Tuesday, 2 September 2014

I was hit by a truck

Seriously, I got hit by a van today in Nevis. It was not pleasant. First you don't see it coming. Minding my own business I am crossing the street. It is a stop sign so naturally you would think the guy in the van would look both ways before entering the road. He did not. He hit me dead on but fortunately the kid in the passengers seat screamed STOP! and he did.
Let me tell you how it feels to be hit by a truck. Not great. First you are completely unaware thst it is happening....no one expected the Spanish Inquisition. I am on the ground, actually the pavement and I have been pushed a bit. My head is covered in scrapes and I am assuming  bruises. They are coming. Knees and elbows are abused. I found that I had chest pain probably due to the trauma. Glasses destroyed. But... I am alive. I look like hell but these things will pass.
Strangest thing, when I am on the pavement I am aware of what is going on and I yell out STOP. I look and see the chassis of the vehicle and am trying to figure out in those few short seconds where I can go to avoid the most damage. Weird.
The guy that hit me just called. He was so sorry that I felt bad. Here I am covered in bruises and I feel bad. So I look at it this way. I got really lucky, I could be dead. I move on, I had an incredible experience it was not pleasant but I lived. Now I can tell everyone I got hit by a truck. Who can say that?
Note: I found out later that the guy driving the truck was blind in one eye, they eye he needed to see me. He was working for someone and his job is driving the van. Nice.


  1. Jesus Jo, how AWFUL! How frightening for you, I am glad you can write about it, what a horrible thing for you to go through. If you feel any dizziness or nausea, get to emergency. My thoughts are with you.

  2. I'm sorry to read this, Joanne. The "that that does not kill you, makes you stronger" stories continue! Can't wait for the movie. And now your odds of being killed as a pedestrian are likely lower and this guy got so lucky he hit someone with such a good attitude about it. I'm glad that you are in a state to recover. Use the sea and anything else that makes you feel good... and some Indian food. Sending healing thoughts!

  3. Oh crumbs! Get well soon, Jo. Hugs from Joe and I. xx