An hour or so ago I bid goodbye to my son, daughter-in-law and grandson and soon after that my daughter and her husband left to go back up “the hill” to northwest Arkansas. We had a lot of fun this weekend and I didn’t get much done around the house so went outside to take the garbage out about ten minutes after they had all left. I was walking back up the drive to the house when I heard an awful sound. It was the squealing of tires and then, a big bang.

I knew it was a wreck. It nearly made my heart stop. The impact was so loud I knew the wreck must have happened about six blocks away where there is a busy intersection. I told my husband about it and quickly called my daughter because she and her husband were the last to leave. I knew they were alright but wanted to make sure just to feel easy. They were already ten miles gone up the road and were fine and so were my son and his family. I got in the car and drove down the hill and there I saw a bad head-on collision involving two SUVs. It was exactly where I thought it would be based on the sound coming up the hill.

I called my husband and asked him to call the cops because I didn’t know the number. (I need to put emergency numbers in my cellphone) From what I could see in the darkness I didn’t think there were any bad injuries, that is, I hoped there weren’t. I drove down a block or so and turned around to go back and there was a policeman at the scene but in the darkness I could see someone lying in the road and some people around him (or her) It was then that I could see that the passengers of both cars were teens.

I know now that there were some minor injuries (my husband went down after I came home) but they will be okay. There were some upset parents arriving when my husband was getting ready to leave. I know SUVs get a bad rap but in this case, from just hearing the impact of the wreck and then seeing the damage, those kids were very lucky to be in them. They were protected from much worse injuries or death.

My daughter just called me and told me that they arrived home safely. My son and his family just live across town and were already home by the time I called them so everyone is tucked safely in tonight.

Hopefully all the kids are okay.