- Sep 4, 2009
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A friend from church had a meeting with me at Panera Bread. It was a short meeting, and I took half of my coffee with me to drink later. After picking up some vegetables at home to give to another friend on the other side of town, I put them behind the back seat, and was on my way.
10 minutes into the trip, the coffee ended up on my windshield, along with many of the tomatoes.
Approaching a stoplight on a 4-lane road, the light turned green as I approached. My lane (on the right) was clear, so I proceeded through. There were 3 cars in the left lane; the front car was waiting on traffic to make a left. The 2nd car behind it was apparently impatient, and turned suddenly into the right lane - directly in front of me. A second later, my van was rolling over, I was belted in hanging over the right side, and nearly everything which had been anywhere in the car was now in the front. Once responders had arrived, I was able to exit via the rear door - the only one which was accessible & could still open.
I thank the Almighty that the seat belt worked perfectly, and I was not injured (nor apparently were the occupants of the other vehicle) but my favorite van is likely a total loss. The police cited the other driver for an unsafe turn without signal, so their insurance will be liable. My mechanic will inspect & evaluate the damage, but the left front is caved in, both sides are heavily damaged, and the trans axle appears to have cracked... so the van will likely be a total loss.
So Glad that you took your angels with you that day!!!