Friday, April 18, 2008

Life is Fragile

It has been a long time since the last time I posted anything. A lot has happened in the last few weeks which I will be sure to post about later but, I first want to reflect on an accident that occurred on Thursday. I was driving to work when I got held up by a passing train. I remember being a bit annoyed because I was already late but I had no other choice other than to sit and wait for it to go by. As I continued on to work, a few police officers (lights and sirens blazing) and news camera trucks where headed in the opposite direction as me. When I arrived at school, the main office was a mess because two students had been hit by the same train that held me up on my drive. The students were on a road parallel to the one I drove on and the accident happened moments after the train passed me. The driver suffered only a fractured vertebrate as well as a few cuts and bruises. The passenger was not as fortunate. The train hit the passenger side of the car and this young lady had two gashes in her head (bone deep) each several inches long, a broken nose, a broken jaw, and she has cuts covering her entire body. To give you an idea on how bad the cuts were to her head, she was in surgery for over four hours just getting stitches. I have had both of these students in class several times (which makes it hit closer to home) and I adore both of them. I can't help but reflect on how fragile life is. It has been six years since my cousin was killed in a car accident and this accident is another reminder to slow down and be cautious. Life is precious. We shouldn't be so willing to drive fast/wreckless and risk getting into an accident to reach our destination only a minute sooner.

You can see the news report of the accident at the following address.;jsessionid=53240C56CB4F7A456E04EA4BD271EF27?contentId=6332413&version=2&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

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