Update & True Story! ...
This is pretty tragic and I didn't post it yesterday because I was still kind of shaken up by it.
As you know, I started this thread yesterday morning (here in the western US). The thread had just turned into the second page as I was getting ready
for work. My last post before leaving was my correction to my response to Mianeye. Then out the door I went.
We live in a very rural area. I needed to go to the airport to take a short day business trip. I made it to the highway about 15 minutes later. Ten
minutes further down the highway I saw a bunch of debris fly up in the air, a dust cloud and brake lights about a mile in front of me. When I got
there I could see a livestock trailer pulled over on the side of the road. My first thought was 'Oh no, I hope no livestock were involved!'
(we raise cattle). There weren't, but it was worse.
The rancher pulling the stock trailer had been the first one on the scene and quickly stopped. I arrived next and stopped. Two vehicles had collided
(both going the same direction). As soon as I got out of the truck the rancher hollered from a few feet away. "Anyone hurt?"
, he said to me as he held his phone to his ear while calling 9-1-1.
As I walked up to see if I could offer assistance, I was somewhat incredulous thinking about this very thread. One person lay dead on the ground,
ejected from their vehicle. An infant was inextricably trapped in one of the rolled over vehicles. Another person was underneath one of the
vehicles. The rancher said there were two more people in the other vehicle. They had been attempting to get out, but he told them to stay put until
EMS arrived. He indicated one of the people had been hollering at the other after the crash about using her phone while driving, and how it would
eventually lead to a crash.
About then police, fire and EMS showed up in force. I checked with the officer and told him I didn't actually witness the accident itself and had
just stopped to render assistance, but there wasn't anything which could be done really. A short while later I left for the airport.
I don't know what lead to the accident, but I heard later the highway had been closed a short while later to allow a medical helicopter to land and
evacuate two people (one of them the infant). The whole rest of the day I couldn't help but think about this thread, the eerie almost foretelling
nature of this discussion. I don't know if what the rancher overheard was indeed the cause, but if it was it was a yet another, and sadly ironic,
example of senseless death caused by distracted driving (i.e. phone / text).
edit on 10/28/2015 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)