Good morning! You have no idea how glad I am to be saying that this morning! On the way home from taking Sam to WA for the work week, we were involved in an accident. It was minor and no one was hurt, but we were pretty shaken up last night. Three out of the four of us didn't sleep well last night, either.
It happened as Wes was passing a car on Highway 1, the only "interstate" highway here. He had the cruise control set to about 65 mph (it was in kilometers per hour, so that's a guesstimate - 100 kph), when we came upon a car going slower than we were. Wes signalled and moved into the left lane, remarking after we got into the lane that the guy coming up behind us needed to slow down. I wasn't paying much attention, because he's always talking to the drivers around us, and as I bent over to pick up my purse to get my chap stick out, I felt a huge jar and heard a loud bang. I thought there had been something in the road and we had run over it, like a big piece of wood or something. It is so unlike Wes to just run over something, though. I said, "What in the world was THAT?" and Wes said, "We've just been rear-ended!" I couldn't believe it! We were moving down the highway at 65 mph, and a car was going fast enough to rear-end us and stop us in our tracks! Wes had seen him in his rear-view mirror as we changed lanes, far behind us, and this guy overtook us after we were beside the car Wes was passing - a good 5-10 seconds after we changed lanes! He was moving on, and apparently not paying much attention to the traffic around him.
Praise the Lord, none of us were hurt; neither was the other guy or his passenger. I think his vehicle was messed up a little more than ours, but he could still drive it. Since there were no injuries and the vehicles were still drivable, the police didn't even come to the scene (I'm still puzzled over why the police don't come unless there are injuries or the cars can't be driven away - in the US, you always, always wait for the police to take statements, etc. for the insurance, but not here). Our rear van door, the bumper, and left tail lights are demolished, as is one of the side doors on the van, from being pushed from behind. Wes did an excellent job of keeping the car on the road when we were hit and moving across three lanes to the side of the road safely. Traffic was light, which made that much easier. We had unloaded our church sound and music equipment before we left, or that stuff would have been damaged too - another thing to be thankful for.
So now we start the insurance process of repairs and liability and all that. Please pray that all would go well and God would be magnified before others!