a young lady took to looking after miss Jasmine.
The drivers door was pretty unaccessible without a lot of tree branch removal so I went to the passenger side where the same work would be much easier. I got the door open and by this time the woman was coming around a bit, I told her an ambulance is on the way, then I asked her if there was another vehicle involved, she replied someone had come into her lane and she swerved off the road. I asked if she had anyone to pick up Jasmine, and she wanted Jasmine to go with her to get checked out. At which point I informed her Jasmine was fine, but I understand.
At this point a cop shows up, another one right behind him, the first cop asked me if I saw the wreck to which I responded “No, but I got here very soon after it happened.” He focused his attention to the driver and began asking all the questions as was his duty to do, I heard sirens coming from both directions indicating an ambulance and more police incoming, I saw Jasmine in good hands, and I told the cop you guys have got this “I’m clearing out.”
I still have shit to do today…
Headed for town, here come several more cops, the rescue squad, a state trooper, I knew right where they were going. I got to the in laws place, picked up the sister in law, we headed for her appointment. A couple miles out of town she inquired if I had the shoes? I forgot the damn shoes! Had to do a U turn and head back home for the stupid shoes. By the time I got to my turn to head home from the highway the scene had cleared, except for the wrecker retrieving the vehicle. It was pretty banged up, totaled I’m sure. Got the damn shoes and headed back out. The rest of the day uneventful so far, but I could use a stiff drink and perhaps a nap.
Hope you all are well as you read this. You just never know what sort of day it will be when you roll out of bed in the morning…