Saturday, December 7, 2013

And Another One

This is a short blog tonight, we are both more than just a little rattled.  We drove into town this evening to meet Lonn and LoraLee at Nat’s for dinner.  On the way back home about seven miles out of Big Timber, not going very fast due to the awful roads, a deer ran across in front of us—Mike tapped the brakes, he didn’t even really tap the brakes and we began to slide, the next thing we know we are careening all over that slick highway with Michael trying desperately to control the jeep.  We ended up laying the jeep onto its side in the ditch with the driver side down leaving me hanging in my seat belt.  I held onto Emmi throughout the whole short process. 

We are all totally OK—no scrapes, no bruises.  It was minus 18 degrees while all this was happening, my purse spilled all over the car and for a while after Michael released me from my seatbelt, I couldn’t find the phone—when I did find it, no service!!  So here we are in the ditch, pitch black, cold, cold.  Michael walked over to the closest house but no one was home.  Thank God these wonderful people with a warm, warm truck came along, had cell service, called all the powers that be and sat with us while we waited for all the flashing lights.

We turned over in such slow motion, the jeep appears to be mostly OK, a broken tail light and a broken fender flare-- very little damage but the wrecker hauled it to town—Michael will want to bring it home and check it over before starting it. 

So, it just wasn’t the little yellow jeep’s week!

My photos are not good, very dark and lots of flashing lights—everyone in these small communities comes out—we had a fire truck, an ambulance, a police car and then the state trooper as it is a state highway. 

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22 comments:

  1. A scary experience indeed. You will be sore in the morning, but I'm glad you weren't seriously injured.

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  2. Glad you are all ok. Embarrassing, but I have done the same thing in a similar fashion. And, having been a small town fire chief, I can certainly attest to the goat roundup that occurs. I hope everything with the jeep is ok when Mike goes to start it. Have sound sleep tonight and things will be lots better in the morning.

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  3. Wow, so sorry for such an experience. Glad you weren't hurt...... I believe I would just stay home...... I would not report either of these to your ins co... If you do, your rates may go up!

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  4. Holy smoke! Sure glad to read that you two (Emmi too) are OK. A good thing for the truck that came by and could keep you warm till the emergency services showed up.

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  5. Time to put that short wheel based little critter in the toy hauler and keep it safe for dry sand covered roads. Sure glad everyone seems to be OK.

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  6. I have heard those shorter wheel based & much lighter Jeep Wranglers are tricky to handle on slippery roads. Haven't experienced ice & snow with our Wrangler yet. Did the same thing you did with a Volkswagon Beetle many years ago in British Columbia. Black ice & landed in a snow bank drivers side down. Maybe time to get out of all that slippery snow infested weather. Cold here but the roads are fine. Good to hear you were both Okay & the damage to the Jeep sounds minimal. Yay Jeep:))

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  7. This just shows that even the most experienced winter drivers (which Michael certainly is) can't win against ice. So glad to hear that you and Michael and Emmi and the jeep are okay.

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  8. Goodness gracious that's scary!! Sure am happy to hear you are all ok, but that would definitely have scared me to bits.
    Nina

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  9. I can really empathize with Michael as I nearly did he same thing just a few days ago - it happens in a flash and there's nothing any driver can do about it.

    The big thing is that you are all o.k. except for the rattled nerves. The Jeep, if it is damaged, can be repaired good as new.

    Also, just another reason to always wear seat-belts.

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  10. So thankful you and Michael are both okay.

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  11. Good Golly, Loyce and I rolled in our Toyota Carolla 5 years ago... So I understand the slow motion slide and roll into the ditch... And hanging from the seat belts, as we were on our top... Thank goodness you folks and puppy are no worse for the wear, and as Rick says, the Jeep can be fixed... Never had that experience below zero and I am sure that added exponentially to the scare factor.... Best wishes to get this behind you.... Rod

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  12. Scary indeed. Most important part is that you're all ok. Crumpled fenders can be replaced but not crumpled bones.

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  13. OMG... you were just sooo lucky when it first happened. IT's sure scary to have an accident in the winter after dark.

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  14. Yikes, glad it was not worse and everyone is safe. As they use to say on that TV show-be careful out there!

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  15. my goodness Janna! glad to hear that you are all okay!

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  16. oh, oh oh, oh....so glad you are basically ok, but probably a bit spooked for sure when you have to get back on icy roads. It was 17 below here in Klamath Falls this morning, and it is just bad everywhere. You could have frozen so fast. Soo soo glad that warm truck came along for you quickly. Scary. Again, glad you are around to tell the story, Janna!

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  17. Good to hear you are all okay. Glad you managed to hold onto Emmi throughout.

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  18. Thanks goodness everyone was ok. Seat belts do indeed save lives.

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  19. Hope everything is OK. Very frightening driving in the low temperatures with all the ice.

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  20. OMG I'm just catching up on blogs, I am so glad your accident wasn't any worse than it was,. So glad you're both OK. What a scary experience.

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  21. Howdy Janna, Mike & Ms Emmi,
    Sure am glad Ms Emmi didn't get loose in the dark, ON THE HIWAY !!! Glad y'all weren't damaged any !! Janna, friends in Fayetteville said they had 19 " of SNOW!!! Mike, when a deer jumps in front of you HIT IT !!! You'll damage the vehicle every time trying to 'miss' it !!! It happens EVERY TIME !!!
    Hope the Jeep's okay and no damage to y'all and Ms Emmi, shows up later !!!

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