Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Vehicular Ice Capades -OR- That Time I Wrecked the Car

5:30 a.m.: Alarm goes off. I hit snooze. Obviously.

5:40 a.m.: I hit snooze again.

5:44 a.m.: I am paranoid that I will sleep through the next alarm so decide to check the weather on my phone. 28 degrees with freezing rain. Fun.

6:35 a.m.: I decide that it will probably take longer to get to work on account of the freezing rain. Decide to take the Subaru. Figure that buys me an extra 10 minutes.

6:45 a.m.: I step out onto the porch. The crunch of the welcome mat tells me this ain't gonna be easy. I gingerly step down the stairs and literally slide over to the car. Definitely taking the Subaru this morning.

6:55 a.m.: I am finally done scraping ice off the windshield and carefully back out the driveway. Carefully drive down the street. Time to turn left.

6:57 a.m.: Carefully turn left. The car swerves. Then swerves some more. I do not panic. Adam warned me about this. I feel prepared. Cool as a cucumber. Driving on ice? I got this.

6:59 a.m.: I drive past the high school and middle school and notice there isn't the usual buzz of cars and students. Think it is odd but continue on.

7:07 a.m.: Getting on and off the freeway was no problem. Traffic was slower than usual but there weren't many cars on the road. I make my final left turn. Almost to school. The road continues to curve. The car does not. I have no traction to brake, accelerate, or steer. THUD! into the curb. THUD! into the curb again. THUD! one last time. I notice a truck in front of me is also having issues. It has swerved all the way to the other side of the road but gets it together. I try to continue on. The car will move but there is a terrible sound coming from the front right wheel well. I get out to check on it, doing the ice shuffle so I don't fall down. The wheel has been bent. The tire is now slanting slightly towards the road and touches the body of the car. Cars continue to struggle with this particular stretch of road.

7:10 a.m.: I get the car as out of the way as I can and call Adam. The roads are too dangerous for him to come get me. I text someone from work that I will be late today on account of this accident. They reply "Didn't you know there was a two hour delay?" No, no I did not. I kept getting calls asking if I would like to accept sub jobs for today. I never once got a call saying there was a delayed start. Another driver of a disabled vehicle comes to check on me.

7:16 a.m.: I call road side assistance. They say a tow truck can get to me by 9:07 a.m.

7:25 a.m.: A white SUV slides not too far behind me. A tow truck slides not too far behind it. The SUV recovers and moves on. The tow truck driver comes to check on me. He skates down the street. I have to move my car off the road or the police will ask him to tow it to the city yard. I slowly and carefully move the car.

8:20 a.m.: Worcester has now closed all schools for the day due to icy road conditions.

8:28 a.m.: The tow truck driver calls to say he is in Worcester but is stuck on the freeway with all the accidents. He says there have been over 400 accidents and that even police cruisers are spinning out. He will try to get there as soon as he can.

8:30 a.m.: A police officer who has utility work duty* shows up and asks if I'm okay and if a tow truck is on the way. I say yes, I just talked to the driver and he will be here soon.

9:07 a.m.: Tow driver still stuck.

10:07 a.m.: Tow truck finally arrives.

10:45 a.m.: Get car to body shop. Body shop lady and her husband were also in an accident this morning.

11:00 a.m.: Get call from insurance claim representative. She says it has been a busy morning. Every time she puts down the phone there are 4 more claims.

2:30 p.m.: The ice is finally melting. I call Enterprise to pick up my rental car. They say they have had thousands of calls today because of the ice. They can get me a car by 4 p.m.

4:17 p.m: Still waiting for that car...

*Any time there is construction or utility work there are police officers who direct traffic and make sure the workers are safe from passing cars.