Saturday, January 2, 2010

Seeing red this Christmas

In case you wondered, I'm still around. And that is not a given, considering the horrible experience I had a week ago...

To cut a long story short, I was driving to the airport on a highway not cleared of snow. With my 3-year old strapped into his car seat in the back. Everyone had warned me about the danger of driving under these snowy conditions, but I had no other means of transport.

I was driving as safely as I knew how, but 5 mins away from the airport I see a big red rescue transporter approaching from my right – at full speed. I thought I'd better move into the left lane to give him way. The next thing I know, I'm spinning around on the road and heading straight into the side/back end of the rescue car. It was a horrible fraction of a second where I saw the red vehicle coming towards me, knowing there was nothing I could do to prevent a crash. And crashed it did. The impact threw my car into the ditches, which luckily were full of snow, softening the blow. I just couldn't believe it had happened. We were all unharmed, but to think how badly it could have gone...

When things were as bad as they were, it was ironic that I should have hit a rescue car. I made my flight to London, thanks to the rescue guy. My car is not worth trying to repair, unfortunately. So now it's back to taking the bus. (Hopefully not indefinitely.) At the end of the day, I'm lucky I got away with just a bruised confidence and some shattered nerves.

Now you're updated, and probably understand why I haven't been blogging for a while. I hope to get my spirits up again soon.

11 comments:

Francesca said...

oh janne. hope you're ok and getting over it. very scary. x

MoonDoggie said...

Glad you're ok!
Happy New Year :D

Astrid said...

Oi! Godt å høre det gikk bra med deg og sønnen din.

Tror forresten jeg har helt glemt å si at vimplene har kommet - og er kjempeflotte! Jeg er storfornøyd :-)

Godt nyttår!

Jacqui said...

That kind of experience is soooo scary, even when everyone's ok in the end. I hit a patch of black ice when I was back visiting Canada about 12 years ago, skidded off the highway and into a ditch and I can still remember the feeling clear as day (but wish I couldn't!). Glad that you're ok and that you made it to London alright - a bit of retail therapy helped perhaps?

Janne said...

Thanks for all your nice comments, my friends! And Jacqui - I did try retail therapy. Not sure how successful it was, though.. Expensive, yes! (How much Orla Kiely accessories is too much...?) ;-)

lisa Kjellerød said...

Poor you! Glad you are ok though. We just returned from a very cold and snowy Oslo where I experienced snow driving for the first time.... Very Scary!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh no! I am so sorry to read of your car accident. I understand why you are so shaken, and would need some quiet time to yourself. I'm so happy that you and your son are ok and were not hurt! Hopefully you won't be without a car for too long. Wishing you better times for 2010!

conversationpieces said...

Oh that sounds horrible... so glad you're both ok though!

Dee Beale said...

Oh no! sounds horrendous hope your OK Janne
Happy New Year
Dee

Heather Moore said...

I've taken ages to get back to checking on all my favourite blogs, and was horrified to see this story. I hope you're feeling a bit better about it now. Dreadful to have such a scary accident at any time, but especially when you're a newly licensed driver. Hope your new year is much less slippery!

Biba said...

I've been absent so only just seen what happened. How shocking, so glad you're ok, i hope the scary feelings are fading and you feel yourself again soon x