Monday, June 1, 2009

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

It's the last week of school around here, and I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that I will have a carpool reprieve for a few months. I've turned into such a homebody that the thought of leaving the house some days just makes me want to crawl deeper under the refuge of my comforter. Today was just such a day, but being consigned to my duty, and knowing that enduring just one more week was manageable, I left the house to pick up Brooke from Kindergarten.

As I approached the Layton exit, I noticed that the city tractors were out in full-force, mowing down the weeds on the side of the road. With all the dust and weeds flying, I even thought to myself, "I'm glad that's not my job today..." The last mower we came to had just made a turn and came up by the shoulder of the road, proceeding in my direction. Just as we passed one another, there was a loud POP almost like a gunshot, and then the sound of shattering glass falling into my car. Poor Bridget started screaming and crying hysterically, while Katie just kept saying, "What happened, Mom? What happened?" Apparently, some sort of debris had been kicked up by the mower, hitting the front passenger side window, shattering it into a million pieces. I pulled off to the side of the road, hoping to speak to the mower's operator, but of course, he didn't know anything had happened, and was 1/2 mile down the road by then. Since I decided it was not very smart to get out of my car on the side of the freeway, and since I had no access to necessary phone numbers, I slowly drove to the school, hoping glass didn't fly in the direction of the girls along the way. I contacted the police dept. and waited for an officer to call back, but after waiting around for 30 min., decided to do the legwork myself. I got a hold of the City Parks Superintendent who verified that it was their crew (and not UDOT) mowing there, and gave me direction as to what to do and how to do it, in order to file a claim. He was very helpful for someone who was going to have to pay for my new window! Anyway, here are some pics I took of the damage.


Fiddlefish said...

Oh my...Glad you all were okay!

Ardie said...

Wow! That's pretty scary. I'm glad no one got hurt and that you don't have to pay to get it fixed.

Marisa said...

That is scary. And such a hassle that you really don't need right now!