It was very foggy this morning and I was driving my morning commute into work on I430 (South). I430 is 3 lanes across and I was in the left hand lane and had just went over the river bridge. There was a pickup truck that was riding my tail all the way across the bridge. I was doing 72 in a 65. At times, I couldn’t see this guy’s headlights because he was so close to me. Well, I guess he decided that he wanted to go faster and he attempted to pass me.
He swerved into the lane on the right of me and the next thing I see in my rear view mirror is him spinning around and his truck hitting the wall a few times. His truck finally came to a stop and I couldn’t see if he had hit the car that was in that lane or had managed to dodge them.
I couldn’t pull over to see if he was okay because there was no median. So, I called 911 from my cell phone. I decided that was probably quicker than my OnStar (trust me, I’ve used OnStar before).
There is a guy who also works here to has the same commute and I asked him if he saw a 2nd car and he said he did but he couldn’t tell if they had been hit or had just pulled over to help – since they were on the other side of the interstate on the right hand median. He also said that the truck was still in the lane against the wall – blocking most of that lane. It being so foggy – if someone’s not paying attention, I’m sure that’s another accident waiting to happen.
So, I definitely had a close call this morning. That guy was just inches away from my back bumper – he could’ve easily clipped me, causing me to spin around and hit that wall too.
I said a prayer for him and the other car (if there was one) and I feel slightly at peace since I called 911, but I do still feel like I should’ve found a spot to pull over. I just pray the driver(s) is alright. I gave the 911 dispatch great directions – for once I actually knew if I was going North or South and I knew the exit number this all happened near. The Lord knew I needed to pay attention this morning and know these things.
I was just thinking this morning about how hectic my life (and hub’s) has been and how I wished things would slow down some. I guess this just brought me back to reality and how I need to be thankful for every second – no matter how hectic.
Edited to Add: The news has said that they’ve closed that bridge now due to “frozen fog.” It was 28 degrees this morning, but now I wonder if he hit another car or if he hit a patch of frozen fog… Also to note, there are now around 6 wrecks on that bridge. This morning was definitely a close call.