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Another Ford bites the dust.

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On a serious note, aside from my being killed from a Regal GS today....I got into work this morning to hear the news that my mom had been involved in an accident. First off let me tell you she ALWAYS wears her seatbelt.

Her route takes her to a semi-remote part of the city in which you travel over 3 RR tracks and then you have to make a right turn. Well this morning she was taking her normal route and went over those tracks, turned right and continued on her way. What the police think happened was that she had kinda slipped off the road a little and tried to swerve back onto it, basically making herself fishtail over the oncoming lanes. Whilest she was in her fishtail, apparently another truck/car was coming from the other way and T-boned her in the passenger side door.
I talked to her after I ate lunch and she said all she remembers is driving straight, and then waking up in the field off the side of the road with someone looking into her window. Then she called into the office twice after someone head already called once at which point my dad took off. She went into shock.

My mom was driving a V6 semi-full-sized Ford Ranger 4x4 (I´m sure she had the 4WD on too), but I don´t know what the other car/truck was. I went and looked at my moms Ranger and the entire passenger door is mashed in and parts of it are pushed against the passenger seat, the front quarter panel was shoved underneath the hood and the rear panel was also pushed inward. This truck has those sit facing each other rear fold down seats.

She refused to go to the hospital until my dad showed up and made her go, the doctors gave her an aspirin and released her at 11 or so and then my dad brought her home where she´s been resting since then. Luckily, she got hit on the passenger side of all places so no one was seriously hurt.

This morning was shitty beyond belief, it was warm yesterday, everything melted and then froze again last night, then it started to snow this morning again. That means horrible black ice. By the time I got on the road around 9 everything was just wet, no snow or ice anymore. Just yesterday Fort Wayne had 3 fatalities from this kind of weather pattern.
This is my moms first accident since she was 21 yrs old when she got t-boned by a hit-and-run (and never caught) driver. She´s an excellent driver but I think she just got a little too comfortable with the 4wd at her disposal. I´ve gotten a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with 4x4 sideways, so I know it´s not too hard to do.

I´m begging all of you, wear your seatbelts and if that white stuff starts to fall, slow down. I don´t care if you´re late. slow down.
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First off, glad to hear your mom is ok. Seatbelts do save lives so wear them. Lucky for us scort owners thats not too much of a problem (its sort of mandetory). However, many people forget to put there lap belt on. Just remember you need the whole belt to protect you otherwise it could make things worse than if you didn´t wear a belt at all. My mom was in an accident about two years ago. I know exactly what happened because I was with her when it occured (along with my sister, my best friend, and my sister´s best friend.) She was driving my grandfather´s 96 Oldmoble Cierra and thought she could make it across three lanes of traffic into a shopping plaza, she must not have seen the giant white Buick Century coming at her. A second later I just heard SCRREEECH! and then WHAM! The guy was still going pretty fast when he hit us despite is better efforts to slow his car down. Luckily we were almost out of his way and he hit us just behind the rear passenger door. The car almost fishtailed and spun out, but my mom kept it under control and made it into the entrance to the plaza. No one was hurt, but both my mom and the guy were cited for failing to yeild. Worst of all we were on vacation (this all happened in Sandusky, OH) and had only been there for an hour. We were going to go to the Cedar Point amusment park after we got some things at the store. The strangest thing about the whole encounter is that the guy who hit us was on his way to work...AT the amusment park. :-o Talk about irony. Anyway, just be safe out there because things always happen when you least expect them to.
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The forester would be ok to get, but it doesn´t impress me to much in the looks department. Why not try to get the new Baja, that way she would still have a truck that handled almost like a car and it would have four doors, not to mention all wheel drive. Plus, I think it is one of the best looking hybrids (not gas-electric hybrid) out there. Just my 2 cents. BTW, an escort may surprise you on how sturdy it is when its in an accident. I was rear ended in my 87 gt by a full sized chevy truck a year ago and it held up pretty good (and so did I thanks to my seatbelt), but there is still a sizeable amount of body work to be done (I was driving without insurance at the time, luckily the guy didn´t care about getting his truck fixed and no cops were involved).
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