My husband was on his way home from a business trip last night. He called just as I was getting myself ready for bed. My daughter answered the phone, and when she brought the phone to me, she simply told me that Daddy needed to talk to me. I knew right away something was wrong. His voice sounded agitated and scared. He proceeded to tell me that he drove into a white out (sudden flurry of snow that makes visibility impossible), lost control of his car, and rolled into the median of the highway….Panic ensued.
“When you say roll, do you mean you actually rolled the car?” The answer was yes. By this time I was screaming, wondering if he was ok, where he was, if police had been called, and how I could get to him.
When he hit the white out he could not see the road. He drifted onto the rumble strip that signifies you are going onto the shoulder of the freeway. He jerked the wheel back to the left causing his car to spin out of control He crossed three lanes of freeway, narrowly missed a guardrail, and then rolled over into the median. He couldn’t tell if he had rolled into oncoming traffic, so he began to panic. Within seconds, a trucker who was going the opposite way on the freeway and witnessed the accident, banged on his window asking if he was ok. When Andy said he thought he was ok, the guy busted the right passenger window out, and Andy had to crawl between the front seats on the roof of the car and out the window.
The kids and I jumped in the van and took off for the accident site. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have taken the kids with me. I knew Andy was out of the car and safe, but coming up on the accident scene was one of the most horrific things I have ever experienced. I could see the silhouette of his car in the oncoming headlights, and all four wheels were straight up in the air. I FREAKED, and my poor girl got hysterical. I couldn’t believe he survived this. Thank the Lord he was wearing his seatbelt.
EMS had come, but Andy thought he was ok, so declined an ambulance ride to the nearest hospital. Given his recent health history, I was having none of that, so I drove him straight to the hospital once we had taken care of the car details. He was put in a spinal collar right away. They were not amused, given his history, that he was not brought by ambulance. They did an immediate chest x-ray because his airbag didn’t deploy. He had a CT scan and other tests and everything came out fine. He had some wounds they needed to clean up, but I was able to bring him home very early this morning.
This afternoon the trauma has hit all of us. What a scary night. Tears have been shed, gratitude has been expressed to God for sparing his life once again, and we are very grateful to still be together the four of us.
We were told this afternoon that the car will probably be totaled. We’ll go take a look at it tomorrow and get all of Andy’s things out of it. I’m very sad, as he LOVED that car. But I love his life more, and I’m so glad he’s still with me.
Please pray for Andy as he deals with this trauma, experiences the impact pain, and is now dealing with a nasty sinus infection on top of it all.
I can handle a sinus infection…so grateful I’m not planning his funeral…
I’ve shared this all on Facebook, but thought there might be those here that aren’t on my friends list there, and might want to know what has happened. So I thought I’d share it here as well. I’ll keep you posted on how he’s doing, and what happens with his car…