My friend had just the parked the car in an odd parking spot that wasn’t really a parking spot, we got out and then he started screaming, “oh my god, oh my god.” Just before that I had heard an odd noise but it was rush hour and we were at a gas station so it didn’t register with me.
The odd noise was a man on a moped getting run over by a mail truck. Not a little jeep but a truck. My friend saw him go under all four tires.
We ran out too him and I will never forget the look on his face. Sheer confusion and shock. It was so awful. Blood was coming from his nose, I think. Somewhere on his face. Maybe his hand. No where else on his body.
He was on his side struggling to hold his head up off of the road so I reached down to hold it for him and everyone screamed for me not to touch him. I did anyway because that seemed very cruel not to help him. Finally after I asked the guys who had gathered around to give me a shirt a young man took his off and put it under the man’s head. I went into the gas station to wash my hand off.
I could just imagine this man’s pain. It must have been awful. He didn’t have a broken neck though because he kept moving his head around even though we told him not too. I’m sure he couldn’t help it. He was able to state what day it was and his name so he that was a good sign, for the moment anyway. One of the guys there was an off duty paramedic I think, so he was doing what he could to help. Which wasn’t really much except to talk to him and tell he would be ok.
So now I have a sight to go with the dreadful sound. I almost get sick every time I see it in my head.
With it happening on 9/11 I couldn’t help but think about what all of those people at the Twin Towers went through. The horror would have been paralyzing. How have they managed to move on?
I felt so bad for my friend whom I was with, it’s not the first time he has witnessed something like this.
I have no idea how the man who was is doing. It might be difficult to find out with all of the patient privacy acts in place now.
I know that I could never ever be a paramedic because I was panicked and crying like it was someone I knew. I hope I never anything like that again.