Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Breaker, Breaker...


One should not laugh but sometimes it is impossible…There has been a lot of discussion about driving. With hands free phones, eating snacks whilst driving, talking to the kids, watching DVD’s??...well I can see that one being a bit complicated. There are also discussions about who causes the most accidents? Boy racers, women, men or the elderly…most of the time people say the elderly as they are getting forgetful, eyesight is going and the reactions are not what they used to be…

Well sometime they are right and sometimes completely wrong, but do spare a thought for this elderly couple in Southern Sweden who two weeks ago ended up in hospital, not because of their driving but because they were…how shall we put it…a bit muddled…

Our story begins when the couple, an 89 year old man and his 83 year old wife, visited their daughter in the southern University Town of Lund, also known for its excellent University hospital, which proved handy. When they were due to return home, a short 30 minutes drive, the car would not start. They called a breakdown truck that arrived promptly and after a short investigation it was decided that the car would be hoisted up on the truck and taken to a garage near their home.

Note, that in Sweden, you can still sit in your vehicle when being transported by a breakdown truck, so when they arrived at their destination, being the repair garage, the couple forgot that they were 1 meter (3 foot 3 inches) up in the air on the back of a breakers truck and both of them open their doors simultaneously and stepped out. The fell 1 meter down and slammed hard into the ground.

The driver of the truck did not notice the commotion at first; it was not until he looked in the mirrors that he spotted the right hand door (passenger door as the car is left hand drive in Sweden) was open. Shortly thereafter he heard someone screaming and saw one of the elderly flat on the ground by the truck’s wheels…but it was too late, by then he had reversed over the foot of the old man.

The couple was transported, this time in ambulance, back to the town where their journey started, to the hospital. The 89 year old man is reported to have suffered head and face injuries and several fractures on his left foot. His 83 year old wife received a broken arm and four broken ribs…

In understand that the couple are on the road to recovery…

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm crying now, at the thought

Thursday, 01 March, 2007  

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