Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2 Freeway: No, That Car Is Not On Fire

Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 17, 2015.  A car came to a noisy crunching stop at one of the big Eucalyptus trees part the way down the slope adjacent to the Corralitas Red Car Property.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

This morning, just as I was about to walk down to Corralitas from the Red Car Property when I heard a large crash, followed by screeching wheels as an out-of-control car blew through the loose dirt and debris in the slope below the southbound 2 Freeway.  The car was moving so fast I fully expected it to fly between the eucalyptus trees & land on the Red Car Property.  The dust was 25 feet in the air.  I was grateful it wasn't a big rig truck.

When the dust cleared, the couple was able to walk away.  They said they were OK.  The male driver said he hit a big dip & his suspension was not good & he lost control.  I think it could have been a lot worse.  They called for a tow truck.  No one driving by on the 2 Freeway bothered to stop & offer help.

I hung around for about 10 minutes as initially smoke was coming from under the rear of the car.  There is a large accumulation of dead branches & debris on the slope, I wanted to make sure we weren't going to have a fire.

When you live above a freeway you do get used to the sound of crashing cars.  You also know the sounds of bad crashes - this one sounded much worse than it was.  Fire & injuries are of more concern with serious accidents like cars flipping over, cars on fire, sig alerts, brush fires and of course the tanker that blew up on the 2 & 5 Interchange & somehow sent a piece of hot debris through a neighbor's window (yep, really happened).