Continued from Tweaking is the Best Way to Travel….
I thought the car was filling up with smoke, but it was some kind of dust from the airbag. Either way I got out quickly. That was when I realized that I had my dog with me. Willie jumped out after me and ran across all four lanes of traffic and the median, somehow avoiding every car, truck, and semi on the road. He appeared to be uninjured as he disappeared across the road. More on that later.
A car pulled up behind me, the lady jumped out and said, “Oh my God, I can’t believe you’re alive!” It turns out she was a nurse at the Mayo Clinic. I asked her to call 911, she talked with them and said I appeared to be in shock, but otherwise okay.
Looking at the car I first noticed the front, driver side wheel gone, and the engine resting, smoking, on the ground. Everything “accordianed.” And that was really all the damage to me and the car.
When the cop came, I sat in the front seat with him and answered some questions. I was very nervous because my pockets were full of felonies. But I’m a good liar and he didn’t suspect a thing.
The car I was in had no insurance so I ended up losing my license for a couple years, but I got it back and still have it now. End of story.
That was the first of three similar accidents, two of which happened more recently, within the last three years. All related to dozing off while driving. I do consider myself lucky to have never hurt anybody.
A week after the accident, after calling around various animal shelters, a friend of mine located Willie at the St. Charles veterinary clinic. He was just fine, and now up to date on shots! He was so excited to see me I cried a little bit when I saw him. End of story, again.