Thursday, 18 November 2010

a miraculous escape



Last night,  I was driving home from Birmingham in the wet and the wind down the M6.  As I was travelling up the fast lane, a car slightly ahead of me in the middle lane went as if to pull out.  I swerved and lost control of the car.  It was like driving on ice, although I'm assuming it was the wet road.  I wasn't the only accident last night!  The car wobbled from left to right for a while before coming to a stop facing the wrong way in the central reservation.  Fortunately the angle I stopped at was 'twenty five past' on a clock, with my front wheels on the grass in the middle of the road.  I noticed today that the motorway near us doesn't have grass in the central reservation.   I'd been stopped for a few seconds when something large went past and hit the back end of the car.  As I was phoning the emergency services another vehicle hit me and I remember screaming down the phone, and when the man it was ok, and to calm down I just replied 'I'm in the middle of the motorway and they keep hitting me!'  It took twenty minutes for the emergency services to come out, which I spent standing in the rain, on my own, in the central reservation, very scared.  I just daren't imagine what would have happened if the car had come to rest facing directly down the motorway in the wrong direction, or if I hadn't been driving a Volvo!  I am truly grateful to be alive, and thankful to the lovely, lovely ambulance and fire crew, and the Highways Agency man, who all looked after me.  I'm shocked and achy but alive, and thankful to all my friends who have been concerned about me.

I was booked on a workshop at Paddy's today with Sylvia, a fabulous textile artist.  So I spent the day surrounded by friends, doing something I enjoy, which has really taken my mind off things.


My apologies for cancelling my workshops at Wendy's this weekend, my body just needs rest to recover from the horrific shock.  My play date piece just needs photographing so I will get that out there as soon as I can.


38 comments:

craftimamma said...

OMG Sarah, you don't need me to tell you how lucky you were. I can't think of a worse situation to be in and for 20 minutes ?!@? it doesn't bear thinking about.

All I can say is thank goodness you are okay.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

TR said...

Bless your heart!
There must have been angles flying along with you on that motorway! WOW.
You are going to be achy for a while. Drink some lovely Camomile tea and make an easy card.

((soft hugs)) TR

Helen said...

Crikey, Sarah - what an escape! I haven't been in such a bad accident as that, only quite a small one,(and not on a motorway) but can only imagine how you must have felt!
Take lots of rest and insist on TLC - I am sure you will get that!
Hugs xxx

Neil said...

So glad you are ok; so frightening for you i'm sure. Hope your aches and pains heal up real soon. God bless.

Carol Q said...

OMG Sarah, you poor soul.What an absolutely terrifying experience. Sending you HUGE (gentle) hugs xxxxxx

Julie Kirk said...

Goodness me how frightening. I was just thinking about you this week as I managed to experiment with some mica tiles following your inspiration! You take care :-)

Harriet said...

Glad you are ok. You do need to rest
after that shock. Looking forward to reading later. Take care.

Fliss said...

Gosh Sarah! Sounds absolutely awful and mega scary.
So glad to hear you're OK and hope you recover soon.
Sending hugs, Fliss x

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

GoodGOD!!!! I kept talking to myself OUTLOUD as I was reading the account of such a horrific experience. I cannot believe you had to wait 20 LONG minutes...that is tooo long but thank god you are alright. Take it easy and I know all your fans are happy for you.

Sue said...

So glad you walked away in one piece, shame about the car but it is only metal, you are the important thing.
We must catch up soon xxxx

Julie Ranae said...

OK...seeing the car just makes me cry again : ( and after all, it IS all about me...
I am beyond thankful for God's protection while you were in that car. I'm speechless....

Lavender Rose said...

What a horrendous experience that must have been Sarah. I am relieved to hear that you aren't too badly injured, do take care!

*** Suzi B *** said...

What a terrible, terrible experience ... so glad you escaped without serious injury...
take time to rest and reflect on your "good" fortune.
sending you warm, positive thoughts.
Sue B xx

Yours Artfully said...

Wowzers Sarah, there's not much left of your car, it's amazing that your we not seriously injured. I cannot begin to imagine how frightened you were...thank goodness you are okay. Take it easy and spoil yourself a little, it really desreve to be pampered for a while.

Lin x

mustavcoffee said...

Oh dear Sarah you poor thing, how absolutely dreadful, I'm so glad that you're alright. That must have really shaken you (and oh dear your poor car) take it easy and recover, all good wishes to you:0) xx

Ruby said...

Oh my goodness Sarah, you must have been absolutely terrifed, you poor darling. So glad you're safe, it doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened. Rest up and I look forward to giving you a great big hug when I see you xxx

Michele Gross said...

This just give me shivers reading it! What a terrifying experience!! So glad there was a guardian angle (or two!) with their arms around you last night!

Jaclyn Miller said...

Thank God you are alive and well; that is just horrifying to even think about. You must've had some amazing guardian angels!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

So sorry to hear about the accident Sarah, sounds like you had a lucky escape. Take it easy recovering and take care, hope to see you soon. Tracy Evans x x

Nigel said...

The others have already said it, (and more politely than my initial response).
Very thankful that you walked away unharmed. Look after yourself x

Hels Sheridan said...

Chuffing Norah hun, that car saved you - I know how terrifying it is and my heart goes out to you hun. Now, I am putting my "been there, done it" hat on and saying... TAKE IT EASY - these things take a few days to come out and the aches and pains will start to be felt after a few days... get to your GP asap even if you feel ok at the mo - it is worth just getting checked and they will make a note of it too. Taking bossy hat off now and sending you a HUGE hug... and I am with Sue - it is just metal and you are far more important... am here if you fancy a natter xxx

Joanna K said...

It's absolutely heartbreaking reading this and I am very relieved that I could hear about this directly from you as that means you're in one piece... I hope you recover from the shock soon and am sending you the biggest hug ever! xxx

Thespa said...

Oh my gosh girl! Thank goodness for Volvos! Couldn't get through that tank to get at you, what a relief. Glad you are alright.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SOOOOOOOOOO glad that you are OK! Praise God that He was watching over you (like He always does!). Praying that you will get lots of rest this weekend:)

Suzanne Brookfield said...

A terrifying experience...think you may have used one of your nine lifes thank goodness you have walked away unharmed physically.....maybe a guardian angel ... take your time to recover. xx

Susan Allan said...

Oh Sarah. I can't beieve it. I am glad you are ok, what a terrifying experience. You must have shown such bravery even though you felt so helpless.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed that you can get back to feeling normal asap.
I shall be thinking of you.
Sue xxxxxxxxxxxx

Laura said...

Hi Sarah
Just so shocked to read this. How terrifying! You sound so together after the happening. I would be such a wreck! So so glad your are OK. It is amazing you are seeing that car wreck. Bless you.

Sending lots of love

Take care of yourself.

thekathrynwheel said...

OMG, thank goodness you are still here to tell your story. I can imagine that was the longest 20 minutes of your life. Take it easy x

Michele said...

What a terrifying experience - glad that you weren't hurt xx

rachelemiliejackson said...

Dear Sarah,

Wishing you all the very best for a peaceful weekend to recover and get your strength back. Look after yourself,

Rachel & Karen Jackson.

lisa said...

Oh Sarah, thank goodness you are OK. What an awful, scary thing to happen and being on your own too. It really doesn't bear thinking about.
I'm sending you a huge cyber hug. Drink lots of hot sweet tea, I always find that helps for shock.
Take it easy.

Lots of love Lisax

JeanFB said...

Yikes, Sarah, thank God you are okay!! What a horrific experience, I'm sure it will take days to calm down (and longer to feel calm on the motorway again!). Lots of rest, peaceful music, family, friends... ;) Take care.

CraftyJo said...

Wow Sarah, thank heavens you're OK. You must be awfully shaken up about all this. So glad you're not harmed.

(PS, you don't know me but I know you from Port Sunlight!).

Caz said...

Thank goodness you're in one (shaken) piece. Get lots of rest!

Can't believe you had to wait for 20 minutes for them to get to you - that's awful!!

Hope you start feeling better soon and you don't stiffen up too much.

Take care
Hugs
Caz & Lou
xxxx

Sarah A said...

Oh Sarah, my heart was in my mouth reading your terrifying ordeal, someone was looking out for you that day. I actually felt sick looking at the photo of your car and realising you were ok (well as ok as can be expected).

Take care of yourself and don't rush your body into doing too much as it needs to recover from the shock.

Big hugs

Sarah x

Val said...

OMG Sarah - that goodness you are OK - so lucky - and that you were facing the way you were. How scarey and frightening for you.

Take care,
Big Hugs
Valxx

penibear said...

Thank god you're ok, Sarah, that must've been so frightening. Take care Pen xxx

Pauline said...

What a horrible experience, thank god you are ok and alive. Just take it easy now, and get some rest. xx

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