Dead Bodies And Pink Deputies: Page 13 Of My Spiral Notebooks
“Hurry, an SUV just jumped the guardrail.”
“Yes, it went airborne. Must’ve flown twenty- or thirty-feet straight up.”
“Uh huh. Hit a tree and then fell down into the ravine.”
“Must’ve been doing ninety or better when it hit the barrier.”
“One of the men is in the top of the tree—”
“No, he’s not moving—”
“That’s right…and I can another one on the riverbank.”
“The car was packed.”
I’d say at least five people were inside.”
“Upside down, now.”
“No, no one is moving.”
“It doesn’t look good.”
A beep, then radio noises in the background.
“Okay, I’m sending an officer right now.”
Long, slow day.
Four hours, two tickets.
“10-4, running radar, but I’m close. I’ll take the call.”
“Rescue is en route?”
“I’m on the way.”
Rubber grips pavement.
Lights flickering and flashing.
Scenery a blur.
Traffic backing up.
Pass on shoulder.
Some looking, some running.
A peek over.
Clothing and papers.
And a body.
“Send me some help!”
One-hundred feet below.
And more mangled humans.
Briars and thorns.
Push through greenery.
Two steps forward.
Wading against the tide.
Two to the right…dead.
Broken and motionless limbs.
The climb out.
Passing rescue workers.
A look around.
A very close look around.
An ocean of…poison ivy.
Neck deep poison ivy.
As far as the eye could see…
Three highly allergic officers.
Three bottles of Calamine lotion.
Seven long days…
Calamine-painted pink deputies.
From head to toe.
And everywhere in between.
Samantha – I’m not sure of the cause, but it was a truly awful scene to experience. It was worse, though, for the rescue people who had the unpleasant task of recovering the bodies, including the one at treetop level.
Pat – I was one of the three “scratching” deputies.
These always get to me. But this one even more. Those poor officers not only had to get through the crash scene, but to suffer from accute posion ivy…horrific.
So few words – such high impact – laughter amidst tragedy.
That’s awful in every way possible.
So did the driver have a heart attack or stroke or what??