Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Van Wreck

So here's what happened to the van...not the greatest picture, but the best I could do under the circumstances! So far the repair shop has the damage at $12,997.07, but they aren't done yet.

This picture didn't save the right way, but the highlighted picture is of the accident scene. The van that hit me is sitting in the middle of the intersectioin and is just a dark blob just under the tree line at the top left corner. The van that hit us was a Toyota Sienna. The whole front bumber area of the van was gone. It is sitting where it hit us, I think. Our van slid across the intersection and ended up half way up the curb! Luckily we didn't hit the fire hydrant that was right there at the corner! We were pretty close though! As we slid, I remember turning the steering wheel, but I don't know if that helped us at all. I don't remember why I was trying to steer the van, maybe so we wouldn't hit the fire hydrant.

As I entered the intesection, I remember seeing the van coming, but there wasn't anything I could do. I just remember thinking something like...oh no, wasn't my light green??? Then I heard the BOOOM CRUNCH and was so sad that my new van had just been hit. As we slid across the intersection, the airbags deployed and started hissing as they filled with air. There was a lot of dust or something floating around. Then we hit the curb and ended up on the curb/grass about a foot. WOW!!! So this is what the van looked like from the inside with the airbags!

Once I got out of the van, a guy came over to me and said he saw the whole thing. I asked him what happened and he said the guy ran the red light. The guy who hit me and cut in front of him just before the accident. The guy who saw the whole thing stayed with me until Edd arrived. Edd talked to him for a few minutes, then the guy left.

The guy who hit me came over and kept saying that he was sorry. After like the 3rd time he said it, I got pretty mad at him and let him know it!!! I told him that he needed to be more careful. He'd said he didn't see the light. I told him that he was lucky that he didn't hurt us more or even kill us. I let him know that I was pretty upset that he hit my brand new van too!!! I guess I sounded pretty ticked off, which I was, but I noticed that the officer directing traffic looked over our way.

The tow truck driver had quite the time getting the van off the curb/grass and onto his flatbed truck. Once he got it on there, Thomas was quite interested in the front passenger tire. It was squished nearly off the rim. Pretty impressive sight for a 2 1/2 year old!

Anyway, I'm glad that is all over. I'm sad that it happened. But I'm thankful that I was in my new van and not the old one, even though it would've been a little easier to swallow seeing the huge dent in the old van. In fact we probably would've had a party!!! :) If we'd been in the old van, we probably would've been hurt pretty bad. So I'm counting my blessings! :)


Brenda said...

Hey Anne! Brenda (Woods) Edwards here! Cindy Montgomery found me on facebook (which I don't use anymore) and told me about your blog! Your family is adorable! We live in Allen TX and have been here for 6 years. I have a blog as well but I made it private, but if you would like to read mine, send me your email address to and I will send you an invite. All we need now is to get Laura (Whitmore) Thorpe to get a blog going now! Take care!

Melissa said...

Anne, sooooo sad. Your new van! I am crying tears for you. If that had been me I think I would have broken down on the curb and just weeped for my new car. I am glad that y'all are okay.

Cindy said...

Yikes!! So sorry that happened!! Accidents are awful! I'm glad that you are all OK. Very sorry to hear about your van, though!!