Favorite Vehicle Saved My Life

On Sat, 14 Jul '12, I was returning home after dropping my daughter off for her military duty. It was early morning and it had just started raining on I-270 N. Travelling up a slight grade as a reduced speed due to the weather, I hit some running water and hydroplaned. I lost control but remained calm as the vehicle spun twice before hitting the rear end on the median barrier. Still hydroplaning, the force of the jarring impact then spun me twice more in the opposite direction, striking the front end on the median barrier each time. The airbags deployed and my vehicle was heavily damaged. No other vehicles were involved. Fortunately, the Explorer protected me and I walked away with a concussion and only slight bruising...barely a scratch. Astonishingly, I was still able to coax the vehicle the last 7 miles to my home before it finally died. Sadly, I now have to let my all-time favorite vehicle go as it was a total loss. However, it did its job and saved my life.