01/28/2010 at 10:55 am | Posted in About town, Everything else | 4 Comments

Every morning on my way to work, I drive through one of the worst intersections in Raleigh (for you townies, I’m talking about Glenwood/Leadmine at Crabtree). And just about every week, I see an accident.

This morning was my turn.

It was just a fender-bender, and it was NOT my fault (whew), but it still scared the crap out of me.

There are a gazillion lanes that spill out from Leadmine onto Glenwood, so someone always seems to get confused.

Go right? Go left? Straight?


I saw it happening — a couple of cars in front of me, someone swerved out of the turn lane to cram into the straight lane. I stopped in plenty of time, but the girl behind me didn’t.

This is where the story gets funny. I completely panicked. Froze. I was smack in the middle of one of the city’s biggest intersections, blocking traffic, and had no idea what to do. Move the car? Stay put? Get out and see if the other driver is okay? I burst into tears and called M. He — the sane one of the two of us — called 911.

By the time the officer arrived, I’d calmed down, moved the car and chatted with the other driver. Her hood crumpled like an accordion, but the damage on our car is barely visible. She blabbered about how it’d been her third accident in a year and apologized profusely. Then she told all that to the officer while I cringed.

I’m fine, but my nerves are still rattled.

Thanks for letting me vent, Internet. Who knew you’d be such a great counselor?



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  1. EEK! So glad you are okay! That is a crazy intersection. Even a near miss has me jumpy all day long. I can’t imagine actually getting hit. Hope you find something to help you relax today.

  2. Glad to hear that you are ok. I was just at that intersection…ugh. A positive for the Pilot, huh? Deep breaths today and glad small fry wasn’t w/you 🙂 Talk about more stress.

  3. ohmygosh, I’m glad it wasn’t anything too serious!!

  4. I’m so glad you weren’t hurt. And I agree with Melissa – so glad Small Fry was home. Hopefully this weekend, none of us will be going anywhere due to the snow!!!

    Hope you are having a good Friday.

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