Driving home from the mall yesterday with my friend, I’m at the junction of 517 and Route 94 in Vernon. Since I already got pulled over once in that town for apparently ‘not yielding’ I made an extra effort to slow down even more at the intersection. What happened next was almost surreal.

As I was slowing for the yield, I passed a red Jeep Cherokee on my left which was waiting to turn left, and saw an oncoming pickup trick, so I was waiting for it to pass before I pulled out.

BOOM. Screech. Parts everywhere, right in front of me, and a Dodge Dakota is sitting right on the yellow lines in the middle of the road, its passenger side front 3/4 completely obliterated. I completely thought that the guy hit me, but I didn’t feel it, or see the damage on my truck from the inside.

When I got out to see if the other driver was OK, I figured out what happened. The Cherokee was now facing 94 northbound, it had apparently not yielded and cut off the pickup, which slammed into it. Still, when a violent accident like that happens right in front of me – I guess I can’t help but be a little disoriented for a few moments.

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