This morning I had to drive the wife to work with the kids because I needed the "big" car, our 7 seater Explorer (she won't drive my truck).
Stopped right at a crosswalk waiting for the red light to change there was a lot of noise and great jerking of the car. To my right was a Peterbilt with two dump trailers grinding its way down the side of the car. We found ourselves in the middle of the intersection and pushed one lane over to the left. The Peterbilt had stopped just past the intersection. I made sure we were all still in the car and drove around the truck to the front, after being hit once I didn't want to get hit again just sitting there in the middle. I called 911 right away and had Los Angeles Sheriff, LA County Fire and California Highway Patrol there at 3, 5 and 10 minutes.
In the car were my wife, our three kids (2, 3 and 5) and a high school exchange student. Not a scratch on any of us, no bruises or anything else.
We were in the right lane of 3 lane boulevard with not more than three feet between us and the curb to the right. Yes it was the truck driver's fault, but he hit us on the right rear bumper with the left corner of his front bumper. His trailers were full of dirt, another foot to the left and my kids could have been seriously injured. Two feet more to the left and some of us probably would have died. There is no doubt in our minds and hearts that the Lord had an angel watching over us this morning.
Here's the pics I took after everything settled down.
The intersection and the where we were, where we were pushed to and final spot.
Our brave Explorer.
The truck that hit us. He whacked us with his front bumper, front tire, fender, cab step, muffler, 2nd and 3rd axles.
We were in this lane, he aimed between us and the palm trees. You can see his track through the median plants.
I was going to take the kids to Disneyland with some friends visiting from Barcelona (Spain), but I just called a cab and went home after this and had them get another ride to visit the mouse. Spent the rest of the day dealing with the insurance, lining up a rental car and many acts of spontaneous kid hugging.
Just remember anything can hit you when you never expect it. Be sure to always leave your loved ones with a smile.