Well it’s not something that happens every day is it?
The Baby Boudica’s have still not forgiven me for not taking a picture of it. But then on coming home and discovering an Air Ambulance on the back lawn, grabbing the camera only passed through my head as a fleeting idea before I got distracted by the wreckage and remains of the car that was occupying part of our front garden.
We came home from school to find the road all blocked off by Police. There had been a serious accident and they weren’t all that keen on letting us through. I knew it was right outside our house immediately from the expression on the Police Officers face when I told him which house we were trying to get to. The simple “oh” was enough.
I left the boys in the car and walked down to find wreckage, police and paramedics everywhere. As I opened our front door, out of the kitchen window I could see the bright orange tail of the Magpas Air Ambulance on our back lawn! I know we chose this house when we moved partly because it had a large garden, but having the ability to park a helicopter on it wasn’t originally a consideration!
My car had to driven home by a Police Officer as it was nigh on impossible to get into our drive avoiding the wreckage. Which is a bit of a sore point as when Mr Boudica came home from work, they wouldn’t drive him, they made made him park and walk!
Anyway, to two small boys being driven home by a Policeman and having a helicopter on your lawn is just about the most exciting thing to happen in the world. Ever.
Even if they didn’t get to see the helicopter on the lawn themselves and only saw it take off.
Anyway, the Police did their investigations and their clean up operation for hours, outside in the cold and dark and eventually the road was reopened after 6 hours. We are quite nice round here and did ply them with tea and biscuits regularly but it’s not a job I would want.
It turns out the accident happened about 5 minutes after I left for school. A car left the road and hit a tree opposite, it’s engine and radiator carried on another 30 feet to land on the doorstep of the house opposite, where I had been stood those 5 minutes earlier chatting to my neighbour. The rest of the car careered over the road to hit our wall and landed half on our neighbours garden and half on ours. The driver was shipped off to hospital with severe head and internal injuries. The whole road and everyone’s drives were absolutely covered in wreckage.
But that’s not the end of it is it?
The Police had to stand outside and clear it up, my kids are now afraid to go out the front of their house in case someone else crashes, they’re worried about having an accident when they’re in the car and if I’m really honest, I’m a little creeped out by the whole helicopter on the lawn thing. Alright, not by the helicopter itself but by the fact people have been walking through my garden when I wasn’t there. I suspect the dog took loud exception to that too!
The tree might have to come down as it’s been weakened and there are tyre marks outside to remind us about it every day.
But we’re the lucky ones, we weren’t hurt. Just slightly inconvenienced.
I don’t know the condition of the driver, we haven’t been told but what I do know, is that there was a little pink car seat in the back of that car. So somewhere out there is a little girl who’s Daddy had a car accident and is in a bad way. Maybe he survived, maybe he didn’t, maybe he’ll have to live with some awful injuries for the rest of his life. Either way, he’s her Daddy and one of the most important people in her world. For her sake alone, regardless of whose fault it was, I hope he’s going to be ok.
And the one, single thing that caused the whole thing?
So for heaven’s sake people, when you’re rushing around and don’t want to be late, when you’re testing out your high powered car because you think you can handle it.
Just think for a second and slow it down.
Because the fallout from when it all goes horribly wrong can be felt for a lot longer than the time it takes to reopen the road.