Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 47: Accident-Prone Intersection

For some reason, the intersection right outside our townhouse, at the corner of 9th & Q Streets, tends to attract more than its fair share of car crashes. 

This morning was a perfect example:  I was just getting out of bed when I heard that telltale screech of tires and brakes and crash of metal colliding with metal.  In the 10 years we've lived here, we've heard at least half a dozen accidents and have seen evidence of others from bits and pieces of cars littering the street and sidewalk around the intersection.  We usually check out the scene either in person or from the upstairs office window in order to assess the damage so that we can be as informative as possible when calling 911.

The accident today involved two silver 4-door sedans, one of which landed face-planted into the traffic light pole on the sidewalk near our complex.  It looked as though there weren't any serious injuries, and a CHP officer was on the scene when I headed to the gym about 10 minutes later.  By the time I got back after about 90 minutes, the only remaining evidence was car detritus on the sidewalk (plastic, glass, metal, license plate frame).

Several years ago, we had much closer contact with an accident at this same intersection, when a car ended up in the landscaping plot just outside our patio!  Luckily, the car just brushed the patio wall and didn't come crashing all the way through, but we got some interesting photos of the event (can't find 'em at the moment to share), and we were certainly on very high alert any time we heard loud noises outside for several months afterwards.


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