I dashed upstairs to get clothes, asking the pertintent questions – was she hurt? how bad? was anyone else hurt? how bad? The information I got was the Sarah had a bleeding lip and a small cut on her lip, and Ina had a hurt and bleeding finger. That doesn’t sound too bad, now does it? I got the location from Mom and headed out. I was pretty sure they were beyond cell phone service, so I didn’t try to call (Sarah had called from a nearby house). What I found when I got there were two very hysterical girls and one rather worried brother. I hugged the girls and got everyone calmed down. Noone was hurt badly enough to require an ambulance, but Ina (the friend) was clearly in pain, and has an underlying medical condition that required her to be checked out, so I loaded all of them into the car, and drove up to see the pickup. This is what I found. Needless to say, they all got to get checked out at the hospital.
Sarah had been driving down the gravel road at a decent clip, when a deer wandered into the road. She had not completely internalized the advice to, “hit the deer” and swerved. The deep gravel at the side of the road grabbed her and she over-corrected, ran up the bank, and rolled / cartwheeled the pickup back down the bank. If you look closely, you can see where the side-beam of the room is sitting on her headrest. I’ve had more than one person tell me that they’ve seen vehicles with less damage in which people had died. I am eternally grateful that all three people in this vehicle were able to walk away from this crash. Needless to say, we will be purchasing a new pickup.
Sarah has a mild concussion as well as various muscle-aches and a wide variety of bruises, but again, there is nothing that won’t heal. The policeman was wise enough to see that she was taking the whole thing quite seriously and did not write the citations he rightfully could have issued. Two of the occupants were seat-belted. The third was not. Again, I say that I am eternally grateful that no one was seriously injured or killed. I can almost guarantee that none of the them will ever again ride in a vehicle without a seat belt.