Rain. Hydroplane. Slide.

In the seconds between leaving the road and coming to rest in the trees, there were three clear thoughts running through my head: “I hope we don’t roll.” “Get as deep into the seat as you can without bracing.” and “My husband’s side is going to hit the trees and there’s nothing I can do about it.”  He told me later he was thinking, “I’m glad it’s going to hit me and not her.”

The roadster’s front end hit a tree and the force spun the car. Then everything stopped. The only sound, the staccato drumming of the rain on the hard top, was broken by the questions:  “You OK? I’m OK.” “Are you OK? I’m OK.” And then we opened the doors and stepped out into the rain, giddy that we could.

We are grateful to the engineers who could design a car to take such a blow and allow us to walk away — even after 91,000 miles with adventures in 15 states. The front end absorbed so much energy the airbags didn’t deploy. Inside, the cabin was pristine, one couldn’t tell that anything was wrong.

We can’t help but think that beyond the engineering, the grace of God played the biggest part in our survival.

Sadly, the much-loved car is no more, totaled by the insurance company.

THE LONG SLIDE — The four tracks indicate the sideways motion over wet grass that was slick as ice.
OFF ROAD — Where the roadster came to rest.
THE DIAMETER OF A TREE — The impression left by the tree in the engine compartment, two weeks ago today.
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17 thoughts on “By the grace of God and faith in engineering

  1. How terrifying that must have been. It’s happened to me, but there was nothing around to bump into, for hundreds of miles, so the car just eventually came to a stop. I’m so glad you were both able to wobble away:)

    1. The weird thing was the sense of serenity through it all. And even weirder was that sense of giddiness having survived it. We did get a little misty eyed when we saw the car in the tow lot. We knew it would be the last time.

      I’m glad you were able to survive as well! Does get the knees quaking and heart racing a little, doesn’t it?

  2. Yikes! How terrifying! I’m so glad that you guys are ok. That hit was very close to the driver’s side. I did a black ice spin in an intersection once but did not hit anything luckily-very out of control and scary feeling.

    1. That feeling of not being in control is usually terrifying. But I must say there was a certain serenity in the very short-term acceptance that something was going to happen and we couldn’t do much about it. It was surreal for sure.

  3. I’ve been in a wreck like that too, and I know what you mean about the calmness that takes over when you know there’s nothing you can do, and just placing all your trust in the higher power.
    Someone out there is definitely keeping an eye on us 🙂

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