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Thread: A Thankful Outcome

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA

    A Thankful Outcome

    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.

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    Our brave Explorer.

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    The truck that hit us. He whacked us with his front bumper, front tire, fender, cab step, muffler, 2nd and 3rd axles.

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    We were in this lane, he aimed between us and the palm trees. You can see his track through the median plants.

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    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.
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 04-07-2009 at 06:38 AM.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA

    Oops, would a Moderator please move this to "Off Topic Discussion"

    Oops, would a Moderator please move this to "Off Topic Discussion"
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 04-07-2009 at 06:41 AM.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Wow Dan, glad to see it was only property damage and nothing worse. The Explorer sure got munched.

    Oh...and I moved the thread for you.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Dan, I'm so glad to hear you only have to deal with the pain of insurance, and rental cars etc. that can all be dealt with.

    Thank goodness no one was hurt

    Give them kids and your wife a hug from all of us too
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Wow! You aren't kidding you had an angel looking over you. Thankfully everyone is ok. Objects can be replaced but people can't.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Wow Dan you were lucky. Guess someone was looking over you.

    Great to hear a good survivor story glad nothing happened to the family.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    That could have been much worse, not good as it is, but what could have been . Glad no one was hurt

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    Thankfully you're all in good shape. The explorer deserves to be repaired. It did it's job very well!

    Also, I'm an ex trucker and ex trucking manager. While the driver did screw up by carrying too much speed, he did a good job in the end, aiming for that gap and minimizing the damage.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    glad you came out of it unscathed so did the trucker get a ticket or just a slap on the wrist? in michigan you would be the one having insurance troubles.
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Yep, that there Explorer did a heck of a good job of protecting its occupants!
    It is obvious from your explanation it is the trucker's fault, but he did good in a fraction of a second finding an escape route instead of a full on impact!
    Good thing God wasn't on break eh????
    Yep, we all need (so sad that we do) a wake up call such as this from time to time to remind us of the importance of the day and people.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


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