Philippine Project Notes:
Guardian Angels working overtime.
By Tim Roach
Copyright 2007


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The fact we walked away from being hit by a truck, which was loaded with gravel, with only cuts and bruises says about all that I can say here about Our Creator's protection.

Diagram of what happened (February 06, 2007):
I was crossing the intersection and the truck started turning very far ahead of the intersection and driving in the wrong lane.
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Once I saw that the truck was tracking my turn all I could do was try to go as fast as I could to try to get out of the way. Unfortunately it seemed like the faster I went the sharper he turned.
(It is weird what all goes through your head when such things are happening. Other than asking The Lord for help. and "This is going to hurt". I remember thinking when I realized he was tracking my turn, this must be what it feels like to have a guided missile locked on you ... you know your about to die and there is not a thing you can do about it.)

The accident:
The damage to the truck head light was caused by my helmet.
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The next things that happened happen so fast it is difficult to tell the exact order.

I remember the truck hitting us, seeing the light and the front wheel and trying to get around it thinking "Lord please don't let us go under that wheel".

The next thing I remember I was on the ground. The wind had been knocked out of me so I had trouble breathing and my ribs were hurting. Laying there wondering what happened to the person that was on the bike with me trying to get my breath back.

While I was trying to get my breath back I really figured the other person had been run over and probably killed. Until I heard them yell "Tim, are you ok?"

At about this time I got my breath back but still wasn't sure how bad I might be hurt especially since I didn't feel anything in my legs. About that time someone trying to be helpful started trying to pull me out from under the bike by my belt and shoulders.

My first thought was that if I have a spine injury they are going to snap it and paralyze me. So I started screaming, "Don't touch me!"

They probably thought I was being a rude obnoxious jerk, but at that moment I did not know how little I was hurt and that I was not feeling anything in my legs simply because I was still stunned from the wreck.

So I kept trying to push back anyone trying to touch me until I was able to move my legs, stood up and went over to check on the person with me which had been thrown clear of everything to see if they were ok.

Thankfully the person with me only had a bruised and swollen knee. And a couple of small scratches on their helmet.

To me it seemed like a couple of minutes had passed.

But after wards people that saw it said that basically I was down for a few seconds and jumped up as soon as they started trying to pull me from the bike screaming don't touch me and went over asking the person with me if they were ok.

The basic comment was that everyone was surprised I was alive much less walking.

The Intersection:

Unfortunately I did not think about taking a picture of the intersection at the time of the wreck. However, this gives a fairly good idea of how far back the truck started driving on the wrong side of the road in order to clip us just ahead of the white sign.
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You often hear about how the police will be against non-native people in various countries. And I hear of such things sometimes happening here in the Philippines also. However, in this case I will have to give the local officials a lot of credit.

For not only were they physically at the bike by the time I was getting up they were incredibly helpful afterwards. For they even argued with the truck driver telling him the wreck was blatantly his fault. Telling him that he should be glad that no one was hurt any worse than we were. And that all he had to pay for was the emergency room x-rays / exam to make sure nothing was broken just to get us checked out. Especially since I was not pressing charges against him as the bike was not damaged and we walked away from the accident with just a few cuts and bruises.

It probably did not hurt that they (the police) most likely watched the wreck being that their sub-station is right at the corner where it happened.

I do not know if anyone that saw what happened started believing in miracles that day or believing more in Our Creator. But I know a lot of people after that day came up to me saying how lucky I was to be alive and that The Lord must me watching closely over me.

And with that statement I have to agree, while I may not be lucky with most of the things that people consider to be important, with the things that really count in life I do feel like I am well blessed and very lucky to have The Lord and His Angels watching over me.




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