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My Neighborhood Car Crash Saga

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Here is the story of my neighborhood car crash saga. We will cover the event itself, and then the site remediation.

So, one morning about 7:40 a.m., I heard a loud bang outside my house. I opened the front door, but could not see anything. Life carried on.

A few minutes later, a man knocked on my front door wondering if I had a fire extinguisher. I looked in the hall closet but my extinguisher was nowhere to be found. (More on this shortly.) He ran off and I followed.

As I got past the large fir tree in my front yard, I saw that a car had crashed through the barriers at the end of my cull-de-sac. A woman had left the car (air bags work) and the vehicle was starting to burn. A truck pulled up and driver had a fire extinguisher. Soon thereafter, ambulance, police and fire arrived.

Turns out this woman had sped down our street in a compact car, lost control and crashed. She had been drinking, as evidenced by an empty vodka bottle in the car. The multiple speed-bumps had done nothing to slow her down, apparently. Police escorted her away in the ambulance. Later that morning, a flatbed tow-truck hauled the car away.

Now, this car crash saga happened in late March, 2019. So, why am I writing about it now?

Car Crash Saga – Site Remediation

Well, here is part two of the story. Last week, a City of Calgary work crew showed up – a truck and front-end loader. They moved the concrete barriers back into their original position, as shown below. It took the City just over 238 weeks to fix up the site.

I went out and thanked the crew for their service. At first, they thought I was being critical. When I told them it had been more than four and a half years since the crash, they were stunned.

Now, this was not a priority task by any stretch of the imagination, but 238 weeks for a work order to get completed? Amazing.


What about the missing fire extinguisher, you ask? It was recalled by Costco and we forgot to replace it!

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