Post # 1
This is really disturbing so please don’t continue reading if you can’t handle anything about car accidents. They are my worst fear, and I witnessed the most awful thing today.
On my way home traffic started backing up, so I figured someone had gotten into an accident (fender benders often happen on this highway, so I didn’t think anything of it.) The closer I got, the slower the cars were moving. I saw tow trucks with flashing lights so again, just thought it was a fender bender. I was trying to figure out why this woman getting her car towed was such a big deal that it stopped traffic. She was pacing around behind the tow truck and then I looked on the ground and saw a neon colored shoe, which seemed really random because I couldn’t see any vehicles that had been wrecked. Then to my horror I saw a man’s body underneath the back end of a semi truck. He was dead, I could just feel it somehow.
I was in complete and total shock until I got home, and then the waterworks started…
My Fiance sent me this link so that I could know exactly what happened (he thought it would help me stop thinking about it). Please, please pray for (or send positive thoughts if you don’t pray) this poor man who lost his life and his family who lost a loved one today.
Hold your loved ones close and don’t take them for granted. I know I won’t be now.
Post # 3
@Maggie89: I witnessed something similar. A pair of shoes poking out from underneath a tarp. The man wearing them was dead. I’ll never forget that.
I hope you are able to find peace with these images, and I’m so sorry you had to see it. Thank you for passing along the important message of treasuring our families.
Post # 4
Poor guy, that’s such a terrible way to go 🙁
Post # 5
That’s so scary. SO and I use that interstate constantly. Really sad.
Post # 6
@Maggie89: Aw, that’s terrible.
Fiance has witnessed some deadly car accidents which I won’t discuss on here because it’s pretty morbid.
ETA: I’ll never forget the time I witnessed paramedics trying revive a young teenager who was pulled from a creek after his accident. Ugh. So sad..
Post # 7
This is so sad. I live near KC and drive I-35 all the time. Definitely praying for the victim’s family and friends.
Post # 8
@StuporDuck: Thank you, I really hope I can come to peace with it too. I just keep picturing him in my head (I really wish there had been something covering him but I think it had happened only a few minutes before I drove by), and I keep thinking about how usually younger people wear the type of shoes he had, which means he probably wasn’t very old. So sad to lose any life, let alone a life so young. Sorry you had to see something similar, it’s truly heartbreaking.
Post # 9
🙁 that is so sad. The poor man and his family. Im sorry to hear you saw him … that is very distressing and upsetting 🙁 my thoughts are wih everyone effected.
Post # 10
Unfortunately witnessing something like that will be on your mind and in your heart for a while. You’re right we should never take loved ones for granted and I pray for my husband to come home safely everyday from work.
I pray that God will bring comfort to the family of the victim and you as well.
Post # 11
@Rouquine: Oh that is awful!! My cousin died in a car accident when I was young, so I am really affected by anything to do with cars and accidents. I can’t imagine seeing that, I think I would lose it completely. Makes you realize how precious life is, and how fast it can be over.
Post # 12
I’m really sorry you had to see that and I’m sorry it happened. 🙁
Not long ago, there was an accident on the highway (401) near where I live (I had missed it by a few minutes, thankfully) and it made me feel the same way. A family had been driving in the collector lanes and a car decided at the last minute to move over from the express to the collectors, over the solid line. The driver making the illegal change cut off the vehicle with the family and as the father driving swerved his truck to avoid her car, he lost control and ended up rolling – eleven times – OVER the median, into the express lanes. He was killed, his wife was facing possible amutation of her legs, and their 3 very young children in the backseat all survived.
Since then, I have thought of that family every time I pass that section of the highway, and every time I pass from the collector lanes to the express (and vice versa). I hope you can find a way to let the images fade from your mind, but not the lesson to be careful and hold your loved ones close.
Post # 13
My mum still has nightmares over a motorbike accident which happened 25 yers ago. She witnessed everything and had to testify. Let me say he was wearing a helmet but it made absolutely no difference in this circumstance.
Post # 14
@Juliepants: Ughh I can’t imagine witnessing that happen, that poor family and poor you! So many sad things happen all the time, but it is still shocking to actually witness it yourself. I like what you said about the lesson to be careful—it really does make me think about driving better. And of course, really puts life into perspective.
Post # 15
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers for this man and for myself. It is so comforting to have a place to talk about experiences like this, it really means a lot. Thank you.
Post # 16
Having witnessed similar accidents myself I can honestly say that this is the kind of thing that really sticks with you. These kind of things always cause me to hug my family close and say a prayer for those involved. My heart goes out to you for having to witness something like this and also to the family and friends of the victim. I’ll keep both you and the family in my prayers.