Adventures in the Lone Star State

Weekend Roadtrip

This weekend, I was reminded of the fragility of life. Nobody in this story dies, but one friend was seriously injured. This past weekend, BYU played UNLV in Las Vegas and a bunch of my friends decided to go down for the game. It was obviously a great game because we won 55-14 and they had a great time in Vegas. For whatever reason, they decided to travel back to Provo through the night, leaving around midnight (Sunday morning). Well, just 15 minutes from the final destination, they were involved in a multiple roll-over car accident (around 7 am). A friend had fallen asleep at the wheel for a brief moment and overcorrected. Witnesses say the SUV caught air (not sure how) and rolled several times. Three of my friends suffered from minor concussions and scrapes, but one friend was ejected from the vehicle (he wasn’t wearing his seat belt). He suffered from a shattered vertebrae, bruised lung, broken ribs, etc. Fortunately, he has stabilized and should be coming out of ICU today. It just goes to show that your life can change in an instant.

Something that my friends and I were discussing is the fact that many people choose to drive even though they are fatigued. I guess with guys it has to do with their ego. At least, I would say that’s my case. There have been times where I drove home extremely exhausted and I shouldn’t have, but I did because I thought I could handle it. Anyway, I’d like to hear what other people have to say about this. And remember, always wear your seatbelt. Having been in a rollover accident myself, I know of the safety this brings.

November 7th, 2005 at 1:40 pm

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