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Last night, on the bus ride home from work, the bus driver said something unexpected:

“A pedestrian just ran into my bus!”

Now, when I heard that, I was immediately reminded of all those accident descriptions on insurance forms, where drivers claim that trees suddenly jumped out in front of them, or that old men leap onto the hood of their moving cars. But as it turned out, that’s just what happened.

As the bus was driving down the street in the right lane (I’d say it was going about 30-35 mph) a guy jumped off a retaining wall, sprinted across the pavement and slammed himself into the side of the bus.

I didn’t hear the impact. (Ironically, I was reading Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why.) I’m told he survived–an ambulance came for him quickly, and someone who’d seen him said they couldn’t tell how badly he’d been hurt, because he was covered with blankets. I didn’t go near him, because I didn’t want to see anything nasty. I have enough anxiety as it is.

Was it a drunken, mistimed suicide attempt? Was he trying to injure himself to spend a night at a hospital? It did happen just downhill of a long-term homeless encampment.

I’ll never know, I guess.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.


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Jan. 21st, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
He took the phrase "catch a bus" too literally?
Jan. 21st, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
::laughs inappropriately::
Jan. 21st, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
It was a joke, it's appropriate to laugh. Perhaps the joke was inappropriate, but hey, diplomatic I'm not.
Jan. 21st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)

We've actually coined the word "chairkour" to describe the way our son arranged furniture in the living room to jump and climb on.
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
o.0 Ironically, I was reading Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why.

::feels terrible::

I do hope he was okay, but... whoa. :P
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I hope he's okay, too.

Weird thing: I was reading a chapter called DANGER ZONES, describing all the places in the world people think are perfectly safe but aren't. It was a little upsetting, actually, and I was tempted to put the book down. Then the driver pulled to the curb and made that announcement.


Edited at 2010-01-21 08:30 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe he had just seen "Jumper" and figured he could do it if Hayden Christensen could.
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Poor guy. If only he'd said he wanted to mimic Hayden Christensen earlier, he could have been carried away in an ambulance without the impact.
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)

Jan. 21st, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Jan. 27th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
a drunken, mistimed suicide attempt?

I would have been wondering what was chasing him...
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Gah! Plot idea I do not need!

Must... control... imagination... Must... work on... current... project...
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
..really, dont you just want to know? No one runs that fast or crazy like that unless there is some real motivation.
Jan. 28th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I suspect the real reason would just make me morose.
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  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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