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.