I have not been able to sleep.

Oct 8, 2008
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16
Houston, TX
I have not been able to sleep after a sad and horrifying tragedy This morning (12:00AM) in NW Houston.

As I was driving home from a group meeting with JCC in the SW Houston Area. I decided that I should go home taking HW6 down to 529 and down to 290 since I leave in North Houston.
SO I did.... As I am getting very close to 290 down 529 I hear a big bang!!!! As I drive down the over pass I look to my left to see a horrifying accident scene!!! I was just seconds away from been hit by a Man who was coming down the wrong direction on the frontage rd of 290 and 529. The man was going at least 80Mph to 100Mph!!! He hit the Bridge wall so hard that the car looked like pile of metal!!! I quickly turn around to go under the bridge and try to assist two other man who got down to help the man in the car... As I approach the Car I can see fire is starting to rise inside the car... The man was hardly breading... Fire rises quick consuming most of the front of the car! I am trying to pull the man out but I couldn't!!! hes lower body was pinch between the door the dash and the firewall I can almost say hes leg crumbled in with the metal... I try to to talk to the man to see if he would respond as I see hes chest was moving from hard breath... He would not respond!!! I try and try to get him out but I was not humanly possible... I started to feel the heat of the fire in my hand and face so I had to back out.. I had no choice I had to step back and just watch helplessly... this is all within minutes! Finally the Police from Jersy Village got there... I have to give my heart to them! one of the cop with the blazing fire as it was... try to get the man out but he couldn't as a result he also got minor burns. Finally the Ambulance gets there and than the fire fighters... By this time the man is fully burned... And again this is all within minutes!!! SO is not like they took for ever to get there... It just was not possible for anybody to get there any faster. I have this video of the whole scene in my head and I can not shake it off! I have not sleep but a few hrs... All I keep saying to my self is that I try... and I truly did! we all tried but it was not possible. The paramedics said that he was dead on impact but I know they are saying that so we dont have bear with more but I know what I saw and I think that man was alive... One of the other guys who help saw the same thing.. hes chest was moving... One thing that the cops explain was that it could have been last impulses from the brain to the body and I can buy that since it is possible... Is horrifying to watch a human been burn... My condolences go out to his family!!! And for everybody who was there and try to help... God Bless You!

Sorry for the long post but I had to get this out of my chest.... Sorry for all the typos but I am very tired..

I need to rest
 

DrBart2

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Mar 10, 2008
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Burleson
It is obvious you did all you could do. From what you have described, I doubt that he felt or was even aware of the fire. Even if conscious, after an impact (shock) like that a person is typically in severe shock and won't necessarily feel any pain. If you couldn't get him to respond, I doubt if he felt a thing. An accident like that is tragic and the thought and memory of it will stick with you for a while. In a since you are also in shock. Experiences like this will always be with you, but will fade with time. This is also true for those who experience being victims of a crime or have experienced combat. I guess we can't go through life without something ever so often reminding us that we are mortal. If you are continuing to have trouble sleeping into next week, I would suggest talking to a professional. But, I doubt if you will need that kind of help. Talking about it here on the forums will help a lot! Be sure to talk more about it if you need too. We will gladly listen. We all need to talk sometimes.
 

JKTex

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Mar 11, 2008
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DFW, North Texas
It's easy for someone else to say say shake it off, but it's not that easy. It's normal to feel like you do so don't fret, just ride it out knowing there's near no chance you nor anyone could have done anything for him. I'd side with the paramedics on his instant death. It doesn't mean that in the last seconds to minutes the body is still; but gone nonetheless.

Take it easy, talk about it with people and know you'll get past it. No one ever gets over something like that, we just change and learn from it.

People do things without any consideration of how it will impact themselves and certainly not others. I'm sure they come back and say he was under the influence of something.

I remember back in the early 90's while I was working at John Eagle Honda there on Hwy 6 near 290, there was a wreck in from of the showroom that shook the building just minutes after I got there in the morning. An older jeep with the top off and a large truck hit near head on. The impact to the jeep was to the drivers side of the front end; so, the driver.

You don't forget sounds like that and the scene afterward. But seeing things like that make you realize what can happen more than just being told. You tend to change the way you look at and do things.....you learn.
 
Oct 8, 2008
160
16
Houston, TX
Thank you guys for the kind words. I does truly help!
I am going to try and keep my self occupied threw out the day and try as much as I can not to think about it.... Maybe head down to Shiloh's to the range... In the other hand It was a good day Yesterday me and my friend gave a down payment for a Springfield EMP and STI Escort. Cant wait till Saturday to get it in my hands.
 

Texas1911

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May 29, 2017
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Austin, TX
Reading threw the ABC News story they have it all wrong. This happen in the crossing of FM529 and HW290.
You'll find that the news is a poor source of accurate info. I've noticed it more than once in regards to coverage they've done in Austin.

You did what you could, and nothing more could have been done. Think of it this way, at least you stopped and tried. In this day and age that is far from commonplace.
 

Code3GT

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Jun 12, 2008
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Austin
Now try going through all of that on a daily basis...welcome to Police/Fire/EMS's world. Thanks for the help, its quite often a bystander does more in the grand scheme of things for a patient than we do. We cant fix em if they're dead or stuck in a car! Good on ya buddy!
 

chevydeerhunter

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Feb 23, 2008
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San Antonio
I know exactly what you're going through. I remember going through my everyday routine as a combat medic in Panama. My job never really sank in until I was knee deep in wounded soldiers and I still remember that feeling I had when one of them died. It's something I'll never forget. You just have to try to occupy your mind. I turned to my faith and prayed a lot. Only you know what will help you and remember that there are always people who care about you and are willing to help you through your odeal.
 

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