Thursday, October 13, 2011

The car accident

A car literally flipped onto its side and screeched to a halt right in front of me on my way to the train station this morning.

I immediately ran up to the vehicle. The airbags had been deployed, the front windscreen was smashed, and the driver was trapped because because the driver's side of the vehicle was laying against the road. Someone opened the front passenger door (now facing the sky) to ask the passenger if she (I think it was a woman) was ok.

I noticed a crumpled bike lying on the road a few meters behind the car. I didn't see a bike rider so hopefully it wasn't a collision and that the rider wasn't squashed under the car.

A man asked if someone could go find a fire extinguisher (just in case) so I ran to a nearby cafe and got one. I placed it next to the car.

By now, several people were on the phone to triple 0 and a sizeable crowd had gathered. I had a lecture to deliver, so I continued on my way to the station.

What a way to start the morning.


Andrew said...

I often wonder what it is like in a call centre when something like that happens. Is there a large electronic map of Melbourne and suddenly red lights start flashing in a certain location? Does the brightness or the number of lights indicates the seriousness because of how many people are calling 000. I don't want to think about what it might have been like on Black Saturday.

Evol Kween said...

Crazy! I haven't seen anything on the news sites about a road fatality today so hopefully everyone involved is OK.

Victor said...

Very unnerving for you quite apart from the impact on those directly involved.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Andrew: I agree. The difficulty would be to try to distinguish multiple calls for the same incident vs multiple calls for different incidences in the same area.

EK: I was checking too ;-)

Victor: I take beta blockers so I didn't feel an adrenaline rush at all.