Thursday, October 22, 2009

Personal Prerogative: We Were Fortunate To Say the Least

Photo from WISH-TV

It was a busy news day in Indianapolis. Desmond Turner was found guilty in the horrible and heinous Hamilton Avenue killings by Judge Robert Altice. On any day, that would be enough news, but the tanker truck accident this morning on I-69 is enough to give us all a moment of pause.

We've all been driving down the interstate behind one of these tankers marked flammable. Sometimes I wonder...what's inside those things and why is all that marking necessary. I think the picture taken from WISH-TV's website should show you. That's a mushroom cloud of fire that burned the top of that cell tower and lit up that billboard.

The accident happened at approximately 10:30 a.m., some one and a half hours after rush hour began to wind down. Can you imagine what would have happened had this accident occurred at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m.? Would we be talking about how this story had somewhat of a fortunate denouement with only a few relatively minor injuries and traffic problems to worry about? I would say that we'd be talking about a few funerals had it happened during the height of rush hour. Maybe more than a few. Just imagine, a parking lot of vehicles sitting on that overpass on 465 when that tanker exploded below.

We dodged a major bullet this morning, and it could have been any of us. That's the risk we take when we strap ourselves into our vehicles each day and go to work or school or the doctor's office or a Democratic meeting or any function of that sort. It's only by true luck and what some would say is God's grace that we get anywhere.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Amazing photo. I was on the telephone in my downtown office building, gazing out the window, when I saw the explosion as it happened. I was astonished.