Thursday, October 23, 2008

Another exciting day

Originally uploaded by hellomizk
So last night we're on our way to jiu jitsu on our trusty 7:30 bus. As always, it was crowded with people heading home for the day, but we were lucky enough to snag a couple seats right in the front. A rumpled-looking guy with a beer got on and took a seat near ours. Holding a beer in one hand, he gestured wildly with the other, pausing occasionally to talk to the empty space next to him. As the bus started moving, he continued chatting with himself while flipping off the nothing outside the bus window.

But that wasn't the really exciting part.

Out the right-hand window, we saw a car approaching the bus and signaling his intention to make a left turn.

But that wasn't the really exciting part, either.

The car's driver was looking to the right and, in his looking, managed to completely not see the huge bus directly in front of him, which he promptly drove right into the side of. This was the first auto accident of any kind we've witnessed since we moved here a year ago. As the driver realized what had happened, his jaw dropped and he covered his mouth with one hand - a poignant expression of "oh meeeeerde".

But that was only the semi-exciting part.

As we all looked out the window, flames started shooting up from the hood and wheelwells of the car.

Now, that was the exciting part.

Everyone started gasping and, as one body, all the passengers stood up and rapidly headed for one of the three exits of the bus. Our exit out the front door was only mildly hampered by the bus driver trying to pull a fire extinguisher from some hidden spot near his seat. The bus emptied in about 30 seconds, at which point all the passengers stopped, opened their umbrellas, and stood in the rain to watch the burning car. (We did, too) Of course, neither Mr K nor I had a camera with us, so all I have for you is the poorly-made dramatic re-enactment to the right.

Two police happened to be right there, so one started directing traffic while the other talked to the drivers and kicked random exploded pieces of bumper and headlight out of the road and under the bus. The driver of the car was unharmed and the bus was barely dented, so there were no injuries to anything other than vehicles. We watched for a few more minutes before catching the next bus to class.

Ta da!


Carl said...

Wow! Now that IS exciting!! :-) But I just have to know the answer to this question: The guy who sat near you with the beer in his hand....did he spill any during the accident?

Anonymous said...

The dramatic re-enactment is so life's like we were THERE!

Katie said...

never a dull moment... LOL! excellent re-enactment, i really felt the excitement!

Sally Carter said...

Wow Miz K - didn't even notice the dramatic re-enactment wasn't real until your Dad said! How cool! Crashes where noone gets hurt and (most importantly, although rare) don't involve me are the best!

Jen said...

My, such exciting times! They seem to have fender benders here all the time, but strangely enough we have yet to witness one...much less one that resulted in a fire! Never a dull moment in Fribourg I guess! ;-)