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Accident When Fell Asleep

by Randall
(Maine, USA)

When I was 20 years old I was driving home from a reunion with a high school classmate. I was exhausted because this class mate turned out to have a mental illness and had kept me tense all day.

It was about 7pm at night in January during a heavy snow storm in Maine. I had been driving all day, and must have relaxed a little too much as I got within a few miles of home, because I dozed off.

Next thing I remember is waking up in the driver's seat of my old Volvo station wagon with about an inch of snow on my lap, and a broken windshield. I immediately tried to drive away, not realizing yet that I had driven off the road, down an embankment and head on into a tree.

When I came to a little more I found that my face was cut a bit and my left hip was hurting. It was then I saw that I had also taken a tree in the driver's side door. Fortunately, I was wearing seat belts, which I almost never did during those years. Otherwise my injuries would have been far worse.

I managed to climb out of the car and knock on the door of the nearest home. I must have looked awful, because the elderly couple who answered looked aghast at my face and offered to let me use the bathroom and telephone.

I called my roommate to come and get me, and he called the police. When the officer got there he called a tow truck. For some reason, while my car was being taken away I got into an argument with the cocky young cop. In retrospect, I probably had a concussion and was in shock, but no one seemed to care about that.

I called the next day to find out my car was a total loss. When I went to clean out my belongings I immediately broke into tears when I saw the car in the daylight. I am truly lucky to have walked away from that crash. I am a believer in the safety reputation Volvo has, as the engine was pushed back into the cab, but didn't really hurt me.

And, oh yeah, I wear seat belts these days.

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Feb 22, 2008
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Good lesson learned.
by: Anonymous

It was a good thing you were wearing your seatbelt. The fact that your car was totalled shows the extent of the damages that could even have taken your life. Good lesson learned, always wear your seatbelt.

Feb 07, 2008
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Wow
by: Andy

I'm glad you came out safe. I wonder if the classmate turned out all right.

Feb 07, 2008
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story i can relate to
by: Anonymous

this story is good and a very genuine one. similar incident happened to me also when i had a nap while driving.

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