Thursday, January 04, 2007

GOT MY BACK

Dear Diary,

Today it rained.

Which was fitting, as I almost got blown up this morning! I was the first car stopped in my lane at a Rail Road crossing. A white van was next to me. A quick glance over to my left showed a young man talking on his cell phone. A look in my rear view mirror revealed a man standing outside his large commercial truck, acting a little alarmed, trying to open the hood over his smoking engine. "Holy crap" I thought. He managed to get it unlatched. As soon as the cool outside air hit that engine the smoke began to bellow. The man quickly closed the hood and ran away from the vehicle. Immediately I and the van next to me were engulfed in smelly gray choking smoke! The train was taking its sweet time moving on down the line. I was able to back up...closer to the smoking truck (you Idiot!)....and swing into a tiny parking lot, trapped by the road next to me and the train tracks behind me. I was still in the blast zone, should there be one. Naturally I was facing the truck, I did not want to miss Death coming for me.

I was so calm calling 911. "Please state the nature of your emergency."

"There is a truck on fire in front of the Train Crossing"

"The address"

I was blank. Totally blank.

"Is it Lincoln Highway and Hartzell?"

"YES!" (how did they know? Oh yes, the fire station is over my shoulder and the kid next to me is on the cellphone!)

Through the smoke and my front row seat I witnessed another truck behind the first one. The driver jumped out and came running with a fire extinguisher. They tossed back the hood again and the fire was raging!! Flames leaped towards the sky.

Just at the moment the train had cleared the crossing and the arms went up. I was able to escape.

But just barely.

I gunned it and left, with the sound of the fire engine siren at my back.

10 comments:

Tammy said...

~~~shivers~~~ what a narrow escape!!
Glad you made it!!
:-D

trying2hide said...

Yeah uhm lets see here...
how do I put this...
uhm
New Haven
equals
bad news

meno said...

You do lead a life of excitement.
Glad you were able to avoid an explosion.

Lisa :-] said...

THAT was quite the exciting way to start the day...

I think I might have driven home and gone back to bed, lest something worse befall me.

Anonymous said...

What a way to start the day! I would've turned around and gone home ... maybe even hide in my bed.

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/Pollyannascorner/

AC said...

It doesn't always pay to leave home. Glad it wasn't worse.

Mary said...

yea cars on fire are not a good thing...

tina said...

Talk about scary. Geez, you were lucky to escape that mess. Glad to hear that it all turned out well in the end.

Lexa Roséan said...

scary stuff. glad you made it across the tracks!

amusing said...

Vacation in Wyoming -- an RV on the side of the road was on fire, it blew up as we went by. Very exciting. When I was dating Hippie Guy, he told me a story of driving over train tracks and getting hit by an oncoming (unnoticed) train. Tumbling along the tracks, the train pushing his truck, a box of nails and him tumbling inside the truck. The rolling stopped, but he was still being pushed along the tracks upside down, the ceiling of the truck filling up with gasoline. Spark could ignite it at any moment. He jumped out one of the broken out windows, plucked a few nails out of himself and went to a bar, where he spent the rest of the day. I have no way of knowing if any of the stories he ever told me were true....