Saturday, December 12, 2009

Death by Pumping Gas{Sad Story}

Let me spin you a little story:

A man wakes up early in the morning, late for work again. He doesn't want to get out of the warm bed where his wife is still sleeping at his side, but he has no choice-He needs to bring home the bacon so she can sleep in like this every day.

He quickly and quietly gets out of bed and tip toes to the bathroom where he takes a shower and gets ready for work. As he goes down the hall to gather his things, he peaks in on his baby sleeping soundly in the early morning hours.

Boy is he lucky.

As he locks up the house making sure his family is safe and sound, he makes way to his truck (he is a trucker) and looks back one more time to remember if he forgot anything.

Satisfied with his conclusion, he climbs in his truck and readies himself for the long drive ahead. Thankfully it's only a day drive unlike the 7 day hauls he's done in the past.

Two hours pass and he is already from Indiana into Illinois when his stomach growls-How could he have forgotten to grab something for breakfast! This is going to put a damper on is time crunch, but he has to do it.

Signaling to turn onto the ramp, he has a McDonald's in his sights. After he is done eating, he figures he might as well get gas for Old Bessy so he heads to the adjoining gas station and starts pumping gas.

All of a sudden, the ground shakes and he hears a huge explosion. Overwhelmed with a sudden and fierce heat wave, he turns just in time to see something coming at him and it goes black.

Our friend, Mr. Trucker, is dead.

I wish I could tell you this was purely a fictitious story(for the most part it's pure speculation on my part) but unfortunately an Indiana trucker did die this past week while pumping gas at a highway oasis.

Apparently there was a gas leak at a plant beside the highway that manufactures computer parts and the building exploded-It wasn't a little explosion either, it was a shake-the-ground-spew-shrapnel-everywhere-heat-wave-felt-from-two-miles-away explosion. It's a miracle no one else was hurt or killed, especially since the explosion was right a major highway and about a stones throw away from a high school.

Can you imagine waking up and going to your job not knowing that day was your last? I guess I'm just thrown by the fact that it wasn't a car accident or a murder like is common these days(I know that's so horrible to say, but it's true), but it was a freak accident like a building exploding and fly by debris killing you instantly while innocently pumping gas in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It really makes you look at everything in a new light.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this sad time. If you want to read any more about the story, you can go Here.

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Matty said...

Such a tragedy, and at this time of year too. It goes to show that you never know when your day is your last.

Judy said...

Such a sad story....unfortunately there are so many more. We need to count our blessing more often and be grateful for what we have.

Kimberly said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. WOW! So horrible.

Anonymous said...

That is a sad story, but a reminder nonetheless that life is precious and short.

lfhpueblo said...

It makes me remember back to two truckers I knew. One twenty-five a former boyfriend that I'd broken up with about six months before. He was only married to a nice woman about a month, when at the age of 25 he had a heart attack in the cab of his truck and died.
Then another older trucker who was married, his kids all grown up. He purposely took his truck off an icy bridge to avoid hitting a school bus that began sliding sideways and straight at him from the opposite direction. It saved those children's lives, but in the process ended his. He was such a hero. I attended his funeral. There were so many rigs there and when they brought his casket out for the drive to the cemetery they all blasted their horns at the same time in honor of him. I just bawled like a baby. He was so very nice, and so was his whole family.
I feel so sorry for the the gentleman you spoke about and his whole family left behind. I pray they'll have comfort and that the Lord helps provide for their financial needs in this time of loss.
It really makes you feel thankful you still have your loved ones.
I actually pray for travel blessings and safety for my husband and loved ones.