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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Accident scene

On my drive up the Kitt Peak road, I came across this scene. As I pulled to a halt near the minivan that lay on its side, I was afraid of what I might find inside. Was I the first on scene? I called out to any occupants as I approached the vehicle and then looked down into the vehicle from the passenger side window that was broken out. The vehicle was empty. I looked around from the back to be sure and then gave a sigh of relief. Hopefully the driver was ok and from the appearances of the cockpit area, with airbags deployed and the condition of the seats, it looks like the driver was well protected. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/60 seconds at f/3.5, ISO 800 with the on camera flash.
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4 comments:

Frank Taylor said...

Yikes...I hope you reported it when you got up top?

David A. Harvey said...

Holly Cow! Nice shot though - where on the road was this. At minimum this looks like a road hazard. What as the outcome?

Tuguldur said...

hollyyyy cowwwwwwww?! OMG, that looks horrible. Glad to read at least it looked like the driver was well protected... :(, what kind of car is that?

Indeed a nice scene shot!

Drive safe, we just think that we have enough control over things...

Jim said...

Update on the accident: The driver was an employee at the visitors center and she apparently climbed out of the passenger side window and was walking up the road when an observer from one of the telescopes on the SW ridge picked her up and drover her back to the top of the mountain where Hillary and Hal gave her some first aid while waiting for paramedics. I guess her injuries were pretty light. The accident was near the turnoff for the SW ridge, above milepost 10.