It Takes a Heavenly Village
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
I will start out saying my brother is fine and thankfully uninjured.
Yesterday afternoon I got a call from my mom that my brother's dump truck had been hit by a semi that ran a stop sign. She told me right away he was fine, just shook up. It didn't take too long until he sent us the picture of his truck. Of course, he got hit right on his side of the cab. The truck looks in rough shape however great shape after I heard the whole story. My brother was going 55 mph on the highway and thankfully he was fully loaded. He saw the semi just in time to realize he was "going to get smoked" (his words). We are not sure how fast the semi was going but being it is an intersection of 2 highways, we are thinking pretty good. The semi hit my brother and it was like hitting a brick wall. According to witnesses, the trucks collided and the semi was dragged with my brother's truck while he tried to stop. In the process of the stopping and the hit, the 2 trucks spun and did a 180 degree turn. The next thing my brother remembers is smelling diesel fuel and needing to get out of the truck. The tank was knocked off his truck and fuel was everywhere. A fire could have sparked pretty quickly and easily. Luckily he was given the all clear at the scene and was able to go to the ED via personal vehicle. After some scans and getting checked out, he got the all clear from the doctor. So much more could have happened. I told him our whole heavenly family was working on keeping him safe yesterday (my daughter claims all luck and science for him being safe). First off all, being hit right in the door by a semi speeding is not good. If he were empty, he would have flipped. The spinning of the trucks and them being stuck together could have flipped them. The fuel getting spilled could have started a fire that would have been bad. Also, had he been in a regular passenger vehicle, the outcome could have been worse. He also had his seat belt on. Unfortunately the other guy didn't turn out so well. Just being on his phone (witnesses claim he was) and running a stop sign will result in tickets. That is minor considering. The driver was not belted and he flew thru out his truck. He was laying in the road when help arrived. As far as we know, he is alive and they are talking brain injury. Sadly he is from out of state too and family is not immediately available for him. My brother had family an hour's drive away if we were needed. His boss was there within the hour as well. After you read this, please say a prayer for the other driver.
Side note: this is why I always hug my loved ones and tell them I love them. You never know if that is your last chance.