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31 October 2016 @ 11:03 pm
Close Call...  
Last Wednesday, as I was driving to work on I-80, an accident happened up ahead of me—and I was lucky not to be part of it.

I saw some weaving in the 10-12 cars up ahead, and then a silver vehicle suddenly came out of the pack, driving to the left toward the K-rail separating the sides of the freeway. I knew it would hit the divider, and I slowed down to be ready in case it bounced off the K-rail and back out into traffic in front of me. Instead, it struck and then skimmed up the divider, flipping over and then rolling a couple of times. It came to rest mostly inside that left shoulder area, without hitting any other cars. That was incredibly lucky for all of the other people out on the road, though I'm not sure the car's driver survived. Someone had pulled over to the side a little farther up, and was running back toward the crashed car. I hope she was a doctor or nurse or EMT, someone with trauma experience. A big rig stopped along the right shoulder, and the rest of us continued on, grateful not to have been hit.

I could not figure out how that had happened, as most people aren't driving drunk or playing speed games in the middle of a weekday morning. Someone at work suggested texting as a possibility, which is a maddening thought, but not unlikely.

I never figured out the whys or wherefors of any of it, because there was no news report of that accident whatsoever. I realize it was a single-car accident, but it was a pretty fierce one. No CHP or traffic reports on it, and nothing in TV news or the papers. Still feeling kind of obsessed about it.

The rest of the week was rainy but safe. I watched Chuck, S2 during garage-biking, read the 17 ballot measures and decided how to vote, withstood another all-night gathering of our son's gang of friends (only 3 guests this time, thank goodness), saw The Accountant with HalfshellHusband, and finished reading Lily And The Octopus. We liked The Accountant quite a bit—it was an interesting and unusual story, with an underlying thread regarding how trying to help your children survive may sometimes destroy them instead. The review in our paper was kind of "meh," mainly because of the violence, but it seemed to miss the point of the story. The Accountant was all of those things, all snarled together, as a result of his childhood and the choices his father made.

I hope everyone had a lovely Halloween! We had very few trick-or-treaters (and almost no tiny people), partly due to the deadness of the surrounding houses and I think also due to rain threatening to arrive around 7-8pm. Which it did, right around 7:50. :(

CaffieneKitty: eekcaffienekitty on November 1st, 2016 06:44 am (UTC)
That's a scary accident. I'm glad you're ok.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:56 am (UTC)
Just watching what was about to happen-- that car coming back into traffic or being launched at my car-- was pretty horrifying. I was so relieved that no one else became part of that.

With the lack of any reporting on it, I have this surreal feeling of, "Well, did that actually happen?" But yes-- it did. :(
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 1st, 2016 06:50 am (UTC)
Happy Halloween!

(Glad to hear you escaped that accident. Sounds brutal.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad nobody apart from whoever was in the car got hurt. The driver appeared to be wearing a seat belt, so if hitting the K-rail and flipping didn't kill them from the force of impact, they might have been okay. Amazing to think that, but seatbelts are the only thing that will save you in a rollover. They saved me once, years ago.

Any trick-or-treaters for Halloween at your place? We have a group of houses farther down the neighborhood who close off their block and have an extravaganza, but that has resulted in almost no one coming to any of the other houses. I need my tiny people in bee suits, damn it!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 1st, 2016 07:15 am (UTC)
No t&ts for me -- I live in a condominium complex with a locked gate, so no kids can get inside. Plus I was pretty much down for the count this weekend with something. I thought it was the flu, but my flu symptoms disappeared pretty quickly. I was left with a sore (but not raw), tight throat, extreme exhaustion and no appetite. This started Wed and I am only this evening starting to feel back to normal.

Totally ruined Halloween for me, but hey, I lost 5 lbs.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
I would take a 5-lb weight loss in trade for most forms of misery. Too bad my metabolism doesn't work like that!

Bummer about Halloween, though, and that you don't get trick-or-treaters unless they already live inside the 'compound.' Little kids totally make Halloween for me, and I'm sorry mine are too old to go out now!
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on November 1st, 2016 08:41 am (UTC)
*Hugs* Glad you're okay. It's completely understandable that you're obsessing over it, it's always hard witnessing something like that.

There are studies suggesting texting while driving is more dangerous than drink driving. And I think the world is behind the curve on giving it the same stigma that drink driving has.

I love Chuck, tis an awesome show. I was thinking about watching The Accountant, will have to check it out.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
I think texting is likely more dangerous than drunk driving, and I wish we were clamping down harder on it. The fine in California is something like $144, which is ridiculous. Something like $1000 is much closer to matching how dangerous it really is.

I do love Chuck, especially the early seasons. The dorkier and less polished Chuck was, the more adorable the whole show was. *sigh*
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on November 1st, 2016 11:53 am (UTC)
That's crazy about that accident! Glad you are safe!
Halloween was fun here. Low on small people but big on neighborhood adults across the street having a party.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:33 pm (UTC)
I do like lots of costumes and celebration, as long as it isn't non-costumed or barely-costumed teenagers coming to the door to shake us down for candy! :O
unmowngrass: unmowngrassunmowngrass on November 1st, 2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
Wow. Is it possible the local news didn't know about the thing? Sounds like the thing they should report. Did anybody ring the police/ambulance? If they did the journos would have found out from them. Hope the other driver will be ok, but I'm also glad noone else was hurt, thank God.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
It might be that everything got cleared away from the scene before any news agencies saw it, though with the proliferation of cell-phones, someone would have called for an ambulance.

I'm so glad no one else was hurt. It looked as if that car went across 4 lanes of traffic into that divider, and it was the tail end of rush hour with lots of people on the road, all traveling at 65-80 mph.
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on November 1st, 2016 12:36 pm (UTC)
I was very interested in seeingThe Accountant, in fact thought about seeing it last night, but opted for home instead and Mama on Bravo. Now I'm even more interested. Thanks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
It was a really interesting movie-- a lot going on psychologically, if you paid attention to the flashbacks.
Murielle: Scrunchedmurielle on November 1st, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
Exactly the kind of thing I enjoy! Thank you.
Kellykajel on November 1st, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
So glad you avoided that mess. The kids had a great time trick or treating.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm glad, too!

All your kids are still in the prime trick-or-treating years, aren't they? I sure miss those days!
Maz (or foxxy!): Brothers huggingtuesdaeschild on November 1st, 2016 05:41 pm (UTC)
Glad you were okay and I hope the occupant of the crashed car was too. We just never know, do we?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
It was quite a scare-- probably just 10-20 seconds, or maybe less? Time really stretches out when you see something dangerous like that potentially coming your way.

So glad nobody apart from that one vehicle was involved! *hugs*
Direst Ryl: Analemmaryl on November 1st, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yikes! So glad you weren't caught up in that wreck.

Now I know that concrete barriers have another name on the Left Coast. I'd never heard of a K-rail before.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC)
A coworker (originally from back East) calls them Jersey rails, which I'd never heard before-- but which apparently is used everywhere EXCEPT the West Coast. It's not even a "West of the Rockies" kind of thing. :O
Direst Rylryl on November 2nd, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
It's not used in NC as far as I know. I've always heard them called "concrete barriers," even by my mom who was from New Jersey.
cindytsuki_no_bara on November 2nd, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)
that accident sounds terrifying! thank god no one else was caught in it. the poor driver, tho.

i didn't get any trick-or-treaters, but i don't normally so i wasn't too disappointed.

i cannot for the life of me figure out what the accountant is even about, but i like ben affleck and i'm curious about it, and your mini-review makes it sound interesting and like something i might enjoy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2016 05:12 am (UTC)
For some reason, I thought you were who had already SEEN The Accountant. Well, it's about someone who is on the autism spectrum and has savant-level arithmetic and calculation skills, and struggles with the typical world and with the dark side of what else he does. Can't say much more without spoiling it, but definitely interesting!
heliokleia: POOH IC - HUGSheliokleia on November 2nd, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
Phew. I am so glad to read that you are alright, my dear Mme Venus.
*thumbs up*
- And I hope that you'll get those horrible images out of your head again asap.
*huggles* ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2016 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to be safe, along with the other people on the road. That could have injured so many other people.