Surviving A Crash

By Joe H.

On July 3, 2014, I was going to work in the morning thinking about my last day to do list before a week of Disney vacation with my 2 teenagers, and my sister's family. I have no memory of events immediately before and during teh crash whatsoever, but the world went blank and I recall struggling to get out of my seatbelt so I could breathe. I have no visual memory of understanding how I came to be trapped. I blanked out again and regained awareness to 4 Ems workers extricating me through the windshield of my 2006 Ford Ranger V6 Sport Supercab which had come to rest on it's side. A witness behind me stated I had swerved off the road to the right slightly then overcorrected, crossed the oncoming lane into a ditch, struck a telephone pole and flipped.  I caught a glimpse as I was loaded into the ambulance and I just remember it was pretty crunched up. I was fully alert and conscious when I was rushed into the trauma room of U.N.C. Hospitals.  I had a rare observation point as my clothes were cut away.  I was poked and prodded and tested. X-rayed, Scanned, and evaluated.  The ER Dr. asked where it hurt. I said "Nowhere". He scowled in bewilderment at other members of the trauma team.  "We don't hear that very often". Was his incredulous response.  I was able to gather from the conversation that I had been in a violent crash even by their standards. I was admitted to the Icu because of some blood gas lab results that were out of whack due to lackof oxygen but those quickly stagilized and I was released later that afternoon with a only a concussion and a few scratches. I went on my trip to Disney World the next day and had a great time.  On the way home I got more curious and asked the man at the auto shop if he would send me a few pics of my truck.  It was only then that I realized what the fuss had been about.  The truck took a big hard direct hit but seatbelts, airbags, and crumple zones all worked exactly as they were designed and I can thank God and my Ford Ranger for that.  Here is a photo although only one can't properly represent how hard the Ranger was hit.