Moment of panic and terror!

  1. I was driving home down the I-55. I'd just dropped my cousin odd at the Midway airport near Chicago.

    Things have been crazy of late - lots of things on my mind.

    It happened just as I had passed Lexington and was approaching Towanda. There was a large trailer-truck in the right lane and I was driving a comfortable 70 mph in the left lane, passing the truck in one clear shot.

    I guess I must not have been paying close attention - because as I began my approach, this other SUV guy came out of nowhere from the rightlane, cut in between ME and the Trailer and went on forward! I had to swerve left to avoid his rear end hitting my front end and found myself, half on the median and half still on the left shoulder of the road.

    As I was in the process of cussing the idiot and slowly edging back onto the road, it happened. I was slowly edging back because I knew that if I rapidly swung back onto the road, I was going to fish tail and at the speed I was at, I might even flip and barrel roll.

    Well, my left front tyre hit something - large rock, dead animal... I dunno. Whatever it was, shoved the front end of the car waaaaaaaay too far and that's when I started spinning. Before I could say "What the ****!", I had spun around once. I distinctly remember braking intermittently while wrestling with the wheel with semi-force. One corner of my eye saw the trailer truck roar by inches from me as I was doing the second spin.

    By the time my brain was screaming "Don't let the car ROLL!" I was in my third spin... and once I was out of it, I found myself facing the right way ... now in the RIGHT lane... with a knocking engine (low speed on high gear) and a smell of burnt rubber overpowering the interior. I clutched and shifted to 2nd, looked in the rear view mirror and safely rolled the car to the right shoulder.

    Parked. Put on emergency lights. Turned off the engine.

    And then remembered to breathe!

    I looked at the hood for signs of smoke. Check
    I looked left and right and in the mirrors to see if I'd lost any part of the car. Check.

    Mosied over my gear stick and got/tumbled out of the car from the passenger side. Looked underneath my car under the chassis. Looked like something was leaking.

    Without thinking that it could be boiling hot, I stuck a finger in the dripping stream to find out if it was oil or gas. Didn't feel like either so I figured it might have been coolant (or water from the washer reservoir).

    I got back in the car and thought I was ok to drive and I tried turning the keys untill I realised I couldn't because my hands were shaking so much. It was only then that I became aware of the fact that my hands were quaking, my heart was thumping so hard I could hear it and my vest was sweat soaked. A corner of my brain was wondering how I hadn't pee'd all over myself.

    So I got back out and re-inspected my car - paying closer attention to my tyres. Other than the shearing that they'd all gone through (and my left front tyre seemed to have lost some pressure from the impact) - the car looked fine.

    So I got back in, started the engine. And drove slowly back home (just about 40 miles to go).

    I got home, poured myself a scotch and soda and downed it down. Poured myself a second and downed that down too. After than, I drank a full half litre of water.

    Now I'm sitting here nervously typing it all out and wondering just how lucky I was ....
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Sep 20, '06
  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    OMG Roy! What a frightening experience.

    Thank God you are ok.

    My dh sees so many near misses every single day while in his logging truck - people are just so ignorant.

    Consider yourself hugged dear.

  4. by   donsterRN
    Roy, I am so happy you're safe. That must have been horrible to go through; how frightening! The other guy just drove blithely on his way, huh? Idiots are everywhere, I'm afraid.

    I'm glad you're OK.
  5. by   nursemary9
    [quote=stevielynn]OMG Roy! What a frightening experience.

    Thank God you are ok.

    All I can say Roy, is Ditto what Steph said!!:icon_hug: :icon_hug: :icon_hug:

    WOW!! I broke out into a sweat just reading your post!!

    Well, again, I can only Thank God you;re OK.

    Angels must be watching over you!

    Try to calm down and get some rest--if you can.
    Try not to relive this too often

    Mary Ann
  6. by   rn/writer
    Hug, Roy. How scary. We have to drive through Chicago to visit our oldest daughter and her family. We joke that the speed limit signs are only a suggestion and allowing a stopping distance is like waving a flag in front of a bull--someone's honor-bound to slide in front of you.

    I'm glad you're okay.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    At least you have returned home in one piece.

    My car started spinning on Interstate 5 a about two years ago as I was making the 90-mile drive home from school. I didn't realize there was black ice on the roads and my car started spinning out of control.....

    We're glad you are uninjured. :kiss
  8. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I'm so glad you're alright! I would probably have panicked and driven off of a cliff...
  9. by   CHATSDALE
    bless you,so happy you are in one piece love you roy
  10. by   Mimi2RN
    Glad you are OK, Roy. Your guardian angel IS watching over you. Hope your car is fine when you check it out in the daylight. (That leak didn't sound good).

  11. by   Corvette Guy
    Glad you handled the wheel in an excellent manner... I mean it could have been a lot worse. The sad thing is, I bet no one stopped to check on you?

    A couple of years back I was going down the freeway when another car pulled in front of me & I hit a slick spot in the road, then did three 360 degree spins w/o anyone running into me. However, I side swiped the center median concrete wall twice and the car was not drivable after the fact. My wife was trailing me in her vehicle and she was more shook up than I was in fear that I may have been hurt, but I suffered not even a bruise. However, believe me...I can understand you Roy when you mention your hands were trembling.

    Again, glad you handled the situation as well as you did and more importantly no one was hurt.

  12. by   Roy Fokker
    Thanks you all for your well wishes :icon_hug:
    I really mean that

    The Commuter and Corvette Guy:

    Would I be safe in assuming that in each of your cases, the "incident" happened BEFORE you actually realised it was happening? :uhoh21:

    Because it's kinda how I felt AFTER it had happened. I mean a part of my brain was still thinking "Wait a minute! Did what I really think what happened just HAPPEN in real life?" LMAO!

    Quote from rn/writer
    allowing a stopping distance is like waving a flag in front of a bull--someone's honor-bound to slide in front of you.
    I think you are more right than you realize! :uhoh21: I swear! I mean faced this "behaviour" ALL the way down...

    Come on folks! There is a REASON I am NOT follwing so close to the other guy!

  13. by   weetziebat
    Roy, I truly tremble reading your post. I hit black ice once and spun out of control and am well aware of how one's hands can tremble, while no one stops to even check on how you are.
    Thank goodness you did the proper things to get your car under control and drivable.
    I fully understand the need for a strong drink. Very happy to hear you made it out of the situation intact.
    Take care and so glad you made it safely out of this potential disaster!
  14. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from Corvette Guy
    Glad you handled the wheel in an excellent manner... I mean it could have been a lot worse. The sad thing is, I bet no one stopped to check on you?

    Ditto that!

    Roy, glad you are ok. Hope you're not too sore this AM. Make sure you get checked out if anything hurts.

    (Change of subject...glad my DH isn't in a SUV up there...So, I can safely say it wasn't my DH....He's in Chicago until tomorrow