A facebook friend had been sitting in heavy traffic. He must have been bored out of his mind. He actually made a comment on one of my posts - which in itself was out of the ordinary. But the post was over four years old. That's what really threw me.
I had not even started my blog yet. Jenna was taking a theatre class near my sister's house. Our house was two hours north of the elementary school that Jenna attended, and Kayla's was two miles west. On Wednesdays I would just drive to Kearns and park in my sister's driveway. We would walk around the neighborhood and visit others until it was time to walk to the high school where she had her class. But on that particular day, we had little time to spare before making our way to the high school. Who knew that the heavy traffic between three and four would still exist (and actually worsen) three hours later causing the instructor to be late also.
I had even considered calling her when it was 3:30 but chose not to believing the delays would be cleaned up by then. I was wrong. She contacted me after 7:00 because mine seemed to be the only student phone number that she had in her cell phone. The class had decided to play a game of "duck duck goose" while they waited. I had mentioned the accident before. I reconfirmed it.
The accident had happened on 5400 and 3200 W. I'd been hit at that same intersection just six months earlier - but there hadn't been enough damage to cause a major back-up. But there were major delays that night. It didn't matter where in the city I happened to be driving or at what time. Traffic was a bear. It reminded me of a Friday.
5400 is not the greatest street. I have always hated it. The decades has just made me hate the street even more - especially after all the "improvements" that were made. Dorky traffic lights and lane change lights that made me feel like I was driving in a video game.
Evidently last night's traffic was a repeat (or worse) than what occurred on the night I asked the question on my facebook post "Does anyone know what happened?" because generally when one is stuck in backed up traffic, it is unknown why.
A couple of friends responded that a collision took place involving three cars and that someone had been flight lifted. Three cars were involved in last night's crash as well. 5400 - but further west of the high school. I looked it up last night. There really wasn't much to the story. And I could only find one source.
Meanwhile, I had called Kayla, who is a mother to three who are six and under and at least one was screaming. It didn't seem like it was a good time for her to talk, but at least she understood why Bill might be late (or was late) getting home.
I really don't miss the traffic that I had to deal with in Salt Lake. Thus far I have not seen much in the way of collisions or heavy traffic in Oregon - except in Portland. But I am so far from Portland that the traffic there doesn't affect me. Heavy traffic in Myrtle Creek has been eight cars behind the school bus. I think a collision in Myrtle Creek would be embarrassing for those involved.
Funny how somebody from Oregon was able to tell someone in Utah that her husband would be late due to slow and heavy traffic. The wonders of modern technology.