You may recall from a recent episode of Running Adventures I talked about the things I take with me on a run. One of the items is my cell phone - which I bring for two important reasons. One is if I am unable to complete a run or get delayed so I can call home. The other is if I see anything on my run that may need to be reported. Today it was the latter.
I was about 6 miles into my run down busy Lockwood Blvd, and today there was the usual amount of traffic. As I was coming around a slight bend I saw a car drift from the left lane into the median, strike 3 sets of small trees, flip over 2 and a half times and land on its roof about 100 ft in front of me. I immediately ran up to the car and asked the driver if she was ok. She waved at me (all I could see was her arm) and said she was ok. Shakily I pulled out my cell phone and dialed 911 to report the accident. In spite of the state of her car, she was ok. The firemen and police came, and soon she was actually standing near her car and talking to the firemen. She is a night shift nurse just driving home from work.
While waiting for the tow truck, she was on her cell phone trying to reach someone in her family but no one was answering. She thought her husband might be outside working in the yard, so I asked her where she lived. It turns out she lives about a half mile away just around the corner so I offered to run over and see if anyone was home. Fortunately her husband was home - and he was outside working in the yard, just as she thought.
After heading back to the accident area to make sure the husband found her and to return the scrap of paper she wrote her address on, I decided just to head straight home from there since it was starting to warm up outside (it was about 9 am). I had also phoned home to let them know I was going to be a little late since I was hanging around the accident until no longer needed (reason 1 for having the cell phone).
As I spoke with my husband about it later, I realized that it is important to pay attention to the busy traffic around me when running. Any car could drift out of their lane and into the side walk. With so much traffic I tend to tune them out, but for now on I will be watching where the cars are more closely.
Another weird thing: this is the second traffic accident I have witnessed this week. The first one was while I was driving to work. The people in that one were ok as well.
It is off to the Washington, DC area this week for work. I am bringing my running and podcast gear along for the ride and will be reporting in from there!
Oh, and so far so good with the new shoes. They did great!
Run safely all!