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SharonA BS: Close Calls (32) RE: BS: Close Calls 03 Nov 09

Y'know that saying about seeing your life flash before your eyes when you're about to die? I'm here to tell ya that it really happens. My life flashed before my eyes and across the grille of an oncoming school bus.

I forget exactly when it happened, but it must've been 14 or 15 years ago or so. I was driving to work on a four-lane road and had stopped for a traffic light (no cars in front of me but several behind me) at an intersection with a two-lane cross street. Coming toward the intersection on an opposing lane of the four-lane road was the school bus, the driver of which was apparently anticipating the changing of the light to green and, therefore, not slowing down. Meanwhile, when the light for the cross street changed to yellow and then red, a woman drove her car from the cross street into the intersection, trying to "beat" the delayed-green light for the four-lane road. You guessed it; the bus hit the car.

The car spun around, and the bus caromed off at an angle across the intersection -- and straight at me. It came to a halt inches -- literally -- from my car. Never touched me. But I could do nothing but watch the bus coming; there was no time to move out of the intersection and, if I'd tried to pull forward, the bus would have hit me. It was so close that, afterward, I had to back up the car so that the hood of the bus could be opened and the engine checked.

However, I'll never forget the sensation of watching those rapid-fire scenes of my life on the backdrop of that yellow metal grille of that bus. It shook me up for the whole day, and I wasn't able to get much work done once I finally got to the place where I worked! I got my 15 seconds of fame on the evening news, too -- a TV helicopter videotaped the scene of the accident from overhead.

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