A funny thing happened on the way to work yesterday. Of couse, it's not funny "Ha-Ha", it's more funny "Uh-oh".
Around 1:30 in the afternoon, I was traveling on I-80, heading to the mall where my bookstore is located. I passed a couple of signs noting, "Be prepared to stop" and "right lane closed 3 miles". Since construction sites are very familiar to anyone who travels I-80 in Illinois, I was not caught off guard when, after passing these signs, I soon reached a spot where traffic was slowed nearly to a stop and I moved into the left lane.
As I was braking, I noticed a car coming up fast from behind. I flashed my brakes to let this person know that traffic was coming to a halt, but to no avail. Looking in my rearview mirror, I could tell that the driver wasn't slowing down. I checked the right lane to see if I could move out of the way. Seeing that it was clear, I started to pull into the other lane, but I didn't make it.
The driver who wasn't slowing down, finally reached me and crushed the cargo area of my Rav-4. I felt the impact and watched in awe as the landscape flew by my windows while I being spun into the ditch on right hand side of the road. After my car came to a halt, I tried my best to remain calm and I called 911 and then thanks to Rikki, I was able to reach Jen. Several very kind people were there to make sure that I was okay, offering me towels for the laceration on my head and keeping my talking so I could stay focused despite what was going on around me.
EMTs soon arrived and took me to the Emergency Room, where they took xrays of my neck, chest, and torso, and performed a CT scan of my head. Fortuneatly, I wasn't seriously injured (I was wearing my seatbelt and didn't hit the windshield). I'm a little sore, I've got a hell of a bruise on my left thigh from my steering wheel, and my left arm is bruised from being slammed into my door. As I mentioned the worst of my injuries was a laceration on the top of my head, which required 9 staples to close up.
Granted, I disappointed that my car is most likely totalled, but at least I was able to walk away.
It could've been a lot worse.
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