OK. I wished everyone a good holiday season and a happy new year. For me, it was not a great start of holiday season at the end of year 2008. I don’t want to scare you, but my wife and I am OK. No major injury after crashing our Toyota Sequoia on the way to Houston, TX for Christmas and New year.
After the crash, my wife and I have more appreciation about others and believe that we have been saved by the cow we killed.
I warn you that the following photo won’t be pretty!
We are driving on the highway 71 between Austin and Houston in Texas. We did not expect to meet with the cows on highway, since there is no warning and no sign whatsoever. We were driving south in the very cold and dark night on December 21st, 2008. We were under the speed limit of 65 miles per hour. It was really dark and there are not many cars on the highway. We saw bunch cows blocking the two lanes highway, it was already too late. That is the most scary moment in our life other than my wife’s life and death experience.
All I remembered was a boom!
I pushed the break really really hard and pull over to the center medium of the highway. Luckily, the cars behind me are aware of the accident and slow down without more troubles. I saw my SUV hood came up and block my view. I saw the smoke came out from the engine. I realized that I hit a cow, which landed about 100 feet behind my car. Luckily, my wife and I are OK with minor neck injury. I was shaking so hard that I cannot make my arm straight.
We were told that someone called police that there were cows on the highway, but the police have never came. I guess we were just lucky enough to be alive. The cow we killed and our big SUV saved our life.
Now we have to face the new challenge in our life. We need to buy a new car and find a way to get back home. This accident made us believe that we were lucky to be alive. We pray for the cow and hope the owner has learned the lesson too. Life is more than expecting the unexpected.
Has our life changed? Yes. My entrepreneur plan has changed too. I am not sure that my previous plan can make my dream come true and make me a successful entrepreneur, but I am sure that we will be much better persons. We are changing our life priority too.
After all, I would recommend all of you to drive carefully and expect the unexpected. If you are driving at night on the country side highway, please do yourself favors.
- Drive slower
- Use head light properly
- Don’t be the leading car on the dark night
- Keep great distance with the car in front of you.
- Pay attention on driving
At the moment of writing this blog post, we were staying with families and new generation of our families. We appreciate that we still have the chance to do something good to others. I wish you all a great holiday season, a happy new year and a wonderful life.