I can’t believe I’m alive

My first thought as the truck came hurtling towards me was “I’m going to die.” As metal screeched and the windshield cracked, I closed my eyes and then… Nothing. The truck had stopped, smoke hissing.

Luckily it clipped two cars, removed a traffic light and knocked over a street pole before landing on my Yaris. That’s when I finally moved, terrified the roof was going to collapse and trap me under the truck. I undid my seatbelt and climbed over the passenger seat as fast as I could.

I smelled the sweet slickness of oil running down the road. My legs wobbled and fell out from under me. A stranger helped me up.

I might start pole dancing.

It’s very unsettling to realise you’re alive when you were about to become another statistic. I feel like someone was watching over me. I’m also grateful for street poles and amazing Toyota manufacturing. Watching my wonderful little Yaris being towed away made my heart hurt – I’ll probably never see her again.

My poor Yaris. It saved me.

Impact-wise, my back’s a little stiff from tensing in shock and my stomach hurts from nerves, but otherwise I’m miraculously well; unlike the worker in the back of the truck who was bleeding and carried off on a stretcher.

I’m pretty sure the truck’s brakes failed. It was a dilapidated piece of crap that shouldn’t have been on the road.

Not hiring Randpave, ever.

Life is fragile. I never understood that until now. You can be innocently waiting at a red light and a one-tonner will come plowing across the intersection, over the traffic island and straight into you. Which is why I’m now eating a slab of Dairy Milk chocolate in bed.


  • June 24, 2011 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I have no words Amanda!! TG you’re okay!

  • DChetty
    June 24, 2011 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Glad that you are not hurt.

    Rest well!

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Wow, again! By the way, just saying… but that is way more than a one-tonner, which would be like a HiLux bakkie. That monster that you were miraculously saved from by the lamp post.. is more like a FIVE=tonner.
    Enjoy life more ebulliently from now on, cause you, too, have been given a second chance.

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Think you owe a debt of gratitude to that streetlight pole as well…
    Enjoy the… chocolate.

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievable that you came out the way you did. Glad you’re okay.

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:34 pm | Permalink

    You are lucky to be alive! What a story! *tearjerker*

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Wow chicken… unbelievable – miracle stuff.

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Dairy Milk beats any snazzy Lindt whatsit in situations such as this. Love love. And cuddles to Al too x

  • June 24, 2011 - 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Really very glad you are okay. Go Yaris :) Get some rest .. and lots of chocolate :)

  • June 24, 2011 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Jeepers, happy you are relatively unscathed! Terrible story this. Remember to play the lottery this weekend.

  • June 24, 2011 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Jesus Amanda! glad you are OK
    TONS AND TONS of mango achaar with your name on it coming your way!

  • June 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Seems like the truck belongs to Randpave. How about someone take it up with them on why their truck / truck driver can be held responsible for it.

  • June 24, 2011 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    OMG!!! What a terrifying experience and I am so happy you are fine. Bring on the choccie (man okay if you must ;-)

  • June 24, 2011 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    OMG! Glad you’re okay. Take care.

  • amanda
    June 24, 2011 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Thanks everyone. Moving on from chocolate to whiskey now. x

  • June 24, 2011 - 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Amanda, I’m speechless after seeing those photos. So glad you made it out ok, my friend. Having a whiskey on your behalf. Ant says, “Come back to Cape Town.”

  • June 24, 2011 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that’s crazy Amanda. Glad you’re ok! Enjoy that whiskey…

  • June 24, 2011 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    So glad you’re OK after your ordeal, hope you enjoyed the whiskey and chocolate. The Yaris must be built well!

  • July 12, 2011 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I know I’m a little late on this but I am glad you are ok!

    Also on a side note: My parents taught us that if we survive something horrific we should give back in thanks. A little charity or a lot, anything even just a loaf bread and a liter of milk to someone on a street corner.

    Just thought I’d share that with you.

    So glad you are ok though.

  • July 18, 2011 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Thats so scary…glad you’re okay

  • July 18, 2011 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Just caught up with this now. My nerves are shattered reading it, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for you. Glad you’re ok!

  • July 28, 2011 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Whaaat. I saw this. Didn’t know it was you. Least you’re ok!

  • August 11, 2011 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Good grief – that’s horrific.

    You are one very lucky lady. All the best.

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