Big Red

Big Red was my husband’s baby. Red was a Dodge 3500 quad cab, long bed, 1 ton truck with color matched cap and chrome running boards. I say “was” because we’re pretty sure it is totaled.

Friday night, long after seeing off our guests for the evening, we climbed into bed at about 10 minutes to 1 a.m. No sooner had we gotten settled, but we heard a crash outside of our window.

Now it’s not unusual for crashes to occur in front of our house. We live on a very busy road with traffic light just around the curve. In the last 8 months we have lived here, there has probably been 6 wrecks. So we got out of bed to look out of the window with more curiosity than trepidation. But what we saw was not a wreck on the road, but in our front yard.

A drunk driver, traveling on the other side of the road, hit the curb, over corrected, and drove right through our fence, T-boning into the truck. The truck was pushed six feet across the yard and embedded into a tree.

As bad as the accident was, the driver was able to walk and talk. He was so inebriated we were shocked that he was even able to get behind the wheel in the first place.

In evaluating the events leading up to the crash, it appears that hitting the truck was the best possible scenario for this man. When he jumped the curb on the other side of the road, he was headed directly into a house. If the truck had not been there, he would have driven directly into the tree and died, or into our house.

The timing for the wreck is poor, but we will be fine and nobody was hurt. We’ll get through the move just fine – just not the same way we had planned.

We don’t know about the final fate of the truck. The insurance adjuster is supposed to call us tomorrow to set up a time to come look at the damage. From my uneducated eye, the prognosis doesn’t look good. The cab and the bed are not in line with each other. The back wheels are angled in at the bottom. The entire back end has massive damage and the rear axle looks like a “V”. On the other hand, the drunk’s car was completely demolished. There was nothing left intact on that vehicle. Except the driver, of course. I hope he has insurance. He was too drunk to know.

No pictures today. They make me sad.

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One thought on “Big Red

  1. Thinking about you and your closing. Good luck!

    Hope the Big Red situation is getting worked out. What a mess and I am so sorry. You know I have a soft spot in my heart for big rumbly diesels. šŸ™‚

    Sorry I couldn’t visit on Friday. I was seriously not suitable for public consumption. Miss you and I will see you this weekend.

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