On Wednesday evening, I witnessed a horrible car accident. I was traveling south on a Highway (125 for those of you in the Springfield area). The Highway is very narrow and has many hills. People are often speeding on this highway...it is very accident prone.
I left work and was on my way to pick up my kids from daycare. I heard a screech, looked in my rear view mirror and saw two trucks hit each other in a head-on collision. It was terrible. One SUV went flying and landed upside down on one side of the road. The other pickup went spinning on the opposite side. I have seen accidents before and have been in one, but the sound of this accident was absolutely horrific. The vehicles were completely smashed and totaled.
The vehicles were only about 100 feet behind me.
I quickly made a U-Turn and called 911. I was the first one on the scene. As I was giving the operator directions to the accident, she was asking me to look in the vehicles to see how many people there were. There was one lady in the pickup. She was knocked out cold. I was afraid at first she was dead, but after a few minutes she began moving. In the SUV that flipped over, there were a husband, wife and two small children.
I won't go into graphic detail, but it was very bad. They had to use the jaws of life on both vehicles. It just sickened me. I called our local monastery right after I got off the phone with 911 and asked them to start praying for those in the accident. I began praying myself, but felt shocked and powerless.
I watched the news that night to find out what happened, but the story wasn't covered. When I walked into class last night, my professor told me she heard me being interviewed on the radio. She said the deaths were tragic. I quickly asked her what happened because I didn't know the status of those in the accident. She told me on the radio in the morning they said there were 3 fatalities; 2 children and 1 adult. I felt like I was going to be sick. I left the class room and called the Abbess to pray for them.
I have felt a wave of depression since hearing this. If I had been 3 seconds later, I would have been in the accident. I thought "what if I had my kids with me?" Why did God spare me? Its all very sobering.
Please keep these people in your prayers. May God keep all of you safe in your daily travels. Lord have mercy.